Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cody Parkey Challenge Post Five: A few new pressure situations, some predictable, some less so

A few new updates on this crazy Bears kicker situation.  I love tracking this thing.

The first situation was covered by The Chicago Tribune a few days ago.  At various times in practice, the Bears would put the team into a game ending pressure situation, including icing the kicker with a timeout.  On that day, Wednesday the 29th, only one kicker connected on the "game winning" field goal - Chris Blewitt.  I count that as the first time he's come up huge under pressure, which is definitely a big win for him at this point in the competition.

The second story, from today, refers to how the Bears are treating their kickers with "Augusta Silence."  A typical kicker likely experiences all sorts of noise as they're trying to make a kick.  At Bears' practices, the trend lately has been for the practice field to get completely silent - like pin drop silent - as the kicker goes to kick.  A complete and total mindfuck.  There's no real word on how specific kickers are doing with this silence, but the idea of it alone is pretty awesome. 

Even better is the fact that the team is doing it at totally random times, not just in field goal situations.  Whenever the coaches are feeling it, they'll call a kicker on the field to attempt a field goal in complete silence.  I think that's pretty amazing.  It's hard to tell which of these three guys will actually win this kicking competition, but I feel it's safe to say that if any of these three kickers win the job, they'll have certainly earned it!

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