Chicago Bears kickers boot away chance to make impression at minicamp

Kicking troubles continue to weigh heavily on Bears despite positive minicamp.

There was a lot of talk at Halas Hall Tuesday about the inspiration players drew from seeing former Chicago Bears greats last weekend at the franchise's 100-year celebration.

Maybe the kickers should have paid closer attention.

During a point in Tuesday's Day 1 minicamp practice, Eddy Pineiro, Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry missed 42-yard field goals in succession.


If you remember, 42 yards was a full yard shorter than Cody Parker missed from to end last season in the playoffs, and he's no longer with the Bears.

He is still available, though.

"For today, we can't have that," coach Matt Nagy said. "We are going to figure this thing out. But 0-for-3 today, no good."

Asked what went through his mind when all three trotted onto the field during the non-contact scrimmages, lined up and missed, Nagy said: "Um, whatever went through your mind went through my mind. Yeah, just say what you were thinking."

Nagy was trying to keep a positive outlook on it, but the Bears have had this kicking group since before the start of organized team activities and the result was 0-for-3 with two days of spring work left til training camp.

"We have to keep trusting our evaluation off these three kickers," Nagy said. "It's not just one person. It's us all together. We talk it through and we figure it out and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that in the end when we get to the very end, we have the right guy out there."

On the same day, it was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that 49ers kicker Robbie Gould is not reporting to mandatory minicamp in San Francisco.

The saga continues.