The Bears were not pleased with kicker Cody Parkey’s appearance on NBC’s “Today” on Friday morning.
Parkey discussed his botched kick at the end of the Bears’ playoff game against the Eagles, where his last-second kick ricocheted off the upright and crossbar to leave the score at 16-15 and end Chicago’s season.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Parkey said in the interview. “I let my fans, my teammates and the whole organization down. I’ll continue to keep my head held high because football is what I do, it’s not who I am.”
Despite the admittance that his failed kick sealed the Bears’ fate, Parkey’s tone and interview didn’t sit well with coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace.
“We talk about ‘we’ instead of ‘me.’ I didn’t think it was a ‘we’ thing,” Nagy said of the botched kick during his Monday press conference
It was the 11th kick Parkey missed this season after signing a four-year, $15 million deal, which included $9 million guaranteed. The final missed kick seemed to be the icing on the cake for the Bears, with Pace saying there will be an open competition at kicker this upcoming season.
“The kicker position will be a point of emphasis for us,” Pace said.
According to Nagy, when he held his exit interview with Parkey last week, Parkey didn’t mention he would appear on “Today.”.