Tennessee Titans: Cody Parkey talks bouncing back from the double doink
Tennessee Titans kicker Cody Parkey made his first comments to the media since being signed by the team on Tuesday.
Wednesday was the first day kicker Cody Parkey was officially a member of the Tennessee Titans and he spoke about his double doink miss as a member of the Chicago Bears in the 2018-19 NFC Wild Card Game.
Parkey’s miss was the kick heard ’round the world, as it cost the Bears a chance at a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and an opportunity to advance in the playoffs.
All the talk about Parkey’s debut will surround that kick, and it’s something Parkey realizes he just has to get past in order to move forward in his career, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
"“Perseverance,” Parkey said when asked what he learned from the experience. “Not everything is going to go your way. It’s about how you respond and how you get back to it. Just never stay defeated and just put your best foot forward.”“You kind of just leave it in the past,” Parkey said in the locker room on Wednesday. “It is a new year, it is 2019 and not ‘18 anymore. So I am just chugging along I am just excited to be a Titan.”"
Parkey will replace fellow kicker Cairo Santos, who was released on Monday after missing four field goals in the Titans’ 14-7 Week 5 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Santos also missed a crucial field goal in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.
It was Santos who originally beat out Parkey for the Titans job when the pair tried out for the open gig left by kicker Ryan Succop, who was placed on Injured Reserve prior to the start of the season.
All the Titans need from Parkey is three solid games to cure the ills they have had at kicker in 2019. After Week 8, Succop is eligible to come off IR and play in his first game of the season for Tennessee.
There are plenty of Titans with something to prove in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, however Parkey might have the most to prove. It’s a fresh start for the kicker, and one that could be the difference between him getting another job in the NFL after his time with the Titans is up.