Parkey Steps Up, Nails Opportunity

 

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Alex Henery and Cody Parkey were both warming up as the Eagles’ offense moved its way down the field midway through the third quarter.




For most of the night it was one or the other booting kicks into the net as the other sat nearby. In the first half it was basically all Parkey. He handled the kickoffs and was called on for both field goal attempts. The rookie converted both of them, including a 54-yarder that made it with room to spare.

Henery kicked off to start the second half and it was his turn in the rotation when the Eagles began to drive on the following series. But special teams coach Dave Fipp told Parkey to be ready in the event that another long field goal opportunity presented itself. Sure enough, the drive stalled and there was a 53-yarder to be had.

"Alex was going to be up but it was a longer field goal. They saw me hit the first one so they wanted to see if I could do it again," said Parkey.

That one, too, was pure. Parkey finished 3-0f-3 in his field goal attempts and had a pair of touchbacks. Henery had two touchbacks as well but did not get any field goal attempts. Would he have liked a shot at one of those long ones?

"Yeah, with the wind that way it's in my range so I think I could hit it," he said. (All of Parkey's field goals were towards the south end of the stadium. Both kickers suggested the wind was at their back in that direction.)

"We were both up and ready for [the 53-yarder]. They went with him and he hit it good. That's it. It's history."

The way the night unfolded was fortuitous for Parkey. The preseason finale against the Jets could have come and gone without any challenging field goal situations. As it so happened, there were two. He nailed them both, giving the coaches plenty to think about as they finalize the roster.

"I'm not going to make any cuts. I know you're going to ask that question, but we're not making any cuts right now," said Chip Kelly. "We'll go back, evaluate the tape, sit down and make decisions on everybody on our team."

Impressed by what you saw?

"Yeah, that's why we brought him in to give Alex some competition, and again, we'll go through everything, what the whole week was like with him and make decisions tomorrow."

This is all far from ideal. Parkey was brought in just over a week ago and there hasn't been a lot of time to evaluate him up close. While Thursday's performance was impressive, how much stock should you put in one preseason game? Henery is the one with NFL experience, but he is coming off a rocky year and missed a pair of field goals this preseason.

"Other than the two kicks I think I'm a pretty consistent guy, I've done that my first three years here, I think I've kicked the ball well, kickoffs are getting better," said Henery. "It's one of those things, I think I'm always improving but it's out of my hands. It's whatever guy they like and that's what they'll go with."

It seemed like a longshot that Parkey, who was acquired from the Colts for David Fluellen last Wednesday, would have enough time and opportunity to build a sturdy case for why he should get the nod. And maybe it's not a sturdy case. But in this situation, where there are no great answers, he may have done enough.

"They traded for me. Obviously, I think they are interested," he said. "I just took that as hey, show them what I got. And just a taste of things to come."

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  • Andy Six Score and Four

    Parkey Lewis Can’t Lose.

  • DoctorRick

    If we are voting, I vote Parkey.

    • Glenn

      No doubt. Parkey is better than Henery.

    • Mitch Mitchell

      Me too. Henery has been un-clutch since missing those two FG’s against San Fran in 2011.

  • http://www.damokleez.com EaglefaninAZ

    Yes, he did enough to warrant getting the job. All he had to do was two things.
    1- Kick well
    2- Not be named “Henery”

    Seriously… the kid was under some pressure involving his livelihood tonight. Room to spare.

  • Engwrite

    I don’t know how tough a decision this is. If you have Parkey kick two 50+ FGs, plus a short one, plus deep Kick Offs and you cut him, then why did you have him kick at all?

    • Bob A

      Probably why he’s going to be the guy

  • Mr. Wu

    “I think I’m a pretty consistent guy”

    Yes Henery…yes you are

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    wind-aided is a real thing, not to toss water on the Parkey support team here. was it right in his back, little cross-wind, does Parkey need the Henery fade to get 2 or 3 extra yards (or does the kid just smoke it high and hard with ball tracking straight). were any kickoffs to north end, where did those land?

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Yeah, but Henery has to realize that the wind wouldn’t have done sh*t for him and stop acting like it would have. Both of those kicks are beyond his career long…. Both of Parkey’s kicks were boots. Only way they come up short is if there’s a 10-15mph wind in his face.

      • anon

        yeah henery shanks balls wind aided doesn’t help.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      His first field goal had room to spare, wind or not. Don’t remember if the second one did. The ball flew straight. Good height on the FGs and KOs.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        straight ball is huge. that’s why Henery stinks when it gets later in season. his ball moves from get-go, and once the wind hits it, no telling what it’ll do. no different than golf

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        Parkey looked good. I still think our January kicker isn’t on the roster.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          He’s our kicker for the next 999 years.

      • pjcostello

        Second FG actually looked better than the first, to my eye — cleaner, more down-the-middle, more room to spare. When the camera showed the goalposts, and the little flags atop them, I didn’t see any wind.

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          Those little lights; they aren’t twinkling.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        What was the distance on the 3rd kick? Meaning not the ones he made from 50+ yards.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Chip shot. 25 maybe?

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            Correct.

          • Corey Dawson

            There’s gotta be a Kelly pun to be made here, but I can’t find it.

        • Philliam Penn

          25 yds

    • MediaMike

      Sorry, misread that at first.

      But Alex Henery would have missed those kicks even with 1968 Olympic Long Jump wind at his back.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        That’s a bizarre reference point for wind speed, to be sure.

        • MediaMike

          True, but that might be the most famous historical example of wind-aided greatness. In either case; Henery sucks.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Wind blows, Henery sucks.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Excellent observation Doc!…lol.

          • igglesfaninportland

            April 17th 1976 Schmidt hits 4 homers in Wrigley

    • Token

      Thats true wind can play a part. But he still made them. Even the great McManus missed both 50 yarders last night in a dome. Its a tough distance to make two in one game wind or not. Especially knowing your job is on the line.

      Parkey is atleast the same as Henery on KOs. Slightly better probably. If he gets a little stronger he would probably be booting them out consistently. And he made 2 FGs longer then Henery has ever made in one game. The decision you would think is really easy.

      Id go with Parkey. If he really stinks after 4 weeks go try McManus or Prater.

      As far as FGs in general, I dont want to be taking many 55 yarders I dont think. Thats the territory Id kinda rather take my chances on 4th down. Unless its long yardage to go. I do want a guy thats pretty solid from 45-50. I think you gotta be able to make that. Henery isnt that guy. And I want a guy who gets touchbacks often. Henery isnt that guy.

      • Guest

        Prater?

        • Token

          Just meaning that Denver has to cut one guy week 5. 99.5% chance its McManus.

          • MediaMike

            I’ll give Prater a look if they keep McManus

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        yup. how much more pressure can the guy see. Henery was yanking 35 ydrs. this guy get 1 chance, from 50+ and sinks it. if he misses, he’ll never see field again. good sign to me.

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          That was my thought last night. I mean how much more pressure could he be under? You have know that if we as fans understand that he’s getting a one time (couldn’t have predicted the second on that came up) shot at a 50+ yarder which is exactly why he’s here (henery can’t make ‘em) then he knows it too. That kick was for his entire future for all intents and purposes and he nailed it like the queen on prom night.

          • mufasa

            But that’s only pressure on oneself, not the other kind of pressure that comes from others depending on you with bated breath.

    • Chuck Dougherty

      THAT is just Henery’s MO. Blame everything but himself. ” he had the wind.. But I think I could have made that too”. Way to lift up ur teammate, you self center, and narcissistic schmuck.

    • UncleCarm

      There are many factors to a kick, but Henery’s problem is he can’t kick them straight. I’m not sure if distance is his problem or not, but if its not between the uprights it doesn’t matter how far you kick it.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I believe it was Andy that said that his kicks were dead on straight.

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        Yea, neither kick had any play in it. 54 Yd kick (looking from behind the uprights towards the field) was from the left hash and came in about 3-5 feet from the left upright. 53 Yd kick was from the center of the hashes and came in straight down the pipe.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    I would take my chances with Parkey. He was 2 for 2 in field goals with the Colts, with a 45 yarder. If he doesn’t work out, cut him in the middle of the season and bring in someone else. Theres always kickers available. McManus will have 4 games under his belt and will be looking for a job.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I believe that Kelly also said that they’d look at his Indy tape. That said, he’s 5 for 5 this preseason with 2 being from over 50+ yards. That’s pretty impressive.

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    You can poo-poo these kicks by saying they were in the preseason but Parkey’s career was on the line last night. That’s kicking under pressure in my book. Henery knew the coaching staff wasn’t impressed with him and he had a miserable miss against N.E. (Honestly one of the worst kicks I’ve ever seen.) Kicking is one part leg strength, one part technique and one part mental. Henery, I think is missing that last part right now. No thanks. I’d give the rookie a shot.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I’d argue that the mental part is effecting his technique, but nothing is “effecting” his leg strength (or lack thereof).

  • Glenn

    Parkey had an awesome night. But I am not sure if he is ready yet to handle the consistency of being an NFL kicker on a playoff team as a rookie. I clearly remember the 33 yd FG he missed in the BCS championship game. And he only made 14 of 19 FG’s as a senior, which is nice as a college senior, but unacceptable at the highest level. t know he has a very strong leg. And I think he will definitely be a good NFL kicker. But even the best of kickers usually struggle with consistency their very first year after college. Kickers like Akers and McManus needed a year to kick around tryouts and camps before nailing down that consistency. But what is clear is that Henery is a bottom five kicker, and it never should have come down to this, where Parkey was only here for one week and one game. I think Parkey proved he is better than Henery though.

    • MediaMike

      We found out the hard way in the playoffs that Henery isn’t ready to handle the consistency of being an NFL kicker on a playoff team……PERIOD.

      • Glenn

        No doubt. My point is that I am not supporting Henery. Henery has to go. Henery has proven he is a bottom five kicker. I think Parkey is better, with more upside. But you can’t ignore the inexperience and history of inconsistency. The choice should be between Parkey, and someone else who may be cut, but is very good. Remember McManus may be available in week 5.

        • MediaMike

          I totally agree we might not be on our final guy, but Parkey earned the job for the time being.

        • anon

          McManus missed a couple last night in Dallas

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Isn’t Dallas a dome now too?

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      What’s up with the no-y in Parkey? Just asking.

      • Glenn

        typo? Or stupidity? I think I picked up on a post before from someone who misspelled it.

    • 370HSSV 0773H

      Parkey was 2 for 2 with the Colts and hit a 45 yarder.

      • Glenn

        Yes he did. It is possible that he is more consistent now than as a senior in Auburn despite the pressure of the NFL. That would be uncommon. But the kid showed he is better than Henery, who has to go!

        • Token

          He has a better starting point then Henery. Alex never had a big leg. Parkey I wouldnt say has a monster leg but its good. If Alex got better on kickoffs then Parkey can too. Which would mean he would be booting a fair number out of the endzone.

          • Glenn

            No doubl. Parkey is better than Henery today. And he has good upside, where Henery has no upside. I just hope he is more consistent than he was last year in Auburn. He delivered under pressure last night.

        • MediaMike

          Think about how much better our coaching is than Auburn’s. Those a-holes couldn’t even help me out by making FSU lose in the title game, so obviously their coaches suck.

          • Glenn

            True. Very true.

    • Robert Baer

      In his final year of college it seems he was 1/4 kicking 50+ yarders, with a successful attempt only at 52. I’d say he has improved significantly enough since then to be considered for this team over Henry.

      • MediaMike

        Superior leg talent plus NFL level special teams coaching will do that.

        • HaroldAngstrom

          In one of the several pieces penned by Chris Kluwe last year on Deadspin, he directly addressed the notion of “kicker coaching,” and his perspective was that there was none. That special teams coaches–league wide–know nothing about kickers. They are on their own to be good or not. Technique is neither taught not reinforced.

          • MediaMike

            Maybe the one’s that Kluwe played for are of that variety. Somebody somewhere has to be teaching kicking technique or every fat body d-lineman would be doubling up as the kicker.

          • HaroldAngstrom

            Someone somewhere certainly is. Kluwe suggested that nfl training camp is not that place.

            I’m by no means pro-Henrey. Just think we should hold our expectations on improvement-through-eagles-coaching.

          • Bert’s Bells

            I would assume that the snapper and the holder are more consistent in the NFL and that goes a long way.

    • BlindChow

      Henery set an NCAA record for accuracy in college, so it looks like the correlation between NFL and college isn’t that strong. I’m willing to forget Parkey’s misses in college in favor of his hits last night.

  • MediaMike

    If we need any way in particular to let Casey Matthews, Alex Henery, Curtis Marsh, and Roc Carmichael know they’re cut; I suggest this new Philadelphia method.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140829_Sources_reveal_new_clues_in_Schuylkill_slayings.html

    Right into the river you go boys!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RipperEagle96?feature=mhee RJ

    Some people will say it was only one game, but the fact of the matter is in this ONE game (Preseason be damned), Parkey hit two field goals over 50 yards. He might turn out to be a bit inconsistent from game to game if they keep him over Henery, but I don’t see the alternative being better in keeping Henery when we know what to expect from him. It’s almost as if he took the challenge from Spear and Parkey as a joke and proceeded to miss two field goals (and one I could make) this preseason. Spear I could see, he was horrible, but Parkey made kicks for the Colts prior to coming here, and made two dandies for us. I do not envy Chip in the slightest.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Man, you can tell that Henery isn’t comfortable at all with this situation. Another thing is that he seems to think that competition was brought in just because of the two misses this preseason. That’s part of his problem. He also sounds as if he’s owed something. It’s not as if he’s had a storied career so far and has made some clutch kicks. Homeboy needs a reality check.

    • MediaMike

      He should have received a chin check after he lost that playoff game last year.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Who do you think should’ve delivered it?

        • MediaMike

          Foles for sure. I need a QB who is willing to do the necessary things to lead a franchise.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Non-throwing hand though. Maybe he’s got a stiff jab with that length?…lol.

          • MediaMike

            hmmmmmmm, now you have me thinking. The greatest middleweight of all time, Mr. Bernard Hopkins, is an Eagles fan. I’m sure he’d punch Henery for us.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Umm, if Bernard Hopkins was such an Eagles fan, he wouldn’t have worn burgundy & gold in a recent fight at the armory in DC & told the fans that he wore those colors for the DC fans.

          • MediaMike

            promotional considerations are important!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I appreciate him being a Philly fighter but I am honestly not a fan of his. I think his fights are the most boring events in boxing & have been that way for about 10yrs.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            So, since he was 60?

    • damrvrhunter

      I could not agree more with your assessments. Having lived in the USA for over 20 years now, it is still shocking how rarely professional athletes own up to poor performance. They rather batten down the hatches and crawl deep inside their shells pretending away everything is fine.

      • Jonathan

        What does this have to do with the USA?

        • damrvrhunter

          Outside of the US soccer is king and in that sport your coach and teammates will not coddle you and you are expected to acknowledge when you are playing poorly not make excuses left and right. The psyche is sturdier for lack of a better phrase. Assuming you have only known American pro sports your entire life you would not know the kind of pro player that I am referring to.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            I can see this from an opposite perspective. I watch the world cup every four years and that’s pretty much my only exposure to futbol. I’m always surprised after a long lay-off of not watching when I hear commentators in game and coaches post game just basically rip players apart. You hardly ever hear that on this side of the pond.

          • damrvrhunter

            Truth be told I am not really a fan of coaches ripping players publicly. But it would have been nice for Henery to say something along the line “….I hate the situation I am in but it is partly of my own making, I wish I could get a couple of those misses back…” A small mea culpa versus sticking your head in the sand and pretending like somehow the organization owed you a spot and has now wronged you by denying one of those “wind aided” attempts from last night. RG3 is doing the same thing in DC this off season every legitimate critic of his is a “doubter”(new code word for “hater”) as if the national writers with their organizations running huge FANTASY leagues really want to see Cousins be just meh versus having Griffin light up the scoreboard.

          • Jonathan

            Oh, yeah, now I see what you mean. Suarez, Ronaldo and Balotelli definitely exemplify a sturdy psyche. My bad for having been obtuse.

        • Amar, CB who bought in

          My point !

    • G_WallyHunter

      Good point, lol after the last 2 seasons for him to think that’s quite funny

    • Bdawk20

      There were many times last season where Chip went for it on 4th down because he did not trust Henery. And, no offense to the “record”, but Henery’s 2011 had a long of 51, but many of this field goals were short that year.

      • Bert’s Bells

        Ugh. That terrible red zone play of the late Andy Reid era and all those 25 yard field goals.

        • igglesfaninportland

          Nailed it.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I specifically remember a few times where you could see Chip talking to Fipp on the sideline & Fipp kind of shaking his head no in those situations. That’s when I thought it was time for him to go. Not now, but back then.

      • UncleCarm

        And let us not forget the ‘Pooch’ kick game against the Vikings. I still have nightmares over that. I blame some of that on Chip (this is about the only negative thing I have against Chip). You can’t play scared and it seems like he did on those kick-offs. But it wasn’t Chip who executed the plays. If you are going to pooch, it should be high and short with no chance of return. We all know that didn’t work out. If there was any confidence at all that Henery could kick one out of the back of the end zone it would have gone differently.

        • PatrickVoltage

          That Vikings game kicking fiasco was when I gave up on Henery

    • Waffles

      Not to mention dude looks like he’s 40

  • damrvrhunter

    Is it ok to call him Murderleg?

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Call him anything you want but Henery.

  • Token
  • Addicted2MAmula

    The face expression though! after the 53 yrd field goal! Trent has me dead!

    http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/fan_shot_images/341622/05EUrDY.jpg

    • G_WallyHunter

      Hahaha thanks for making my morning, hilarious

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      what’s he make, about 750k? so he lost about $12,500 a yd. i’d be a little depressed too

      • Token

        love Coles face

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          he thinking ‘that skinny cracker just lost some serious cash!’

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        Cole’s expression reads ‘Awkwaaaaard !’

    • Corey Dawson

      I caught this live as well and was cracking up.

    • Kleptolia

      Trent Coles face!

      “Is he behind me? I think he’s behind me. Don’t start laughing, don’t start- but, man, that was a 53 yarder!! How long has it been since I’ve seen one of those?! ….is he still behind me?…”

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        “I’m just gonna’ walk that-a-way now… Hey guys, did you see desperate placekick… I mean housewives last night?”

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      kempski needs to spend a whole day with this picture in MSPaint.

      also….mouthbreather. cut him now. can’t have that spread in a locker room

  • Bdawk20

    Robbie Gould was not a great kicker at Penn State, but had the leg. He had VERY poor coaching as a kicker at PSU, as was the way with many players with potential in the latter Paterno years. That said, he was invited to Patriots camp, learned from Adam Vinatieri, and is now one of the best kickers in the game. So, here sits Parkey. I don’t know much about Auburn’s coaching, but he has the leg, spent a training camp with Adam Vinatieri. Worth a shot for sure…

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    so, we all hate Henery…how about another guy we hate, caseymatthews. how did Long look at ILB? if he can be 5th OLB/4th ILB, the last of the crappy brothers can hit the bricks.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      He had a sack. Played along side Casey all game. Looked much better to me.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        sounds good to me. Rip told me last night that Wolff and Reynolds looked good. Reynolds is tough, that GD tri-mester crap put those players so far behind. Reynolds is a good player, fans just never got to see it. he’s not nearly as good as Ertz, and remember his issuess. need to look at his ’11 and ’12 tape, he makes things happen, but not nearly the athlete Wolff is. and T-Rex arm Jaylen Wadkins sounded like he’s got a shot, least to point there’s no need to even worry about Roc or Marsh

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Yes to all of that.
          Wolff looked good, especially in run support.
          Watkins got beat a little, but also had some good hits and some good coverage. Easily ahead of Marsh and Carmicheal to me.
          Jets only touchdown went right through Reynolds hands, but he was in the right place and looked “fine” to me.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            thanks. great. going to be issues, none of them are finished products. rather see mistakes now with obvious upside, than constant mediocre play, but nothing to grown on.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Watkins has more talent in his pinky toe than Roc & Marsh.

        • BlindChow

          Wolff blew a coverage big time on one play. NY had a TE wide open in the end zone but Simms overthrew him. A decent QB would have had a touchdown.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Trash cans look better than Casey Matthews. No disrepect to Long.

  • Philliam Penn

    I can’t even remember when Henery kicked a 50 yarder

  • Andy

    My name’s Matt and I don’t like facts anymore.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Why not? Because the facts are that Henery sucks, that’s why!…lol.

  • Chuck Dougherty

    I would cut henery, keep parkway, and sign Hopkins to the ps. If parkey start missing field goals, u have a plan b.

    • Bert’s Bells

      There’s not much of a point signing a kicker to the practice squad.

      • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

        *Or any point at all…

    • Token

      They must not have interest. Too similar to Parkey maybe.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Not exactly a bad thing. Not like there’s a ton of options for kicker traits. Def not gonna hear things like, “We really love this kicker, he’s gotta high motor and is a real fastball.”

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I prefer to compare kickers to baseball closers. That’s the mindset they need in my eyes.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            And I like to picture my Jesus in a tuxedo t-shirt because it says, I wanna be formal, but I’m here to party.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’m formally here to party

      • Jerry Pomroy

        He’s been nursing a hamstring injury recently.

  • SoCalEaglesFan

    I have a feeling Eagles fans are going to regret it if the team keeps Parkey. Just a hunch. Not saying they shouldn’t replace Henery, but the first guy up? Murderleg was never a serious contender and this other guy is a complete unknown. Kicked two long FG’s with the wind at his back. Big whoop.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      He’s 5-5 this preseason, dating back to Indy. 3 of those 5 have been beyond 45yds & of course 2 from beyond 50yds (last night). He’s also had good distance on his KOs, worth a good number of touchbacks. In the current circumstances, he looks to be the best option on short notice.

    • Token

      lol hi Matt. People are crazy.

      What the worst that could happen? Parkey sucks too? Then they move on the another guy. You cant keep known bums

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Did you watch the FGs? Didn’t need wind…. And I’m no kicker, but I’m not sure how much a 3mph breeze at your back really helps when the ball had 10yards to spare anyway. Maybe it had 8 to spare w/ no breeze. I’ll take it all day.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        it does matter, especially from 50+. little wind in face makes you think you have to get it extra. extra power causes directional issues. with the wind, know you can give it normal swing. say 99% of it is in head.
        .
        that’s really the issue with Henery, his leg isnt strong enough to power it thru the wind. watch his kicks, ball moves way too much.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          I just meant a light breeze at the back vs. no breeze. SoCal’s statement makes it seem like the “wind” was a factor worth mentioning when it, in fact, was not.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            that’s more the 2nd part. henery can only go over 45 because he has a 2 or 3 yd draw, that’s to get extra distance. why i asked if Pakey just smokes them high and straight. when you kick against the wind, once the ball starts moving, you lose all control. no idea if it’ll curve 3 or 5 or 10 yds. but with the wind, if you slightly misshit it, the wind wont send it sailing.
            .
            mentally, it is so much easier to kick with the wind than against. even as small as 3 mph. still, 50+ twice, is good enough for me.
            .
            why when i heard Henery say ‘well i might have made those with that wind’…the wind is already in his head, he’s sunk. Parkey has big enough leg he just smokes the ball right thru it, doesnt give a ratzass about 3 or 5 mph.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Better than missing them.

    • peteike

      nope, you have that backwards, fans will freak the .. out if they keep Henery. We already regret he was drafted.

    • tomw

      How bad was the wind when Henery missed that 31 yarder last week?

  • Waffles

    Henery aka Clown Leg, Curtis Marsh, Casey Matthews, and Roc Carmichael all need to go. If somehow Polk and Barner make it over Josey and Tucker that is criminal. No reason Josey can’t learn how to return kicks/punts. He reminds me of BWest.

    • peteike

      one of these things is bound to happen so be ready to be upset. Imagine they keep Henery after this, oh boy. He couldnt handle the pressure prior, one miss and the fans will go nuts

  • Septhinox

    There is something about Henery’s attitude about this that just rubs me wrong. I can’t place it though.

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      Maybe it’s the fact that he comes off as a guy that knows he is about to lose his job and is just a tad defensive? He sucks, but I’m sure I’d come off as a D!C(hip)K(elly) too.

      • Septhinox

        Many people have been in the situation that he’s in right now. Not really an excuse. His responses and how he “seems” to be handling it will play into if he gets another shot in the NFL.

    • BlindChow

      One thing is his claim (in this article and previous ones) that he’s been money in practice and characterizes his two misses in games as outliers. As if how you kick in practice and how you kick in an actual live game are somehow equivalent.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I touched on it earlier. His lack of confidence is beaming. When people try to tear down others to make themselves look/feel better, that’s a total lack of confidence. He seems threatened and somewhat angered by having to compete against someone. As if he’s owed something. He also acts as if the two preseason misses are a fluke, when he has gotten considerably less accurate over the past few years. He’s tilted and needs a reality check.

  • Explorer51

    For those who are worried about Parkey’s accuracy in college, here’s a very good article that compares FG % in college vs NFL for every kicker with at least one year of NFL experience who is eligible to kick this year. Interestingly, their accuracy actually increases an average of 7% when they kick in the NFL:

    http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2014/8/26/6072637/a-look-at-nfl-kickers-and-their-accuracy-in-college

    Perhaps better coaching, physical conditioning, and psychological maturation are keys?

    So maybe Parkey just needs the chance…

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Want to know whose accuracy didn’t improve 7% in the NFL?

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        Who?! Who?!

      • TNA

        Graham Gano?

      • Explorer51

        Yeah, Henery was one of the six kickers (out of 28) whose accuracy actually decreased (-3.2%). And, just as a comparison, Parkey’s percentage at Auburn was 73.6% which is in line, college-wise, with about half of the 28 kickers listed.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          What’s sad, though, is that his % decreased and he’s been sheltered quite a bit from long kicks.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            Did sheltering him kill his confidence?

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Couldn’t tell ya. Certainly seems like an unintended consequence. Dude’s supposed to be accurate but is biffing some chip shots. Can’t imagine that would bode well for the longer shots.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            The greater the distance the harder they are to line up accurately. Just simple geometry. For example at 35yds a kick may travel wide by about 3yds of its destination or measuring point. That same exact kick at 50yds may travel wide by 6-7yds, but it will certainly be much wider.

      • TNA

        What’s really sad is that this table doesn’t account for length of kicks.
        Henery is like a golfer with a decent short game, but needs 4 swings to get on to the green on a par 4. Consistency is fine, but not when you’re handicapping the rest of the team.
        Henery is no Bubba Watson, that’s for sure.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          Excellent analogy.

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          Then call me “early career akers” on a golf course. I can get to a nice chip shot from the tee on a par 4 and then it takes me 3 strokes just to get on the green. My short game is atrocious. I’m happiest when I’m about 85-90 yards away after my tee shot because I can drop that in nicely. It’s the low power wedge shots that kill me.

    • Token

      Interesting that some of the best kickers in the league improved the most from college. Some were not good in college at all. You take the leg and a good ST coach should be able to improve the player.

    • B-West

      The wider hash marks in college make for some tougher kicks, maybe that is part of it.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      He ends the piece saying that the Eagles may need to deal with a few extra misses in favor of longer kickoffs. I’ll say this again, if you’ve got a kicker with a stronger leg, you also have more opportunity to attempt kicks. If a guy can’t make the distance, you can’t realistically make that long attempt.

      So let’s say we’re in a close game (down by 2 or 3) and a drive to win it stalls & you’re staring down 4th down & 7. The FG attempt being 55yds. With a guy like Henery, you go for it on 4th down or you’re very seriously considering it. With a stronger legged kicker, you attempt the FG. Enough said.

  • Token

    You save about 700k in cap space cutting Henery. And his contract is up after this year anyway. There is literally no point in keeping him.

  • Waffles

    Henery looks like he is 40 and is insecure and weak. Parkey has confidence. Henery is the type of dude that you could cut in front of in line without consequence, Parkey wouldn’t allow that. I bet you could sit next to Henery in a movie theater and talk through the entire movie and he wouldn’t do a thing about it. Try that with Parkey and your jaw would be wired shut.

    • Token

      lol. Thats exactly Henery.

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      Haha – if he didn’t suck so badly for my favorite team I’d probably feel bad for him. I was wondering last night what his life is like outside of football. Is he married, dating? Does he have anything to be happy about if he gets cut (aside from substantial income he has accrued)? He seriously does sound like a person who could fall deeply into a bout of depression.

      ***EDIT***

      Google is great… His wife is hot. I don’t feel bad for him anymore.

      • Waffles

        That’s what bothers me about Henery. He had a chance to take the job by the balls and he didn’t. Spear sucked worse than him so he got lazy and complacent. He should have been kicking with anger and rage and killing it in the weight room, doing something to show some aggression.

      • Waffles

        Yeah until she leaves him for Parkey.

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          I want him gone, but I wouldn’t wish that on any man. He certainly out-kicked his leg with when he snagged her.

        • Guest

          Not the best pic, but she’s a cutie.

    • Bert’s Bells

      What kind of choade cuts in line?

    • southy

      Assertiveleg

      • Brian

        Too easy… PerkyLeg.

  • TNA

    Winter is coming for a lot of good players. Definitely don’t envy the coaches or guys making decisions.

    I’m curious as to how guys like Tucker, Josey, Polk, and Barner would do on a team with an OL and system that’s less run friendly. It’s hard to gauge how relatively good a RB is with these offensive linemen (even 2nd and 3rd team) and system, because they’re creating 6 lane highways to run through and the receivers are blocking like maniacs. Polk didn’t get a lot of touches last year, but he exploded through the line and blew through arm tackles. They say his hamstring should be fine soon, but hamstrings get reinjured easily and if he loses any speed going through holes, he may be better off rehabbing until he’s fully healthy.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Love the GOT reference.

  • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton
    • Jerry Pomroy

      I don’t think they went far enough with the disguise. They pegged him right away. It would’ve been much better if they did and they didn’t recognize him and then he looks at the board and makes a case for drafting him.

      • Token

        Yea. Plus when you are 6’6 you stick out like a sore thumb in the first place.

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          Yea it’s kind of hard to disguise him unless they went full on Uncle Drew status.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            It would’ve been really cool if they mission impossibled him with a whole new face that he tears off to reveal himself.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            Agreed JP.. I’m just happy that he’s doing some stuff like this. He seems like a cool dude. I’d love to have met him like that.

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        I got robbed of Foles in both of my drafts this year. I tried to hold out until the late 7th in my first draft and he got nabbed 5 picks ahead of me and then I was going to take him early sixth in my second draft and he went about 8 picks ahead of me. I was heated both times.

  • tomw

    Keep the kid. This way we find out early enough if he can kick in the NFL. At worst we go dig up David Ackers, or someone else. Henery most likely will be available also.

  • Token

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/red_zone/Why-the-Eagles-wont-or-shouldnt-cut-Chris-Polk.html

    Can someone explain the media love affair with Polk? Sure hes got some talent. But all those video examples, Tucker or Josey likely make the same exact play. There wasnt anything all that difficult there. They barely used him last year when really needed. Why would they use him more this year?

    Again, I cant sit here and say Polk, Tucker or Josey are great players. But I dont feel Polk seperates himself from the other two. And hes got chronic shoulder issues. Hamstring injury right now. I just dont know why you keep him. He IS good in pass pro. Maybe hes head and shoulders better on ST. Someone else might be able to answer that.

    Its hard to know what you have against scrubs. But I think Josey looks like a natural runner. Seems like hes got good vision out there.

    Josey is more like what Chip thinks Barner is but at the pro level.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      “Josey is more like what Chip thinks Barner is but at the pro level.” – Agreed

      “Maybe hes head and ‘shoulders’ better on ST.” – Was there a pun intended??

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      On three of those plays he picks up substantial yards after first contact, mostly by powering through said contact. The play against Denver in particular is probably a five yard gain with Josey.

      I said elsewhere that I think he gives you a nice power compliment to McCoy and Sproles’ more finesse style, plus I think he has more talent than Josey and Tucker. His injuries are really the only concern I have with him. If the medical staff think he can be relied on there’s no way I’d let him go.

      • Token

        To me the thought of the “power back” has always got people worked up. Ive never really cared. I just want the better runner. Especially in a offense where you probably are gonna see nice holes, ill take the extra burst that a Josey type player has. Tucker can be the short yardage guy if you need that.

        I think everyone is big and strong. Its pretty tough to be a power back in the league these days. If anything you will probably end up injured. Give me a quick guy with some balance and vision.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Tucker is bigger anyway.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          Like I say, I think Polk *is* the best runner of the three. He can blast through people and while he’s never going to be confused with Shady he’s also fast and shifty enough to take advantage of space when he gets it.

          I think people are getting way too excited about Josey’s ability to average five yards against men who mostly won’t be heard of again. Reminds me of last year when the message boards were all sad face cos we cut Acho whose brilliance would surely see some other team offer him a roster spot. As it turned out, not so much.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I just don’t see Polk as good enough to earn a roster spot without playing, when others have made the most of their opportunity.

            “Hi Henry and Matt. I know you both kicked butt so far, and Polk hasn’t been able to play a snap, but we’re still keeping him over you. Win the day fellas. Well, um, I mean, you did win all the days in camp, but still…”

            I’m not saying that can’t happen, but I wouldn’t be in favor of it.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Again, as far as I’m concerned you keep the guy you believe is better, not the guy who happened to be healthy in August.

            My position is essentially Healthy Polk > Healthy Josey or Tucker. If the medical staff are comfortable Polk can get healthy keep him. If not, keep one of the other guys.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            That’s fair, I just disagree. I don’t see him as having proven he’s better than Tucker in a meaningful way. I can’t ever remember a non-established, non-drafted player missing all of preseason and making the team over someone at the same position who was very productive during that time.

            And I think you have to reward the guys for carpeing the diem.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Yeah, I get that but I think they like Polk (and I think they’re right to). They obviously felt happy enough with him to trade BB away and pre-hamstring he was pretty much a lock to make the 53.

            If he stays healthy I think he can be a beast, but again, compulsory reminder I was excited about DJ2 this time last year so I’m probably not getting a job in talent evaluation any time soon.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Good. So Tucker and Josey it is. ;)

    • Jernst

      I agree I don’t get all the love for Polk. He’s good but also a dime a dozen as far as talent goes. I haven’t seen him doing anything that really impressed me.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    Is that Alex Henery Guy here today?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Matt? No, the facts don’t support it…lol.

  • Amar, CB who bought in

    …”there hasn’t been a lot of time to evaluate him up close.”
    He is a Kicker for cryin out loud. If he can kick, he’s good.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Alex Henery be like, “How dare you challenge me. Do you not know who I am?? I’m the most accurate kicker in NCAA history biznitches!”

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    The decision should just come down to Donnie Longball. Chip just has to ask which man he trusts more to not kick his fingers. end of story.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Ouch!

  • Token

    Josh Andrews is the 1st cut. Here we go…

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      yawin smallwood, ilb out of Conn was cut
      .
      first 15 should be layups…i just need to see marsh’s name, i need it official. most offer buble guys i can live with

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        You’ve been a closet caseymatthews non-hater this whole time? You think you know a man….

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          even if he makes team, he’ll literally be the 53rd guy. that means 3 if not 4 ilbs have to get hurt for him to play, with Long seeing reps. bad S would have to happen for him to impact season, and assuming by then, be in dumpster anyways. have enough depth, just not worried about him playing. i wont get worked up over seeing him covering kicks.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Yeah, I was kidding. I’m at peace with him being on the 53 because he’s not terrible on special teams (high praise!) and if our fourth/fifth ILB is running around on D for any reason we’re probably effed anyway.

  • Bob A

    Trent Cole looks like he’s busy thinking up Henery’s eulogy.

  • Breathe 21

    We finally have someone capable of kicking a long game winner for us. I wouldn’t be confident in a 45 yard game winner from Henery. He could actually make a positive difference in the wins and losses column

  • southy

    If you bring a guy in and you are honest about him having a chance to make the team, you ask yourself, what would it take for me to pick him in a week’s time? He’s done everything you have asked of him – if you cut him now he never had a chance to begin with.

  • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

    Wow! 204 Comments on a Kickers Duel. That’s some passion.

  • TjPup

    Chip/Howie should have brought in serious competition for Henery from the door.

    Keep Parking lot Parkey…..no team is going to sign Henery so he will be there if needed.

  • Jeff Asay

    It’s official. The Henery era is over.