Cody Parkey went on the Immediately Present this morning, and it feels lots bit too quickly when you think about how uncooked the emotions are nonetheless for Bears followers (which I’m not, however whom I dwell amongst in Chicago). Right here was the spot:
Clearly, kicking is lots tougher than everybody thinks. Katie Nolan did a bit the place individuals who crushed kickers on social media tried to make area targets, and it went as horribly as you’d anticipate. Sure, the Bears’ offense ought to’ve gotten into the endzone, the protection didn’t get a cease on the finish, and the kick was tipped.
Parkey was a professional in going through reporters after the sport, and he laments within the Immediately Present video about how he let Bears followers and his teammates down, nevertheless it’s a disservice to Bears followers for him to go on nationwide tv this week. You may say that they don’t have to observe it and that is true but when they went on social media yesterday when the looks was introduced and/or at this time when response was taking place they have been handled to a recent spherical of getting the double-doink shoved of their face. He ought to have the self-awareness to spare them of that.
(That is the place dissenters will say it’s solely a sport and level to how Parkey has the right perspective that being a soccer participant is what he does however not outline him, to which I might say he’s being paid tens of millions of due to these followers’ passions and the very least he might do on this state of affairs is lay low and keep away from any inference, truthful or unfair, that he’s capitalizing on their ache.)
The Bears are caught in an unenviable state of affairs with Parkey. It’s not like this was a reliable kicker who missed one late within the season. He struggled all 12 months, and so they’re on the hook for tens of millions of in assured cash for him. Nonetheless, from the skin trying in you’d need to assume they should deal with that as a sunk value and never deliver the unhealthy juju again for an additional 12 months. It’s been nothing however bother for the reason that workforce parted with Robbie Gould.
On Thursday, I mentioned the subject with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman on CLTV’s SportsFeed in Chicago: