There has to be something wrong with the air in Chicago, as it appears Cody Parkey is not the only kicker struggling to make field goals.
In the spirit of replacing Parkey, Bears head coach Matt Nagy held a kicking competition at the rookie minicamp where all kickers had to connect on a 43-yard field goal, the same distance the now 27-year-old missed from in the Wild Card game against the Eagles. The results were not pretty.
We got our first glimpse at Matt Nagy’s kicking competition for the #Bears at rookie minicamp. With the entire team watching, each kicker had one shot from 43 yards out — the same distance that Cody Parkey missed from against the Eagles in the playoffs. 6 misses.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) May 3, 2019
Six misses on eight attempts is not a good start for the potential kickers in Chicago, and it shows that a replacement for Parkey might not be on the Bears' roster just yet.
There was a stunned silence over Soldier Field when Parkey missed the potential game-winning field goal last year, and the outcry that stemmed from that miss was unprecedented.
All of these misses cannot be comforting to Nagy, especially when you consider the amount of pressure that will be on the Bears this season to replicate the success they had in 2018.
Of course, the head coach can only do so much, but this drill completely backfired, and the ghosts of Parkey are looming large in Chicago right about now.