Bears cut kicker competition down to two, waiving Chris Blewitt

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2019

But both Pineiro and Fry, like Blewitt, missed their 42-yard FG attempts at Tuesday's minicamp practice and, from our vantage point, haven't inspired a whole lot more confidence thus far than Blewitt. Nagy pointed out after practice that even if just one of his kickers had been successful, no one would have noticed - but the Bears have spent so much time trying to ceremonially exorcise their kicking demons, it's hard to see any kicker faring well if they happen to face a 42-yarder in the regular season.

The Chicago Bears dumped kicker Cody Parkey in March, months after his blocked "double-doink" field goal knocked the team out of the playoffs in the wild card round, and the team's search for a replacement couldn't be going any worse. After whittling down an eight-man (!) competition to three ahead of minicamp, Nagy isn't happy with each of his competitors missing their boots in the first session.

"We have to just keep trusting our evaluation of these three kickers", Nagy said. For today, we can't have that. "But 0-for-3 today, no good".

Blewitt yanked his miss wide left, his last hiccup in this competition.

The Bears are expected to report to training camp in late July, where the kicking situation will undoubtedly be one of the major storylines for a club looking to repeat as NFC North champion. But by making it all about the kicker, all offseason, it provides insulation for the other 52 players on the roster and the coach, since any (inevitable) failure can just be laid at the feet of whichever poor bastard happens to be kicking for them at the moment.

"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 there", Nagy said. But at the same time, what's real is they didn't, and that's why we are talking about kickers in this situation.

With each practice miss the pressure, and the annoyance of the coach, mounts.

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