Bears refuse to name a starting kicker on official depth chart

AP

With preseason kicking off, NFL teams are putting out their “official” depth charts, which often lead to coaches getting aggravated by questions about why one player is listed ahead of another. The Bears have found a way around that in their kicking competition.

On the Bears’ official depth chart, kickers Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro are both listed as first string. At every other position, one player is listed as first string and another player is listed as second string, but at kicker, the Bears won’t acknowledge anyone as the leader.

Bears coach Matt Nagy has been coy about what he’ll end up doing at the kicking position, and it appears that the Bears will spend all of the preseason giving both Fry and Pineiro a chance to earn the job. They may also still bring in another kicker, if neither Fry nor Pineiro does enough to win the competition.

Given the way last season ended, with kicker Cody Parkey missing a potentially game-winning field goal in a postseason loss to the Eagles, the Bears know they need to get this one right. They’re not tipping their hands just yet.

14 responses to “Bears refuse to name a starting kicker on official depth chart

  1. Nagy is tricking the other teams. They will not know who to game plan for. Or is he afraid he is going to hurt someone’s feeling. Wait until the millenials start coaching. Everyone will get a trophy.

  2. They’ve handled this horribly from the beginning. LONG ago they should have picked a new guy and moved on, business as usual. That’s what you do ALL THE TIME in football. Instead months later there is still no resolution and they’ve set the stage where the new guy is going to have one foot out the door from Day 1.

  3. Given the way last season ended, with kicker Cody Parkey having a potentially game-winning field goal partially blocked in a postseason loss to the Eagles… fixed it for you.

  4. If you look at the Bears website, both kickers are listed as the starter. Common sense tells me one of those kickers is the starter. Miss leading article.

    On another note, we continue to suffer in Oakland, no QB and no replacement for the best defender in the game. Congrats Bears, you fleeced my Raiders two fold!

  5. I am always right, right? says:
    August 6, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Given the way last season ended, with kicker Cody Parkey having a potentially game-winning field goal partially blocked in a postseason loss to the Eagles… fixed it for you.

    ++++++

    What about the game when Parkey hit the goalposts four (4) times in one game at Soldier Field? What about the Miami game that Parkey missed the game winning overtime FG, which in fact would have clinched the Rams playoff spot last year?

    Eagles fans and others love to bring up that MISSED FG kick in the playoffs and like to claim it was blocked. Blocked or not blocked Parkey is/was a terrible kicker.

  6. WHOMEVER wins the kicking job will get fired after they miss a FG or PAT. The Bears HC and GM will overreact and the whole “next kicker up’ saga will continue for them for the rest of the season. (BTW..Eddie Pineiro SHOULD be the guy and the Bears should give him some slack while he kicks in 2019…he will be a great kicker for them if they have some patience)

  7. atthemurph says:
    August 6, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    If you have two first string kickers then you don’t have one.

    ______________

    We know dude, how many more times are you going to use this line?

  8. As other teams whine about audibles, their QB wilting in prime time and their never ending search for a/ANY running game, Bear’s fan laugh at how excited our rival’s are about our kickers. Last year was the getting-to-know you mixer at Club Dub. Now the real Party starts! We also know a kicker isn’t all that important in a 35-0 game. LOL

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