Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey became a household name in early January during the NFL playoffs. With the Bears on the verge of winning their first playoff game since 2010, Parkey had a chance to make up for his struggles during the regular season. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky pushed the football down the field and got the Bears into position to win the game with a 43-yard field goal attempt.
Parkey set up and knocked in a casual attempt just as Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson called a timeout. The veteran kicker had a chance to stew over the impending kick for a moment before the clock started to count down. Long snapper Patrick Scales tossed it back to holder Pat O’Donnell before he flipped the ball into the correct position with the laces out. Parkey drove through the football with his right leg before the football banged off the left upright and the crossbar before falling back into the field of play. Then a new phrase was coined in Chicago.
The Double Doink.
On Friday the Bears brought in a cast of kickers for tryouts and reportedly signed Redford Jones. Once a kicker at Tulsa, Jones has not kicked at the NFL level. Following the news of his signing late Friday afternoon, many were quick to point out on social media that Jones once had a Double Doink of his own. Except his had a positive outcome:
There’s the double-doink Tulsa FG: pic.twitter.com/rS1xs8XvRX
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 26, 2016
Jones’ successful Double Doink occurred back in 2016. His kick went off the left upright before banging off the right upright. The ball then went over the crossbar for a successful field goal.
Jones was a three-year kicker at Tulsa between 2015 and 2017. As a sophomore, he made 58 of his 60 extra points and 17 of his 25 field-goal attempts. He backed that up by making 21 of his 26 field-goal attempts in 2016 and all 67 of his extra points. He capped off his final season in 2017 by making just 12 of his 16 field-goal attempts and 44 of his 45 extra points. He made just 50 of his 67 attempts at the collegiate level and went undrafted in 2017. Jones began his career at Tulsa as a walk-on athlete before taking over as the team’s primary kicker during his sophomore campaign. He stands to be early competition for Parkey at the position.
The Bears could always end up adding a more accomplished kicker to the mix later this offseason, but it appears Jones is going to get a chance to prove himself to the organization. The hope will be that if he ends up kicking meaningful field goals for the Bears in the future he stays away from hitting the football off either upright or the crossbar while donning the navy and orange.