Shepkowski: Cody Parkey, Get Off My TV

Parkey's appearance on the "Today Show" on Friday was ill-advised.

Nick Shepkowski
January 11, 2019 - 1:38 pm

(670 The Score) One of the best parts of the 2018 Bears -- and there were plenty of things to like -- was how much of a team this group of guys felt like. The group celebrations after touchdowns and interceptions, Club Dub rocking after wins and coach Matt Nagy making "Boom!" a trend in Chicago all speak to that point.

After the Bears were eliminated in a 16-15 loss to the Eagles on Sunday after kicker Cody Parkey missed a potential game-winning field goal in the waning seconds, his teammates and coaches couldn’t wait to defend him.

It wasn't the first time they'd had Parkey's back. They'd supported him after he missed a game-winning field goal in an eventual overtime loss to the Dolphins on Oct. 14 and again after he missed four kicks off the uprights in a win against the Lions on Nov. 11.

That's why I was bothered by Parkey’s appearance on NBC's "Today Show" on Friday morning. It felt like the win-together/lose-together attitude that the Bears had went away. Instead, it was a self-fulfilling Parkey pity party.

Are the low-lifes that threatened the lives of Parkey and his family the armpit of American culture? Absolutely.

Are there idiots on the Internet that toughen up for attention but treat a football game that none of their actual loved ones participated in too seriously? No doubt.

But those facts don’t make the Parkey pity party any less frustrating. 

After the loss Sunday, Parkey met the music after he missed the kick. His words and accountability were commendable and served as an awesome example for kids.  

But enough, we get it.

Imagine for a second that you’re Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the leader of the offense who's nursing the ailments of a physical game at home right now. You're recovering from the heartbreaking loss, regretting that you’re not preparing for a divisional round playoff game against the Rams but keeping yourself away from any cameras or microphones.

Trubisky is probably upset that he didn't get Parkey closer than 43 yards out for his potential game-winning kick. Trubisky is probably angry he and his offense didn't just finish the potential game-winning drive themselves, even if the clock and field position made just getting down the field plenty difficult.

And Trubisky probably doesn't need to be reminded of what went wrong.

Did I miss Khalil Mack on "Good Morning America" this week, seeking attention because his heart was broken that he was unable to make a play that could have derailed the Eagles' final drive?  I must have missed that.

I also must have missed Sherick McManis on "CBS This Morning," meeting the cameras to keep talking about Golden Tate running a great route that resulted in the game-winning touchdown.

Oh wait, I didn’t miss that because those men all handled their media obligations after the game and didn’t go seeking anything more from it.

Ask yourself for a second: Would Robbie Gould have been on a national television show discussing his missed kick and telling his story of still living his life just five days after he missed a game-winning field goal in the playoffs? Hell no, he wouldn’t have been.

Parkey was by no means sole reason the Bears lost Sunday. A nearly non-existent offense in the first 40 or so minutes, a strange offensive game plan at times, a bad punt and a top-tier defense not making the huge play late in the game are all other valid reasons for the season ending.

But instead of losing together, Parkey going on "Today Show' sent a message to his teammates that he’s more focused on this newfound national attention. They had his back each and every time he had a rough Sunday this fall, but at the end of the year he sought the bright lights instead of following the example set by his peers.

Nick Shepkowski is the executive producer of the McNeil & Parkins Show on 670 the Score in afternoon drive. Follow him on Twitter @Shep670.​