Bears' Matt Nagy Expresses Faith In Cody Parkey Despite Debacle

November 11, 2018 - 4:33 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Following the worst performance of his career, Bears kicker Cody Parkey had few answers Sunday. He was also dumbfounded by what had happened, like so many at Soldier Field.

Parkey missed four kicks -- two extra points and two field goals -- off the post in the Bears' 34-22 victory over the Lions at Soldier Field. He put in the work during the week, had a strong pregame warmup and felt comfortable, only for the debacle to ensue.

What more could Parkey say after this performance? 

"Who's more frustrated than myself?" Parkey said. "I mean, this is my job, this is what I'm supposed to do, and I'm missing out there.

"I don’t think I’ve hit the post four times in my life."

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It was a day that Parkey referred to as "comical," but it won't cost him his job as the Bears' kicker. In the aftermath, coach Matt Nagy emphasized that Parkey's struggles won't influence his managing of him moving forward, and he added there's "zero chance" of a change. Those comments came despite Nagy calling for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, when the game was a blowout.

Parkey signed a four-year deal this past March with $9 million guaranteed.

“It doesn’t affect me going forward, but it affected me today," Nagy said. 

"My trust is not shot with him.”

Parkey is no stranger to kicking in adverse conditions, having played two seasons in Philadelphia and one in Cleveland. Entering Sunday, he was 13-of-16 on field goals and 28-of-28 on extra points this season. The Bears brought him in through free agency after working through four kickers since the release of Robbie Gould, the franchise's all-time leading scorer, in September 2016.

Parkey had the support of his team after the game, which the Bears comfortably led from start to finish. Nagy made it clear he will have no hesitation going back to Parkey and hopes to see him deliver an important kick next Sunday. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has his own critics, echoed the words of Nagy.

"We're going to have his back," Trubisky said. "We see him boot the crap out of the ball in practice. everyone has a bad game every once in a while. So, we're just going to rally around him (and) continue to have his back. I know next week when we need it, he's going to make a big kick and we're not even going to think twice about it."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​