Panthers coach Ron Rivera helps Bears evaluate kicker

Six Position Battles To Watch In Chicago

Six Position Battles To Watch In Chicago

And in the first preseason game of 2019, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera chose to help Nagy and the Bears out by icing the kicker.

"For me, as a play caller, you have some plays that you have an idea going in what you want to give him", Nagy said after the Bears' 23-13 loss.

The 57-year-old spent his entire nine-year playing career with the Bears and later served as their defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro are the two kickers vying for the job and it was Fry lining up to take the kick from 43-yards, the same distance that Parkey attempted in that ill-fated playoff game, when the timeout was called.

The Bears have spent the offseason working out kickers and simulating high-pressure situations in practice.

The Bears' exhibition loss against the Panthers Thursday night produced a healthy dilemma for coach Matt Nagy. Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.