Time modified into operating out within the major half of the Bears’ preseason loss to the Panthers on Thursday night, and Chicago modified into in self-discipline plan differ. Well, ostensibly. Bears coach Matt Nagy took one view at the put of the ball after the half’s penultimate play, and without prolong had sweaty-palmed flashbacks. Doink. Doink.
“You’re going to genuinely feel it,” Nagy stated. “You’re going to sense it, from the entire fans, and I seemed over and I stated — after the completion down the center, and then they noticed it, and I’m so at risk of seeing — like my math is genuinely factual precise now. I’m able to resolve out precise like a flash how far a self-discipline plan kick is from the put of the ball, so I noticed it modified into 43. Am I precise? Yeah.”
Seven long months within the past, Cody Parkey hit the precise and then the crossbar on a tipped 43-yard strive, sending the Bears home from the playoffs. Since then, Nagy has nursed a perhaps-unhealthy obsession with the double-doink. He has time and again forced the entire group to glance video of it. He has halted apply to hang each person glance the kickers strive 43-yarders. He has hammered home the tragedy of the double-doink into the brains of his kickers, on epic of each person is aware of if there’s anything else that’s factual for a kicker’s psychological smartly being, it’s making them consciously hang about their kicks, and about lacking.
“It modified into a 43,” stated Elliott Fry, who might perhaps well be trying very most titillating night’s particular 43. “Obviously that number has been ingrained into my memory.”
No longer factual the identical distance, however the identical stadium and path as Parkey’s kick. And the identical timeout to ice the kicker—this time, as a tiny of want from Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, a aged Bears player. “I did that to motivate the Bears on epic of they’re in a kicking contest,” Rivera stated.
Fry and Eddy Pineiro hang spent camp alternating days as kicker as they strive against for the beginning role. (The sadly named Chris Blewitt modified into scale back in June.) Given Nagy’s Ahabian fixation on the double-doink, I’d put any amount of money on Fry now winning the job.