Since Bears cut Robbie Gould, they’ve missed 19 field goals and he’s missed 3

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Bears General Manager Ryan Pace’s decision to cut kicker Robbie Gould has always been questionable, but never more so than now, after a missed field goal cost the Bears a playoff game.

Gould had played 11 NFL seasons, all with the Bears, and was the team’s longest-tenured active player and all-time leader in points, total field goals and 50-yard field goals, when Pace cut him just before the start of the 2016 regular season. Since then, Gould has played for the Giants and 49ers and gone a combined 82-for-85 on field goals, the best accuracy rate in the NFL over three years. The Bears’ kickers, meanwhile, have gone a cumulative 60-for-79 over the last three years, worst in the NFL — counting Cody Parkey‘s 3-for-4 day yesterday.

There’s been some revisionist history that actually Gould wasn’t good in 2015 and so it was smart for Pace to cut him. That just isn’t true. It’s true that Gould wasn’t quite as great in 2015 as he has been in the three years since then, but he was still an above-average kicker in 2015, when he went 33-for-39 on field goals with a long of 55 yards. Pace just calculated that the kicker he signed to replace Gould, Connor Barth, would be better. And that turned out not to be the case.

Nor has Parkey been better, nor were Mike Nugent nor Cairo Santos, the two kickers the Bears had between Barth and Parkey, better than Gould. The Bears had a good kicker, they cut him, and they’ve paid for it.

61 responses to “Since Bears cut Robbie Gould, they’ve missed 19 field goals and he’s missed 3

  1. I think Bears fans need to brace themselves for the reality that Parkey will return with the Bears this fall. Between the financial commitment and it now coming out the game losing kick was actually tipped, I don’t see Pace & Co. making a move. Best thing Bears fans can hope for in that scenario is it’s a Mason Crosby type deal where he pulls himself out after a dreadful season and becomes more reliable. As it stands, Parkey is the biggest limiting factor on the Bears’ future success.

  2. I think the story of the game is how the vaunted Bears defence, the mega million dollar defense, came up short when it mattered.

    Now they get to sit at home and watch the draft with no first round pick.

  3. I couldn’t agree more with this article. Consistent kickers are extremely important. Another example would be Sebastian Janikowski on the Seahawks. The Raiders cut him and went thru 3 or 4 kickers before they found a kicker that was somewhat decent. I’m not a fan of the kicking game but the truth is kickers win games……a lot of them. Another stupid example but a true one for all you fantasy players would be: How many fantasy Championships or fantasy games have you won because you had a consistent kicker who put up a ton of points? I’m no GM but what the hell are these guys thinking?

  4. Never understood why they cut Gould. Was always good. Especially considering Soldier Field isn’t the most kicker friendly stadium in the NFL.

  5. I never understood moving on from Gould so quickly. Now, moving on from Parkey would require the GM to acknowledge the mistake which is not easy to do. I have watched the Bears a lot this season. Teams could move the ball on them and get yards but the Bears defense seemed to always make the play and get the turnover. This time, the Eagles made the play. That being said, this is the game that the Bears gave up the two 1st rounders and that huge contract to Mack for him to show up and he was basically invisible. If I were a Bears fan, that would be high on my list of big disappointments from yesterday.

  6. Uh, the new kickers were cheaper. It is that simple. They thought they could replace Gould and save money. Miscalculated, they did.

  7. BTW… Khalil completely nonexistent. Bears D as a whole, just 5 QB pressures. Unbelievable. Now Ingraham on LA showed up when it counted. Let’s see what Donald does. I have a funny suspicion he’ll make a statement.

  8. Probably shouldn’t have cut Gould. However, Parkey just went 3 of 4 in a playoff game with the 4th one hitting the uprights after being tipped. Dumping him after a performance like that would be as dumb as getting rid of Gould.

  9. Their window just got much smaller. This is what they have to look forward to:

    1. No first or second round pick this year
    2. No first and third next year (receive Oakland’s 2nd rounder)
    3. Only $20M in cap space for 2019 with only 38 players accounted for
    4. The prospect of losing defensive coordinator

    They will only be an injury or two from becoming another Jacksonville.

  10. For every team that has a good steady kicker, it crosses their mind that instead of paying the kicker $3-4M, maybe you can do just about as good with a $0.5M replacement. But you can’t.

  11. Mr J says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Or Maybe Pace wanted to save some $$$$$ by cutting Gould. As k him how that worked out for him.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Maybe he needed the $$$$$ he could save to pay Jay Cutler.

  12. Some people on Twitter are so desperate to pin this on Parkey that they’re arguing the tip actually *improved* the flight of the ball to make it a closer miss. Easier to compartmentalize I guess when you can just say “stupid kicker” and move on.

  13. I said it at the time and I’ve repeated it since, that was a big mistake cutting Gould, and that is the kind of nonsense we get when a new GM comes in and just has to put their stamp on things.

    Pace has been a decent GM, but that is one huge blunder that has cost the team, the franchise and the fans, and it was completely avoidable.

    Let’s hope they take this opportunity to improve that part of their game, as well as giving Trubisky a top tier receiver.

  14. hailtothenamechange says:
    January 7, 2019 at 10:04 am

    For every team that has a good steady kicker, it crosses their mind that instead of paying the kicker $3-4M, maybe you can do just about as good with a $0.5M replacement. But you can’t.

    ***

    I just looked up his contract, and Parkey *is* the $3-4M kicker. Yikes. For what it’s worth, Spotrac says the first real out on Parkey’s contract is after 2019.

  15. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured....I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:

    The Bears are exactly who we thought they were. Gimmicky offensive system only scores 15 points. Mack disappeared. Their vaunted defense crumbled and gave up the game winning TD. They gave a fortune to a kicker that has been inconsistent at best.

    Congratulations! You way overpaid for Mack to win the division and get bounced in the first round. With 3 soon to be higher priority FA’s that you need and only 20 million in cap space, good luck with that. Only having 3,4,5,7 round picks pretty much ensures you will lack quality depth and talent going forward. But why does Pace care? He extended his several million dollar job by a couple years by signing the flashy object. It will be the next GM that will have no talent to work with.

  16. Between Chris Boswell and Cody Parkey NO GM will spend big $$$ on a FA kicker this off-season…..those two kickers have shown you just DON”T lay out huge contracts for kickers. Go find the diamond in the rough like Mike Badgley or Greg Joseph of the Browns.

  17. areyouseriousrofl says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:25 am

    This move was always a head scratcher for me.
    *************************************************************************
    Long suffering Bears fans will tell you the Chicago Bears front office has been littered with head-scratching moves for many, many years. This one was just another in the series!

  18. Parkey? Let’s not forget they let Alshon Jeffrey go into FA and ended up with Allen Robinson. While Robinson had a good game, he’s not close to Alshon!

  19. OUCH!!!
    THEY SURE DID “NOT PAY”, PAY FOR IT!!!!
    Don’t know what you got till it’s gone…..

  20. I’m no Bears fan but as far as not having a 1st round draft choice I don’t see it as a big deal as: 1) they are pretty solid throughout – no glaring needs (like the Vikings OL) and 2) they are a relatively young team and 3) their personnel – such as uber mobile linebackers – fits the changing times.

  21. Although I think Pace is a bit of an an improvement, the Bears front office had been a joke for many many years. They make moves that defy logic and just look at the results for the past 33 years since ’85.

  22. I think the Bears are getting Gould back, which makes this 49ers fan none too happy. He’s a FA and his family still lives in the Chicago area if im not mistaken. I imagine he wants to go back, despite having really cemented himself as one of our team captains. I hope the Bears treat him with the respect he deserves this time around.

  23. It all started with a short punt, followed by the defense not getting it done and then the missed FG.

  24. Bears didn’t lose because of Parkey, they lost because their defense gave up a go-ahead touchdown – at home – and then allowed the potential game-winning FG to be (partially) blocked. Those things don’t change with Gould or anyone else.

    Franchise tag would cost at least 5M, so I don’t believe the Niners would do that.

    Reminder: Gould is on his 5th team, so don’t give up easily on kickers; some get much better with age/experience.

  25. The NFL may want to think about eliminating the kick altogether. Kickers supposedly aren’t respected in the locker room anyway. If it came to a vote I’d bet all those card carrying NFLPA members would vote overwhelming to abolish the goal posts and those frail little specialist chokers who attempt putting the ball through them.

  26. This is just another example with easy metrics that points to the incredible lack of leadership and vision that has impacted the Bears since 1986. This is an organization with no vision, and little understanding of doing anything other than maybe win the next game. The mantra at Halas Hall is “don’t rock the boat”, and Robbie Gould did that and that is the result.

  27. joetoronto says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I think the story of the game is how the vaunted Bears defence, the mega million dollar defense, came up short when it mattered.

    Now they get to sit at home and watch the draft with no first round pick.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Totally agree. #1 defensive unit at home cant protect a TD lead with couple minute left.

    “Ok, Khalil, and you Monsters of the Midway 58 min have past and here we are, we got the lead. Get a stop here we win, this is the exact moment this D was built for. Oops.

    Parkey takes the blame, but what a wiff for that defense.

  28. Parkey was unable to save the “Monsters of the Midway”. Unfortunate Bears Nation tried to equate this group with the real Monsters of the Midway. Having said that, if y’all don’t want Akeem Hicks, we will gladly take him! Keep Flying Eagles…

  29. Mack now has the chance to become a Jay Cutler on the defensive side. Super big contract that will cause the loss of other players (no money to pay them) and the possibility of occasionally being good but more often to quietly disappear completely when the pressure is on. See 1/6/2019.

  30. Anyone who believe Mack didnt have an impact on the game is not very aware of whats happening. Hes at LEAST double teamed EVERY play.. Literally EVERY play the defense has an “extra” man (or 2) unblocked. For those who never played sports at a high level, its common in most every sport for the best players in the world (at anything) to be neutralized when TWO other “solid” (A) players play vs him. I [played and coached.. like him or not – Mack is amazing.

  31. Robbie was cut because he had a very shaky 2015, was getting a lot of money, but most importantly because he was the union rep and had a reputation as being a little bit high maintenance. That is all.

  32. How long until the other big contributors on the Bears defense get tired of Mack being paid like a franchise QB? I see problems looming because eventually the others won’t be happy being paid a fraction of what Mack gets. The offseason will be fascinating.

  33. Was thinking the same thing MDS…. we didnt even end up saving any money because Gould’s deal with SF is less than Parkeys anyways. Pace making critical mistakes.

    Good to see it was possibly tipped tho.

  34. I wasn’t going to weigh in on this, but I couldn’t contain myself. The rules favor the offense. The NFL believes that fans want to see points scored. It seems like in most cases they are right too. There are a few crusty old guys like me who love to watch a good defense at work, but most people want to see those score board numbers running up. So you really can’t pin this on the Bears defense. The rules in favor the offense.,Actually it makes more sense to pin it on the Bears offense because they didn’t score enough points to stay ahead of the Eagles in a low-scoring game. But each year it gets tougher and tougher for a defense to really dominate a game and that’s not the direction things are going anyway. That’s why all these teams are looking for innovative offensive minded coaches. The Bears defense played well. But the Eagles offense played slightly better. End of story.

  35. rho1953 says: January 7, 2019 at 9:50 am
    “Uh, the new kickers were cheaper. It is that simple. They thought they could replace Gould and save money. Miscalculated, they did.”

    ===================

    Well, Parkey’s 4-years, 15 million contract with 9 millions guaranteed isn’t cheap either.

  36. I was watching Rex Ryan on ESPN telling us that if he was coaching the Bears they would have stopped the Eagles on that last drive. I guess Rex forgot that there is actual video evidence of his coaching acumen in NY and Buffalo?

  37. Many comments on here on why the Bears cut Gould. Shaky 2015, due a $1 million dollar roster bonus. Those are pretty minimal in hindsight. Robbie said himself that he had to work on his kicking in that off season, which has paid huge dividends. But the real reason he cut was the conflict with HC John Fox and the Bears front office which stemmed from Gould’s role as the NFLPA union rep for the Bears. He was pretty vocal on player issues and according to Chicago sports media, the Bears front office was not down with that. But you cannot argue with the fact the Bears kicking game has completely failed since Gould’s departure and his has only gotten better. He is a FA this upcoming season, his family still lives in Chicago, it will be interesting to see if pride can be swallowed all around and the Bears can be “Good as Gould” in the kicking game again.

  38. daphne49er says:

    January 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Bears didn’t lose because of Parkey, they lost because their defense gave up a go-ahead touchdown – at home – and then allowed the potential game-winning FG to be (partially) blocked. Those things don’t change with Gould or anyone else.

    Franchise tag would cost at least 5M, so I don’t believe the Niners would do that.

    Reminder: Gould is on his 5th team, so don’t give up easily on kickers; some get much better with age/experience.

    Sorry, but you are wrong, Gould is on his third team. Bears (all time leading scorer), Giants (one miss on a blocked FG), 49ers (two missed FGs). He is a priority FA resign for the 49ers this upcoming season.

  39. If the refs don’t miss on the 2pt conversion prior, the FG only ties the game and we go to overtime. That should be the story here, that the Bears were almost handed a win they didn’t get. Parkey’s tipped kick only maintained what should have be the outcome anyway which is an Eagles win. The nose of the ball was clearly across the plane. Eagles should’ve been up 18 to 15 at that point.

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