Cody Parkey hit the upright four times Sunday — yes, four — but Bears coach Matt Nagy said after the game that he wasn’t going to try out any new kickers this week.
“There’s zero chance of that,” he said.
Parkey hit the right upright on his first extra point try in the first quarter. After he made his second try, he hit the left upright on his third attempt.
In the third quarter, he hit the right upright on two separate field goal attempts — a 41-yarder and, two-and-a-half minutes later, a 34-yarder. After the latter, Bears teammates Mitch Trubisky, Jordan Howard and DeAndre Houston-Carson found him on the sideline to offer support.
Parkey didn’t get any love from a bank. All four kicks bounced back toward the field of play, and were misses.
“I let my team down today, I let my myself down today,” Parkey said. “And I’ve just got to keep swinging.’’
The Bears guaranteed Parkey $9 million this offseason when they signed him to a four-year, $15 million deal. That gives him a modicum of job safety.
Cody Parkey is having a tough day. Yes.— Greg Braggs Jr. (@GBraggsJr) November 11, 2018
But watch how his TEAMMATES come to his support afterwards. A testament to the camaraderie amongst this team. pic.twitter.com/ZsuZWt0BWF
Entering Sunday, he’s made all 28 extra point attempts but missed three of 16 field goals, including a 53-yarder in overtime that would have beaten the Dolphins. The Bears eventually lost to Miami.
“It is weird …” Nagy said. “We can all go out there and kick a field goal 100 times and never never hit that goalpost one time,” Nagy said. “And he did it four times today. …
“Trust me, he’s going to be hard on himself, but he’ll come back and he’ll make some kicks for us here as we go down the road. And he’s going to be feeling good about it.”
Nagy admitted that his kickers’ struggles affected his play-calling Sunday, but said it won’t next week — or the ones afterward.
“In my head, there’s a balance of showing trust to him by putting him back out there,” Nagy said. “But there’s also a level of understanding what’s best for the team. Sometimes you just have those days. So my trust is not shot with him. I know everybody else is going to feel that way, and I get it, and that’s OK.”