Kelly: Not Concerned About Parkey
Cody Parkey had a shaky outing Sunday against the Colts. The second-year kicker misfired wide-right on a 34-yard field goal, and also failed to convert on an extra point attempt. Chip Kelly did not sound concerned when addressing the media afterwards.
“No, we are not,” said Kelly, when asked if he was planning on bringing in competition at kicker. “I mean, he was an All‑Pro Bowl kicker last year. In his first exhibition game, he missed an extra point and a field goal. He’s hit three from 40, too. I wouldn’t push the panic button right now.
“I mean, let’s not go crazy now. He’s a pretty good kicker. Hey, he’s a Pro Bowler. I’ve seen Pro Bowlers miss kicks. I’ve seen Adam [Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri] ‑‑ Adam is a Hall of Fame kicker — I’ve seen him miss kicks before, too. Let’s not hit the panic button on Cody right now. We are in the first preseason game.”
Added Parkey: “I think everybody is human, everyone misses a kick here or there. It’s obviously pretty embarrassing to go out there and miss two in the first game. It sucks for me to do it, and I’m just going to go out there next week and do better.”
— Kelly gave his take on the performances of quarterbacks Tim Tebow, Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez. When it came to the rough patches in Tebow’s outing, Kelly said some of that falls on the QB’s teammates.
“You have to look at who’s in with who,” Kelly explained. “I think there were a different set of receivers with Matt than the ones that Timmy had and, really, a different line at times. There were a couple of times where Timmy held the ball and it’s like, ‘Why is he doing that?’ Well, the receiver ran the wrong route. He’s looking for a receiver to run a shallow cross, we didn’t get any shallow cross.”
Kelly offered this analysis of Sanchez’s day:
“He had a couple of high throws, he has to get his feet set a little bit, but I thought he played with a good tempo. As a group we were all on the same page, guys were clicking and guys were hitting, but I’m sure he wants two of those throws back because they were a little high.”
And of Barkley:
“I thought he did a real nice job. We screwed up a little bit on that one naked [bootleg] where it ended up getting tipped, but that guy should have been blocked. Our tight end was lined up too tight, we should have had a pin block on him and got him to the corner and given him an opportunity to throw it, but I thought he did a real nice job out there.”
— Kenjon Barner scored both on the ground and in the punt return game. Kelly was asked how the former Duck fits into the running back puzzle.
“If he continues to perform like that, we have to fit him in,” he responded. “We are going to find a way to keep the best 53 players here but when you get an opportunity to do something, you step up and do it. It’s not a, well, if I had my chance ‑‑ everybody gets their chance. A lot of guys played a lot of football today. If he continues to play like that then he’s going to put himself in the mix.”