Kyle Long on Cody Parkey: We lost as a team

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Bears players were at the team’s facility on Monday to clean out lockers and offer postmortems on the loss to the Eagles that ended their season, which meant they got questions about kicker Cody Parkey.

Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt with five seconds left to play was tipped by Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Heter and then went off the upright to seal Philly’s 16-15 win. On Monday, Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said he’s “going to ride with my guy” and guard Kyle Long pointed out that there was a lot of other football played before Parkey’s fateful kick.

“I just told him, ‘Dude, you had half our points today,'” Long said, via the team’s website. “I can’t even imagine what he’s going through. It’s a tough job, it’s a really tough job. I just wanted to make sure he understood that we all had his back and I think every guy in here did the same thing I did. I feel for Cody. At the end of the day, it’s a team thing. We lost as a team. We win as a team. We lose as a team. We could have done better in a lot of areas.”

It’s hard to argue with Long’s take, but that doesn’t mean the team should avoid a deeper evaluation of the kicker spot heading into next season. Parkey missed 10 kicks during the regular season and that would have merited a closer look even without the high profile one at the end of their Wild Card loss.

43 responses to “Kyle Long on Cody Parkey: We lost as a team

  1. yeah right, you sad pathetics cubby bears lost on cody parkey’s double doink. just wake up and smell the brimsttone cubby fans.

  2. Was that his third or fourth miss this year at the end of regulation with the game on the line?

  3. New kicker, improve the OL, fix Jordan Howard or upgrade him, get Trubisky better. That’s the short list of Pace and Nagy’s to-dos this season.

    Not counting replacing their DC if that becomes necessary, too.

  4. For all of those who don’t follow the Bears, Cody Parkey hitting the uprights was a “thing” all season long (he hit 4 in one game). Chicago sports radio was joking all week about how sick it would be for them to lose on a Parkey kick hitting the upright. Hence the immediate outrage when it happened. It was our greatest nightmare coming true.

    Fortunately, it was tipped so the blame can’t be put on him. The Eagles were just the better team that day. But the future in Chicago is bright.

  5. The Bears put themselves in this position starting with the HC, had they tanked the Vikings game they would of been playing the Vikings and would be on to the next Round.

  6. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:40 am

    It was tipped. Leave that poor dude alone. It’s a damn football game.
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    So how about the other 10 misses during the season, were they also tipped? For 9 million dollars guaranteed he should improve just a little, don’t you think?

  7. exinsidetrader says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:32 am
    THE. KICKED. WAS. TIPPED!

    Dude you hit it on the head. We’re blaming a kicker for either extraordinary defensive play or poor line play. There is no “fault” and quite frankly there was 59 minutes and change before they even got there. Defense doesn’t let up that last TD, game over.

    Besides, who’s your next kicker? Kicking game has gotten sub-par, so what do you do? Pick up a kicker who was sub-par for someone else and hope? Doesn’t seem like a strategy to me.

    Good comment.

  8. Had Parkey not missed 11 total kicks this season (not counting extra points) The Bears would have been a #1 seed. He missed a game winner in Miami that would have put them at 13-3 with the tie breaker over The Rams and over The Saints having only 2 NFC games lost. Yes, this was all his fault, it just came as a package deal for the entire season.
    Good riddance Parkey – You do not belong on an NFL roster.

  9. bassplucker says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:40 am
    New kicker, improve the OL, fix Jordan Howard or upgrade him, get Trubisky better. That’s the short list of Pace and Nagy’s to-dos this season.

    Not counting replacing their DC if that becomes necessary, too.

    You do realize the Bears had a if not the top defense in the NFL this year, right? Agree with the other to do’s but don’t think the DC is one of them. That was execution, not scheme. Plus it is one game. A really important game but still one game.

  10. I used to joke that I would raise a family of punters. Nobody ever blames the punter.
    The Bears’ punter absolutely shanked his last punt, which gave the Eagles great field position for their last touchdown drive. It was like a 35-yard punt that set up the Eagles on their own 45. Then the Best Defense in the World missed some key tackles, took a few bad penalties, and let Nick Foles march down the field for a touchdown on the Eagles’ last drive. But nobody even remembers that it happened. The Bears had six points going into the fourth quarter at home. Six. (And they were all scored by Parkey.)

    The fact that Parkey was bad all season was irrelevant on Sunday, just like the fact that the Bears won three more games than the Eagles was irrelevant, and Khalil Mack’s regular-season sack total was irrelevant. You can’t crucify the guy for his previous misses.

    Yes, Parkey choked on Sunday at the very end — on a tipped kick. But the defense choked before that; the punter choked before that; and the offense was asleep for three quarters.

    Parkey still needs to go because he just isn’t good, but to hang the entire loss on him is ridiculous.

  11. I think beteen Chris Boswell AND Cody Parkey you have seen the END of ANY GM signing a kicker to a long term , large $$$ guaranteed contract. It’s just not worth the headache when you want to replace them.

  12. Didn’t the Bears lose because the D give up a TD to Golden Tate ? Same non-sense with the Miami Miracle. If the Pats score a TD instead of a FG on the previous play the Miami miracle is meaningless (well more meaningless).

  13. 1) how’s about the vaunted D not roll over for the Iggles’ game-winning drive (at least we can stop with the “good as 85” nonsense)

    2) Nagy did his team no favors with time management at the end. When it was obvious the Iggles were going to score, call the timeout and give your team more of a chance. Had Cohen not had that fantastic return and bailed out Nagy’s poor clock management, Parkey likely would never have even gotten a chance.

    Plenty of blame to go around.

  14. objectivefbfan says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:59 am
    bassplucker says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:40 am
    New kicker, improve the OL, fix Jordan Howard or upgrade him, get Trubisky better. That’s the short list of Pace and Nagy’s to-dos this season.

    Not counting replacing their DC if that becomes necessary, too.

    You do realize the Bears had a if not the top defense in the NFL this year, right? Agree with the other to do’s but don’t think the DC is one of them. That was execution, not scheme. Plus it is one game. A really important game but still one game.
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    Psst. You may not have noticed but their DC is likely getting poached to be someone’s HC. They would need to replace him for that reason not some butthurt perception that his defense lost the playoff game.

  15. “Had Parkey not missed 11 total kicks this season (not counting extra points) The Bears would have been a #1 seed. He missed a game winner in Miami that would have put them at 13-3 with the tie breaker over The Rams and over The Saints having only 2 NFC games lost.”

    You do realize the Saints already had the top seed locked up so the last game they lost was meaningless to them, right? So no, the Bears don’t automatically become the 1 seed if dude kicks the winner against Miami…never mind the fact that the Bears lost a home game against the 6 seed. Why assume they fare any better as a 1 or 2 seed?

  16. give up 16 points in a home playoff game, your team should cover and win most every time

    not on the kicker, score touchdowns

  17. I’m so confused on why Parkey is STILL taking heat. The kick was deflected. AKA, the blockers failed the kicker. Long and his buddies should be getting the heat, not the kicker.

  18. bowenfootdoc2013 says: “Missing 10 kicks during the season maybe put the Bears in a different position than if some of those 10 were made?”
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    Nope. Of the 10 misses (7FGs, 3Xpt), they won all those games except Miami, which they lost in OT.

    beardown502 says: “He missed a game winner in Miami that would have put them at 13-3 with the tie breaker over The Rams and over The Saints having only 2 NFC games lost.”
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    That kick was from 53 yards out. Certainly not a gimme kick for anyone.

  19. objectivefbfan says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:59 am
    bassplucker says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:40 am
    New kicker, improve the OL, fix Jordan Howard or upgrade him, get Trubisky better. That’s the short list of Pace and Nagy’s to-dos this season.

    Not counting replacing their DC if that becomes necessary, too.

    You do realize the Bears had a if not the top defense in the NFL this year, right? Agree with the other to do’s but don’t think the DC is one of them. That was execution, not scheme. Plus it is one game. A really important game but still one game.

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    I’m pretty sure he meant replace the DC if Fangio goes to Denver (or elsewhere).

  20. Precisely. Kick deflected. Not a kicker problem, a blocking problem.

    But then, some may say Parkey’s trajectory was too flat… I didn’t see it that way, that kick was on the money and would easily have won the game without the deflection.

    Well, if they wanted a sure thing, then the O should have gotten them closer. 43-yd field goals aren’t automatic. Especially when a cagey HC like Pederson ices the crap out of him; you could see Parkey was visibly irritated by that.

    So yes, a team loss. And as a Raiders fan, I was glad to see it.

  21. everyone is just talking about “the missed,tipped kick” NO ONE is talking about the ICEING on the kick before. every NFL fan should know that ICEING works 50% of the time.

  22. 1) how’s about the vaunted D not roll over for the Iggles’ game-winning drive (at least we can stop with the “good as 85” nonsense)

    2) Nagy did his team no favors with time management at the end. When it was obvious the Iggles were going to score, call the timeout and give your team more of a chance. Had Cohen not had that fantastic return and bailed out Nagy’s poor clock management, Parkey likely would never have even gotten a chance.

    Plenty of blame to go around.
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    Spot on. Top D can’t make the key stop after a shanked punt. Terrible clock management or they have 40 more seconds to get the kick closer. Poor blocking on the kick. A total meltdown of which the kick itself was least of the problem.

  23. Say what you want about Codey Parkey but he stood up there and took questions from the press like a man after the game and answered all of them (which were all pretty much variations on the same question). I respect that a lot.

  24. Kicking is an old mans game. That said every kicker has good years and bad years and teams should really look at overall consistency than knee jerk reactions

  25. I respect how the Bears have rallied around Parkey.
    Since Hester deflected the ball, it’s not on Parkey at all.

  26. So, the kick was tipped? One of the kicker’s job is to get the trajectory so the kick is not tipped. It’s not like the Eagles broke in and were all over him. And who knows (unless we have someone from Mythbusters reading this) – could the tip have actually stopped the kick from going wider? It’s a 43-yard FG, in good conditions, with the season on the line… He HAS to make that kick. All that being said; it obviously is NOT entirely his fault. TEN Men on the field for one of the two TDs they gave up. A bad punt when they needed a good one was really needed. Allen Robinson not dragging his foot on a long pass to the sidelines (where he was not being covered) that would have kept a drive going, no one reacting to the Anthony Miller catch/drop and picking up the ball. A couple dumb/bad penalties, Cohen having only FOUR touches… It was a team loss and Parkey was just the last guy to not do his job.

  27. cobrala2 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm
    I respect how the Bears have rallied around Parkey.
    Since Hester deflected the ball, it’s not on Parkey at all.

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    But he will probably still be cut.

  28. It was a team loss and Parkey was just the last guy to not do his job.
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    Spot on. The most succinct and accurate description of the loss that I’ve seen yet. As noted by many others, though, Parkey was a weak link all season. If he and the Bears part ways this offseason it won’t be just because of that kick.

  29. It is a game of inches. The ball could have gone through the uprights if it had landed inches away. It hit the inside of the upright but landed on the outside of the crossbar. Heck, Khalil Mack’s below par performance (for him) is the bigger factor in Chicago losing this game. Chicago got away with some non-calls on its secondary in the regular season but it did not get away with them in the postseason.

  30. The Bears lost the week before when they chose to win a battle and not a war, letting the more dangerous and hot team into the playoffs. Oh and current Super Bowl Champs. Dumb move coach

  31. chickensalad43 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:40 am
    For all of those who don’t follow the Bears, Cody Parkey hitting the uprights was a “thing” all season long (he hit 4 in one game). Chicago sports radio was joking all week about how sick it would be for them to lose on a Parkey kick hitting the upright. Hence the immediate outrage when it happened. It was our greatest nightmare coming true.

    Fortunately, it was tipped so the blame can’t be put on him. The Eagles were just the better team that day. But the future in Chicago is bright

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    Bears played a last place schedule, next year they will play a first place schedule. See what happened to the eagles. No first round picks for two years, the future is not that bright. Bears drop to third in the NFCN and out of playoffs next year. BTW, what happened to Frank Booth?

  32. seriously at all the people saying the kick was tipped…. it was a 43 yard kick without any abnormal push from the D-Line. Listen to the comments made by Jay Feely. Theres a lot a kicker can do to avoid a jumper being able to block a 43 yard kick.

  33. At least Parkey has a reason his kick went left, not like that time our kicker Blair Walsh missed…..

  34. Wish us Buc fans had such reasons to be so angry……our voiceless base will be soon have a fifth coach in 9 years.

    At least Chicago fans were watching a meaningful playoff game let alone another 5 win season such as us pathetic One Buc Place fans did…..

    Pertaining to the kicker subject matter, I won’t even mention how great of a move it was years back for the Bucs to give up on Matt Bryant (in his 8 years in Atlanta has an 86.2% field goal percentage and is now ranked 15th in all time points scored).

    Yeah, let’s say hurray for another year of GM Jason Licht……

  35. I’ve finally come around to accept that if it hadn’t been tipped it would have been good. The Bear’s weren’t expected to be this good, so congrats to a GREAT SEASON! I predict a SUPER BOWL within the next 3 years!

  36. junkgohere says:
    January 8, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    Wish us Buc fans had such reasons to be so angry……our voiceless base will be soon have a fifth coach in 9 years.

    At least Chicago fans were watching a meaningful playoff game let alone another 5 win season such as us pathetic One Buc Place fans did…..

    Pertaining to the kicker subject matter, I won’t even mention how great of a move it was years back for the Bucs to give up on Matt Bryant (in his 8 years in Atlanta has an 86.2% field goal percentage and is now ranked 15th in all time points scored).

    Yeah, let’s say hurray for another year of GM Jason Licht……
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    Stop griping. The Bucs are putting together a top-5 coaching staff for next year.

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