Bears may send kicker to Soldier Field to practice

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The Bears aren’t going to bring in other kickers this week, but they may make their kicker practice in another place.

After Cody Parkey bounced four kicks off the uprights in a win over the Lions, Bears coach Matt Nagy expressed confidence in his kicker, but acknowledged they may let him get his mid-week work in Soldier Field as opposed to their normal practice facility.

“If that’s something that we decide to do, then we’ll get it done,” Nagy said, via Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. Nagy added that when he talks to his kicker, he’s “not going to sugarcoat anything.”

Parkey is 13-for-18 on field goals and 30-for-32 on extra points this year. He had only missed once at Soldier Field prior to Sunday’s personal game of horse.

“If I’m spending time with him, he’s in trouble,” Nagy said. “He doesn’t want to spend time with me. We’ll talk and I’ll make sure that we understand. He understands it was tough. He gets it. He’s not a child. He understands the magnitude of it. If you overdo it, you beat it down, you just make it worse.”

The Bears gave Parkey a four-year, $15 million contract this offseason, so they have a vested interest in helping him get back to form. And getting him used to the way the winds work could help him become more comfortable in his new home.

29 responses to “Bears may send kicker to Soldier Field to practice

  1. Robbie Gould used to practice hitting the upright, on purpose, at Soldier Field. I’d say getting to know the conditions at home is a $15 million dollar idea

  2. Nagy has mostly been making good decisions this year as has Pace. If this is what he thinks best, I back him completely. I hope that he is right. That said, I still don’t know why we don’t still have Robbie Gold- cutting him was a BAD decision.

  3. Nagy sounds less like a good hire, and more like a great hire, every time I hear him speak. These Bears certainly appear to be going places. That said, whoever decided to get rid of Robbie Gould should be beaten; severely and often.

  4. How do you have an article about Cody Parkey and not acknowledge that he has one of the best nicknames ever in sports, the “Jupiter Juggernaut”

  5. Shouldn’t they have been doing that already? The bottom line is that Parkey just isn’t very good but they’ve got too much money into him to go another direction.

  6. Heard Kevin Butler yesterday on the radio. He went every week to Solider Field and kicked. It was part of his weekly routine. Hopefully that being said, Sunday was an aberration. Had he missed four kicks would be one thing but to hit the post FOUR TIMES is one of those great statistical improbabilities like rolling 7 four straight passes in craps…or in his case 12 4xs in a row.

  7. Nagy is a great offensive coach. He needs to learn to be a great head coach. Some of his game time decisions have been questionable but in his defense, the team is winning especially against teams they SHOULD beat. Nagy needs to learn how to win against the teams where the Bears are the underdog, like Packers and the Patriots. Parkey should take it upon himself to practice kicking in Soldier Field, he shouldn’t wait for the head coach to tell him to do so. But if it hasn’t become obvious, Nagy needs to send Parkey to Solider Field every week to practice kicking there.

  8. The Bears cut Gould at the end of preseason 2016 because he was set to make 3 million a year with a 500k bonus. I love how GM’S love to try to go cheap on kickers and it bites them in the a## ala Rick Speilman.

  9. Just forget about Gould. He’s a great kicker but was probably let go due to his high cost on a miserable rebuilding team. I would bet Drew Breeze couldn’t hit those posts four times like Parkry did. It does make sense for him to practice at Soldier Field.

  10. Well, the team might be better this year, but the front office is still just as stupid. Why in the world would you NOT have your kicker practice on the actual field of play? Even with new sod the field is like a cow pasture and let’s not get started about the wind. Moronic.

  11. The Almighty Cabbage guy suggested someone should get physically assaulted frequently and bad enough to be called severe as a result of making an incorrect personnel decision for a football team. Someone quick! Give this person a hug.

  12. Jeffrey Julian says:
    November 13, 2018 at 10:10 am

    The Almighty Cabbage guy suggested someone should get physically assaulted frequently and bad enough to be called severe as a result of making an incorrect personnel decision for a football team. Someone quick! Give this person a hug.

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    If any of you guys try to hug me, I’ll hug back; severely and often. Haw!

  13. There’s a lot of rewriting of history when it comes to Gould. He was consistently missing critical makeable kicks and was the highest paid kicker in the NFL at the time. Not to mention his kickoffs were short. The decision to release him was the right decision and it is a credit to him that he turned his career around.

  14. dino2997 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 10:50 am
    There’s a lot of rewriting of history when it comes to Gould. He was consistently missing critical makeable kicks and was the highest paid kicker in the NFL at the time. Not to mention his kickoffs were short. The decision to release him was the right decision and it is a credit to him that he turned his career around.
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    The other way to look at it is: Gould hit one rough patch in an otherwise stellar career, kicking in the league’s most difficult venue and the Bears panicked, releasing him way too soon. Mason Crosby had that one horrible year but McCarthy stubbornly stuck with him and that worked out better for the Packers than releasing Gould has worked out for the Bears. I won’t lie, though, Crosby’s 5 misses in the Detroit game had me awfully worried.

  15. I loved how Nagy finally essentially said eff it and just went for 2 instead. That said more than anything he could have said on a mic.

  16. whattaditka says:
    November 13, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Robbie Gould used to practice hitting the upright, on purpose, at Soldier Field. I’d say getting to know the conditions at home is a $15 million dollar idea
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    I think Parkey already has the hitting the upright thing down cold. He should probably practice getting the ball in between the uprights.

  17. You have to admit, it was AMAZING to hear that 4th THUNK! The Bears easily won so it was actual fun.

    Hopefully it was just a bad day and he got it out of his system.

    I’m with Coach Nagy on this one.

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