LAKE FOREST, In poor health. — Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s days in Chicago could also be numbered.
Head coach Matt Nagy expressed disapproval on Monday with Parkey’s determination to seem as a visitor on a community morning present a mere 5 days after he missed a probably game-winning 43-yard subject objective try in Chicago’s 16-15 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bears’ Matt Nagy, who coached Kareem Hunt as a rookie, won’t rule out pursuing the RB, who was launched by the Chiefs after video of him shoving and kicking a lady surfaced. Hunt would have to be reinstated from the Commissioner Exempt Listing.
Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery invited followers to try a 43-yard subject objective on Saturday after Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s miss final week. Out of 101 entrants, nobody was profitable.
“For me, you perceive that we all the time discuss about a ‘we’ and not a ‘me’ factor,” Nagy stated on the crew’s season-ending information convention. “We all the time discuss as a crew, we win as a crew, we lose as a crew. You recognize, I simply, I did not essentially suppose that that was an excessive amount of of a ‘we’ factor.”
“Once more, I did not suppose it was a ‘we’ factor.”
Parkey briefly spoke to reporters at his locker within the fast aftermath of Chicago’s postseason defeat however left the crew facility the subsequent day earlier than the membership’s scheduled media availability.
Nagy stated he performed an ordinary exit interview with Parkey when the season ended, however that the kicker by no means mentioned the prospect of going on nationwide tv later within the week.
Parkey fell wanting expectations throughout his first 12 months with the Bears.
Chicago signed the veteran kicker in free company to a contract that included $9 million in assured cash, however Parkey missed 11 whole kicks (eight subject targets, three further factors) for the Bears, together with the ill-fated last-second try in opposition to the Eagles that bounced off the left upright and hit the crossbar.
The NFL later credited Philadelphia with a blocked subject objective after slow-motion replays revealed that Parkey’s kick was barely tipped on the line of scrimmage.
Again in Week 10, Parkey hit the uprights on 4 separate missed kicks versus the Detroit Lions.
“You are by no means going to bat a thousand [in free agency],” Bears common supervisor Ryan Tempo stated. “I do know Cody needs he had a greater season. We want he had a greater season, too. We have simply obtained to consider that now. You’ve got obtained to be trustworthy with yourselves in these. I believe as we go ahead, that is once we’ve obtained to be actual and say, hey, that is an necessary place for us. It is a place of emphasis.
“We would like extra manufacturing out of that place and we’re going to get that. We’re going to attempt for that. That is going to be an space of focus. Our objective, after all, is to hit on each draft choose and each UFA. However that is simply not actuality. Typically when that does not occur, you might have to self-reflect and be trustworthy after which enhance it going ahead.”
On the minimal, Tempo stated the Bears may have a kicker competitors in 2019, if not an outright change.
“That is going to be an emphasis and focus for us, the kicker place, and there’ll undoubtedly be competitors there,” Tempo stated.
Chicago may have to carry $four,437,500 value of lifeless salary-cap cash if it cuts Parkey.
“We discuss about these issues [the financial ramifications], however a very powerful factor is efficiency,” Tempo stated.
Parkey, 26, kicked for the Browns, Eagles and Dolphins earlier than the Bears.
Chicago has been unable to stabilize the kicker place because it launched Robbie Gould prior to the 2016 season. Gould went on to make 82 of 85 subject objective makes an attempt for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers and is a free agent. Nonetheless, the 49ers are probably to attempt to signal him to a long-term deal or use the franchise tag to hold him within the Bay Space for 2019 and past.