The Chicago Bears are apparently still reeling from how their season ended last year, because what they’re doing with their kickers during OTAs is, in a word, weird.
The Bears, of course, lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round in January when Cody Parkey’s short field goal was partially blocked and clanged off the goal post, giving Philly a 16-15 win and sending Bears fans into a deep depression.
Chicago has since parted ways with Parkey, who missed a bunch of field goals last season, and have gone to great lengths to find a new kicker. The team currently is working with three different guys (including a dude named Chris Blewitt), which says a lot about the state of its kicking game.
Now they’re using something called the “Augusta silence” to test each kicker during drills.
Cody Parkey reacts after missing a field goal in the wild-card playoff game against the Eagles. (Photo: Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY Sports)
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