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Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard carries the ball into the end zone ahead of Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Jackson for a first-quarter touchdown during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Dec. 16, 2018.
Joe Lewnard/ Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard carries the ball into the end zone ahead of Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Jackson for a first-quarter touchdown during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Dec. 16, 2018. — Joe Lewnard

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Hub . . . If Cody Parkey made majority of his kicks during the year . . . his miss in the playoffs, I believe bear fans kinda woulda taken it better I think . . . miss[ed] kicks happens, but it was a glaring problem during the season and Pace did not bring in any competition . . . thoughts thanks!!

There is no question that, had Parkey not been one of the worst kickers in the league during the season, it would have been a lot less dramatic, but I don’t think Bears fans “would have taken it any better” when he missed a 43-yarder to win a wild-card game.

I don’t agree though that the problem was “glaring during the season,” and while Ryan Pace obviously made a mistake signing him last offseason, there was really nothing he could have or should have done in-season and I think it’s nothing more than solid 20-20 hindsight to try and blame it on him.

Parkey missed 11 kicks during the season but six of them hit the uprights, the last one obviously twice. That is as much bad luck as it is bad kicking and will probably never happen again. You can easily argue Parkey was eight-to-12 inches from hitting all six of them and, had he, nobody would have been focused on him going into the playoffs.

You also have to remember that five of the kicks that hit the upright were in games the Bears won easily — four vs. Detroit and one at Minnesota — so again, it didn’t exactly scream disaster.

I questioned at the time of the signing why they paid him so much and why he was such a priority because he obviously only had a 48-to-49-yard leg based on his first four seasons, but he was also one of the most accurate kickers in the league off his first four years, so he was hard to worry about.

Until that Detroit game there were no real concerns, then you’re stuck with the huge contract and knowing he’s never had issues before you have to be really careful not to screw him up worse by bringing in competition and messing with his head.

I blame Pace and his staff for missing on the evaluation, but you don’t bat 1.000 in any business, especially his and he’s probably going to be the Executive of the Year for the rest of his work last offseason.

Would you give back Robinson, Gabriel, Burton, Lynch, Roquan Smith, Daniels, Miller, Nichols, etc. just to not have Parkey?

You can’t blame Pace, and Parkey didn’t lose the Eagles game — it took all 53 guys to do that — he just blew his chance to be the hero who won it.

Any experience with two female dogs vs one male and one female? heard that two females will bicker for top dog. also...would you cut Parkey if GM?

Yes, I would cut Parkey. I don’t know if that’s fair or not but having him around will just put too much pressure on the rest of the team. Even if he’s the best kicker in the league the first 9, 10, 11 weeks of the ’19 season, everyone will still be waiting for him to miss or hit the uprights every time he goes out and it makes it that much harder on everyone else on the special teams to do their jobs.

The kid also showed terrible judgment going on that TV show, and you have to wonder what he was thinking there and what his mental makeup really is, and think about how he’s going to be treated by the fans if they bring him back.

It’s unfair to everyone — maybe most of all him — to keep him at this point. And he is leaving with $9 million minimum regardless, so I’m going to save my sympathy for someone else.

We’ve actually had three dogs more than two, usually two females and a male. We keep saying we’ll cut back but we’re addicted to golden retrievers and any breed that needs rescuing from the shelter by our house (Orphans Of The Storm in Riverwoods – great place to find a great new member of the family!!!) and the Anti-Cruelty Society.

We’ve never had or met a golden that will fight with any dog – part of the attraction I guess – but when we’ve only had two dogs, it’s almost always been one male and one female. They’re just like our kids — the boys and girls were always more likely to fight with each other than a brother or sister.

Our experience with non-golden rescues we’ve had is the females are more likely to try and be the alpha dog than the male.

Currently we have Molly the mutt, with our golden – our other golden actually just passed away a month ago – and Molly is two-thirds boxer, a lot of lab and a touch of Belgium retriever. She never causes trouble and wouldn’t hurt a fly, but she never lets her brother or sister get attention without coming over and trying to push them out of the way.

If you’re going just two, I’d definitely recommend one male and one female.

If John Fox wasn't the Bears former coach wouldn't he be the best available DC available to run their defense.

No! John Fox is/was a good football coach, but he hasn’t been a coordinator in more than 16 years and the league has changed quite a bit. After running three different teams and three different coaching staffs and going through a bushel full of coordinators himself, we have no idea how he would react to playing second fiddle now.

Foxy was paid not to coach in 2018, and with the money he’s made in the league I would hope that’s not a concern for him anymore. But if he did want to get back, 2019 would definitely be the year to do it, and what does it tell you that with eight teams assembling brand new staffs, and some having already made questionable hires of retreads, John’s name has never even been mentioned anywhere?

He really was a good coach at one time, but my suspicion is he was pretty much just phoning it in his last year and a half or so here. He doesn’t seem anxious to get back in the game ... and he’d be an awful idea for the Bears DC.

Hey Hub, do you think there's enough talent on the Broncos' defense for Fangio to help make them formidable like they were a few years ago?

Absolutely, and it should happen right away. Von Miller isn’t Khalil Mack but he’s very close, CBs Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby are Pro Bowl-caliber players and Bradley Chubb — a second alternate to the Pro Bowl this year as a rookie — will make the team next season.

Derek Wolfe, Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis are really solid starters and contributors, as are Darian Stewart and Josey Jewell.

The concern would be that, believe it or not, Miller is already entering his ninth season and Harris, Marshall and Wolfe have all been around for a while too. So, Vic and Elway might be reloading the next year or two to pair new stars with Chubb and Jewell, but they’ll be good on defense right away.

Unfortunately, the defense isn’t Vic's biggest concern; there don’t appear to be any answers around at quarterback — and that’s a problem.

Do you think Jordan Howard is in the backfield next year?

That is the question of the day! I came away from the season-ending presser convinced he’s not Nagy’s guy — even though the coach didn’t say that. But over the past three seasons, only Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott have rushed for more yards than Howard.

He’s not one of the three best running backs in the game, but he is one of the three most productive runners now, and you’re not going to just get rid of him or sell/trade him cheap when you have no other answers on the roster.

Tarik Cohen is just too small to be a starting running back, Taquan Mizzell did nothing to suggest he even belongs on the roster. Benny Cunningham is a free agent and no better than a No. 3, and while many of us thought UDFA Ryan Nall was exciting in the preseason, he’s the same style back as Howard and that appears to be Nagy’s problem with him.

He’s under contract one more year and cheap because he was a fifth-round pick, so I think he’s back, but the Bears will do all they can to give him competition and try and replace him.