Gould has been a mainstay for the Bears for the last decade. He has been with the organization since 2005 and he is the Bears’ all-time scoring leader. He has shown impressive accuracy and leg strength despite the often frigid temperatures in Chicago. However, this past season Gould looked a shell of his former self, missing two crucial kicks with games on the line along the way to his worst season as a professional. He was 33 of 39 with his field goal attempts last year after completing only 75 percent of his field goal attempts in 2014. Gould has a career field goal percentage of 85.4 which is good for ninth on the all-time list. Gould's current deal lasts through the 2017 season, but if John Fox decides to bring competition into camp, Gould's position will be in question. For now, Gould is the only kicker on the roster, so there is no indication that he will be replaced this season.
Robbie Gould 2015 Outlook
Gould doesn’t view the decision to move extra-point attempts back to the 15-yard line as a big deal. “It’s a 33-yarder. Is that really a challenge?” Gould recently asked. There are concerns that the rule change could favor indoor teams. “I don’t know,” said Gould, who attempted the 33-yard extra points during a trial run last preseason. “We’ll have to see how it plays out.” Gould, the sixth most accurate kicker in NFL history, has made 91.1 percent of his field-goal attempts (51-for-56) between 30 and 36 yards in his career. He’s never missed an attempt between 20 and 29 yards. “It’s a rule,” Gould said. “They changed it. On to the next, right?” Meanwhile, Gould is fully recovered from the quadriceps injury that cost him the final four games of last season (veteran Jay Feely filled in). He’s also changed his training to combat further injury and his age. “I feel awesome,” he said. “I’ve been kicking a lot.” Accuracy alone makes Gould a viable play on any given Sunday.
Robbie Gould 2014 Outlook
Gould had another stellar season in 2013, tying his own Bears record for field-goal accuracy at 89.7 percent. He connected on 26 of 29 attempts just as he did in 2008. Gould has the top seven most accurate seasons in Bears history and is the third most accurate kicker in NFL history with an 86.0 success rate (234 of 272). In 2013, Gould kicked the longest field goal in team history, a 58-yarder in the season opener against the Bengals and converted the 11th game-winning kick of his career, a 38-yarder in overtime to beat the Ravens 23-20 on Nov. 17 at Soldier Field. Gould also became the second player in Bears history to compile 1,000 points, increasing his career total to 1,025, just 91 behind Kevin Butler's all-time franchise record. And this year, the second under HC Marc Trestman, could be even better as the offensive mastermind continues to build on last year's success.