The Bears finally have a kicker!
Some have stated that the position has been a revolving door since the departure of Robbie Gould and for the most part, it’s true.
- Connor Barth was not very good during his time with the Bears.
- Cairo Santos played a single game before being hurt, again.
- Mike Nugent played OK but he’s not who you want full-time as he’s had a mediocre to average career.
Let’s not even discuss Roberto Aguayo. 😉
Cody Parkey, former Miami Dolphins kicker will be joining the Chicago Bears and putting his foot down (literally) at one of the most important positions in football.
Kickers are one of the very few positions on the team that can win or lose a game for you. It’s a shame they aren’t getting paid more than they are.
What makes him better than the rest?
Coming off of his best season, Parkey made better than 91 percent of his field goal attempts last year. He’s averaging a make percentage of 86.4 percent for his career while also making 96.4 percent of his extra point attempts. His fourth team in as many years, both Parkey and the Bears will benefit from some stability at the position.
Just 26-years-old, should he continue to increase his accuracy and kick as well as he did last season, the Bears will have hit on their free agent signing and successfully (finally) replace Robbie Gould.
As Bears fans quickly found out last season, good kickers are a luxury.
Barth had some heartbreaking moments and feelings might still be hurt if one would take the time to remember Mitch Trubisky’s amazing comeback drive to put them in field goal range against the Lions.
Shortly after that, they’d remember that Barth missed the field goal to tie the game wide right (and I mean wide).
Parkey filling in at kicker feels the same way as Allen Robinson coming to play receiver: like a breath of fresh air.
For the fans waiting to see if it’s ok to smile and be proud of Ryan Pace, here’s your formal permission.