The Chicago Bears have a kicking problem. Fortunately, there is an option out there which makes a lot of sense — and it seems like he agrees.
The absolute best kicker the Chicago Bears have ever had was cut loose three years ago — and it may have been the greatest turn of events he could have experienced.
While with the Bears, Robbie Gould hit some big-time kicks. For the majority of his career in Chicago, Gould was clutch. He was, to bring back the nostalgia, “good as Gould” more often than not.
This offseason marks the end of Gould’s contract with the San Francisco 49ers, making him a free agent. The past three seasons have been the best of his career, statistically speaking. Gould has ended the last three years with kicking percentages of 100.0, 95.1 and 97.1 — not too shabby.
Meanwhile, the Bears have experienced some horrific years in the kicking realm. I don’t have to say much other than the words, “Cody Parkey” for a Bears fan to begin to heat up.
Thursday afternoon, an old friend was walking through Chicago — former Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. As fate would have it, he ran into Gould and recorded a quick video.
"“Bring back my man Robbie Gould … let’s go.”"
That quote says it all. Bennett, like most Bears fans, want to see Gould back in the navy and orange.
The interesting thing, though, is that Gould seems to want it to happen, judging by his demeanor. I mean, you can’t really argue with a huge smile and the words, “Once a Bear, always a Bear.”
Gould is a career 87.7 percent kicker with a career-long of 58 yards. He’s been as consistent as you could possibly want a kicker to be over the course of his 14-year career. Outside of some tough misses during his last days with the Bears, he has been money.
Let’s not act like the NFL doesn’t have a kicking problem of its own, too. We’ve seen more kickers miss feasible kicks over the last couple of years than in any span of 2-to-3 seasons I can remember.
The fans want him back. I’m sure the current players would like to have him back, regardless of their acknowledged support of Parkey. Heck, Gould seems like he wants to be back.
It’s your move, Ryan Pace.