By Chris Emma–
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (CBS) — Typically when a kicker is surrounded by reporters after a game, they either made the big kick or missed it.
Bears kicker Connor Barth was forced to face the music after missing a kick that would prove to be a crushing blow in a 29-23 loss to the Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Faced with a 54-yard field goal late in the third quarter, Barth missed wide right, but the Bears caught a break. A Colts defender ran into Barth, offering another chance, this one from 49 yards out. Barth missed wide to the left this time.
Had Barth made that field goal, the Bears would’ve been in position to take three points in the fourth quarter for the tie when faced to a fourth-and-8 situation. Barth’s miss proved to be costly.
“Those are kicks I usually make,” Barth said. “I got to make them.”
In the loss, Barth hit three of his four field goals, with those coming from 35, 49 and 24 yards out. He is now 5-for-8 on the season.
Barth came to the Bears in a unique situation, with the team moving on from its all-time leading scorer, Robbie Gould, the night before Week 1 preparation began. Bears coach John Fox said that Barth’s availability made the team more enticed to let Gould go.
Following Sunday’s loss, Fox was asked if the Bears will work out kicker this week.
“We’ll take a look at everything like we always do,” Fox replied.
After working out for the Cowboys last week, Gould remains available. Needless to say, a reunion would seem unlikely.
Barth remains confident that he will improve. Is this the best he’s got?
“Definitely not,” Barth replied, offering that belief in himself.