The infamous 'Double-Doink' that sent the Chicago Bears home in last year's NFL postseason is still fresh on the minds of their fans, and it doesn't seem like the team has found an adequate replacement for kicker Cody Parkey yet either.
During Bears practice on Tuesday, the special teams unit boasted three kickers: Chris Blewitt, Elliot Fry and Eddy Pineiro. All of them were called upon to kick field goals during the practice session, and all three of them failed to hit the target.
During Bears practice, with 25 alumni & their guests watching, all 3 kickers were called onto the main field to try a 42-yard FG.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) June 11, 2019
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HC Matt Nagy, what went through your mind?
“Whatever went through your mind went through my mind.”
Head coach Matt Nagy couldn't have put it any better. He obviously realizes the concerns that fans have with the Bears kicking situation, and it seems like everything he does to try and mend the woes just blows up in his face.
It's very rare to have three kickers competing for the starting job, even it is only minicamp. But it looks like they may be on the market for a fourth if none of these guys can step up.
When it comes to Bears kickers, Matt Nagy feels your pain https://t.co/rRs24jN71g— BearsWire (@TheBearsWire) June 11, 2019
The kicking game is pivotal late in games, and the Bears know that all too well. For the sake of the team and their fans, they'll hopefully find their kicker sometime in the near future.
Rumors have swirled about the possibility of 49ers' kicker Robbie Gould reuniting with the Bears this offseason, so don't be surprised if the Bears make a serious push to acquire Gould in the coming weeks, but unless they make a trade, they'll be scouting the available pool of kickers to try and find the right fit.