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FAN Take – Shake It Off

By Annalece Montgomery

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

We’ve seen a lot of great athletes falter recently, with their fans calling for their removal from the team, amongst other harsh comments. But when one of those days happens, how do these athletes pick themselves up and head into the next game with a clear head?

This week, Mason Crosby, veteran kicker for the Green Bay Packers missed four field goal attempts and an extra point attempt. That’s 13 points the team missed out on, and they fell to the Detroit Lions 31-23. We don’t need to do the math for you, but it’s not a surprise that fans felt he cost the team the game. At one point in the game, Crosby even switched cleats, but that didn’t help. It was an off day for Crosby, as he is the Packer’s career scoring leader and had made 10 of 11 field goals leading into this week’s game. Aaron Rodgers remained loyal to him in the post-game interviews, calling him “one of the greatest kickers of all time.” We commend the QB for his sentiments and being there for his longtime teammate.

In Sunday’s match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, we saw a similarly tough performance, this time from Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles. While he completed 33 of 61 passes for a whopping 430 yards, he also threw four interceptions. In post-game interviews, head coach Doug Marrone highlighted things he did right, acknowledged issues he needs to work on, and faced their faults head on. When asked of Bortles’ performance, he said “he’s a heck of a quarterback…he’s good on film, he’s good in person.”

If you, the fans, were the coach of a veteran player who had such an off day, what would you do? Would you be supportive? Would you call the player out in front of his teammates, or publicly? Would you move past their performance and focus on the next game – just shake it off and let it go? Or would you face the problem head on and make sure that game film is reviewed in detail with that player? We want to hear from YOU!

Power To The Fans!

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