Cody Parkey’s missed game-winning field goal in the Bears’ playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in January has sparked a complete overhaul of the kicking game in Chicago, and rightfully so.
That overhaul, however, is off to a rough start.
Bears coach Matt Nagy had all eight kickers that Chicago brought to its rookie minicamp this spring attempt a 43-yard field goal — the same distance Parkey missed from at Soldier Field — in front of the entire team on Friday.
Combined, they went just 2 of 8.
"That's not good enough," Nagy said, via ESPN. "Now I will say this, we always look at the end result of what happens, which is 100 percent what matters right? But as we're learning, two of those eight holds and snaps, it wasn't 100 percent, all right. I'll leave it at that.
"So it's not always, 'So we've got to work through that.' That's why after today we're not going to just go about and make rash decisions or anything. We're going to play it out."
Parkey missed the 43-yard game-winning field goal — which was technically blocked — in the final seconds of the Bears’ wild card playoff game against the Eagles in January, and was essentially run out of Chicago in the aftermath of the kick.
Chicago now has four kickers under contract and four more that Nagy brought in at rookie minicamp since releasing Parkey at the start of the league year. Nagy said the team plans to hold a kicking competition when the full team reports to training camp in July, which will cut that number down and, in theory, determine the Bears’ new starting kicker.
After their performance on Friday, however, it’s clear the Bears still have a long way to go to move past the infamous double-doink.
"We have a method to our madness and, again, I think for us, just besides finding a kicker and being able to see what they can do in practice, we want to be able to see as much as we can in game situations, how they handle that too," Nagy said, via ESPN. "Because it's one thing to be able to go over and bang 8 for 8 when it doesn't really matter. But what about when it matters? You know that's what we're trying to figure out too, because we have young kickers and we're trying to create that."
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