CLEVELAND -- Kicker Cody Parkey’s first game experience with the Cleveland Browns resulted in three missed field goals, including a potential game winner at the end of regulation, in last Sunday’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium last Sunday.
Despite missing three of his six field goal attempts against the Dolphins after being signed on Friday following a practice injury to Patrick Murray, Parkey remained with the team and will again kick in today’s game at Washington, something special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor is anxious to see.
“He has had a really good week,” Tabor said. “He really has. I am excited for him to go into this game and have a lot of confidence in him. To be honest with you, selfishly, I hope the game comes down to a game-winning field goal because I believe when we trot him out there that he will make it. I really do. He has had a great week of practice.”
Although Parkey struggled with the timing of kicks after having less than 48 hours to fly to Cleveland, join the Browns and get back on a plane to fly down to Miami, but Tabor is confident the issues against the Dolphins will not be a problem in Washington, D.C.
“The guy has been to a Pro Bowl,” Tabor said. “He is an excellent, excellent kicker. Tough circumstances for him. Those things can be tough because you are thinking snap, hold and kick, getting the rhythm, when is the ball coming out, when do I approach the ball and still striking it the way that you want to. It has obviously been nice to have this week to iron all those things out. What I have seen from him this week is the Cody Parkey that we know and watched on tape.
“If he hits them like he was this week, which I expect him to do, he has had a great week. I am looking forward to it. I think he has definitely fixed that.”
Despite Parkey playing in just 19 games over his first two NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Browns elected to sign him instead of a veteran free agent like Robbie Gould, who worked with Tabor for several years with the Chicago Bears.
In 12 years with the Bears, Gould converted 276 of his 323 field goal attempts and 379 of his 383 point after touchdown tries, but Jackson defended the decision to sign Parkey and give a young player an opportunity to compete for the Browns.
However, Tabor denied those reports and rumors, and instead, threw his full support behind Parkey.
“I’m excited to watch him this weekend,” Tabor said. “In other areas, he played really well -- six touchbacks and the one that they did bring out, I think it was five or six yards deep. It had a 4.2 (second) hang and we tackled inside the 25. People talk about the misses, but the other things that he was doing were outstanding.
“We have a really good, young player who has been to a Pro Bowl, gets great lift on the ball, bangs touchbacks and can place the ball directionally. He is good. I heard about the reports. I don’t think anything of them. I have moved onto Washington and am excited to watch our guy, the guy that is here, perform for us at a winning level.”