Cody Parkey may have more time for morning talk-show interviews next football season.
The beleaguered kicker will be in a competition to keep his job next season, Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy said in their end-of-season press conference Monday.
“The kicker position will be a point of emphasis for us,” Pace said, specifically saying Parkey will be challenged for the job.
Parkey missed the 43-yard game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the Bears’ 16-15 wild-card loss to the Eagles a week ago. It was later discovered that the ball was tipped by the Eagles’ Treyvon Hester, though Parkey still took the blame for the miss.
It was the 11th kick Parkey had missed this season after signing a four-year, $15 million deal, which included $9 million guaranteed.
He took blame in the postgame locker room and then again on the “Today” show Friday. A redemption tour that was a little too early for some’s taste, which apparently includes Nagy.
“We talk about ‘we’ instead of ‘me.’ I didn’t think it was a ‘we’ thing,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Tribune.