Cover your eyes Chicago Bears fans. You may not like what's about to come next.
Former double-doink artist Cody Parkey is back in the NFL after signing with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, and he addressed the Bear-sized elephant in the room when asked about his mental approach to his craft after the devastating loss to the Eagles in January's wildcard playoff game.
“It’s a new year,” Parkey said Wednesday. “It’s 2019, not ’18 anymore. We’re chugging along, and I’m just excited to be a Titan.”
So, about that whole 'it's not 2018 anymore' part? Someone may want to remind Parkey that his botched kick did, in fact, take place in 2019. But that's beside the point.
“I think everything happens for a reason," Parkey said. "So there’s a reason I’m here in Tennessee, and I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday.”
There absolutely IS a reason why Parkey is a Titan and no longer a Bear. It's the same reason Chicago didn't advance to face the Rams in the NFC divisional round last season, and the same reason Parkey waited six weeks into the 2019 season to land a job.
Then again, if we count both doinks, maybe it's two reasons.
It looks like—nine months after double-doinking a game-ending field goal that could have sent the Bears to last season’s NFC Divisional round—Cody Parkey has found a new home.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday afternoon that the Titans are flying Parkey into Tennessee tonight and are expected to sign him tomorrow:
The news comes on the heels of the Titans releasing Cairo Santos, who had been handling the team’s kicking duties for the first five weeks of the season. In Sunday’s Week 5 loss to the Bills, Santos went 0-for-4 on field goal attempts, including two misses from inside 36 yards. The 0-fer moved Santos to 4-for-9 on the year.
Parkey worked out for the Jets back in August and the Titans in September.
The Bears and Titans are not currently slated to cross paths this season (barring what would be a preposterously unlikely Super Bowl matchup). That’s probably good news for Parkey, who wouldn’t be received warmly by the Chicago faithful.
At 2-3, the Titans are currently on the outside looking in in the AFC playoff picture, but if they can jump back into the mix, Parkey could happen into a chance for some semblance of redemption down the line.
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WELL here's an interesting tweet:
It's the first real Parkey news since, you know, that whole thing. He kicked under Jets coach Adam Gase while the two were in Miami, so this isn't exactly surprising. Current Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet had a preseason to forget, going 5-for-8 on field goals and 2-for-5 on PATs.
Meanwhile, it's sounding more and more like Eddy Pineiro is going to be the Bears' Week 1 kicker, so maybe both sides can finally have some closure. Maybe one day soon they can run into each other at a coffee shop and it won't be weird.