CHICAGO - Stunned, devastated, and in complete disbelief. Those are just a few of the ways to describe the Bears emotionally, following Sunday's 16-15 loss against the Eagles. After the game, none of the Bears were publicly ready to pile on Cody Parkey and pin this loss on him.
"I just told him I said, 'Dude, you had like half our points today,' right when he was walking off the field," offensive lineman, Kyle Long said. "I can't even imagine what he's going through. It's a tough job. It's a really tough job."
"It just happens," wide receiver, Anthony Miller said. "You can't blame Cody for anything. Any kicker could have missed that. We still support him 100%. He's still our kicker."
The fans are a different story. They won't be forgiving Parkey any time soon.
"This guy gets paid $10 million a year to do one thing - to kick a ball," complained one fan. "The only time that counts, you can't make a freaking kick? C'mon, man!"
"I actually celebrated at the end thinking that we made it and then I found out that we didn't," another fan said. "It hurt man!"
"We came all the way out here and just the last five seconds... it was just sucking," another fan said.
None of the Bears were ready to pack their bags and call it a season. Now all they can do is hope for next season to get back, and that can't happen soon enough. They expect to be back in the playoffs again.
"You see the potential, but it's up to guys to take this and learn from it and get better in this offseason - including myself," linebacker, Khalil Mack said. "So that's what we've got to look forward to now."
"We grew so much in this year, that it's okay to be upset," Head Coach, Matt Nagy said. "It's okay to let it hurt a little bit, but we've got to use this now to be better."
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