Before Cody Parkey went on the “everybody please feel sorry for me” tour headlined by his appearance on the Today Show, he had himself a pretty sub-par season for the Bears. Everybody remembers the game against the Detroit Lions where he hit the goal post four times in one game. Of course, those four were four of eleven missed tries in the 2018-19 campaign. The Bears paid him a decent amount of money to be a bad kicker.
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The bad performance that was relatively predictable, ended up being the ultimate season-ending issue for the Bears. Parkey hit the upright and the crossbar on the final play of the season for the Bears, which ended their season as the Philadelphia Eagles got to celebrate their berth in the Division round of the playoffs.
This was something most could see coming, and the jokes about it throughout the season were all fun and games until it actually happened. This is considered one of the worst losses in all of Chicago sports history. Especially when you think about the Rams, a team the Bears defeated in the regular season is representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
If Parkey hits that field goal, maybe he messes up a different one in a different game or maybe they are right where the Rams are currently. But, you cannot dwell on the past when the future is in front of you. Hopefully, Parkey and his “feel sorry for me” attitude are not affiliated with Chicago next season, and that leads to the big problem.
The Bears need a kicker! They need to do whatever they need to do to move on from Parkey and bring in somebody who can be relied upon to make kicks. Kicking matters, if you don’t believe it just watch some tape from this past Championship Sunday. The Rams have a guy they call “Legatron”. Greg Zuerlein has been money for Los Angeles and they’re dancing in the big game.
Robbie Gould leads the conversation with most Bears fans. Gould is the Bears all-time leading scorer and a fan favorite. He has also been known to love the city making appearances at Chicago Blackhawks games, living in the city and enjoying the fans. He wouldn’t necessarily be the cheapest option, but he has been one of the best kickers in the world during his career and it did not really stop when he left the Bears.
It does seem like a good fit, but no matter what they need to fix the problem by training camp. You cannot go into camp with question marks at this position or it will be all you hear about during training camp and the preseason. Anyone has to be an upgrade at this point.