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Friday, May 29, 2020

Bears kicker says team put him on wrong hash mark on critical missed FG

Eddy Pineiro

Eddie Pineiro missed a field goal on Sunday that could have given the Chicago Bears a win over the Los Angeles Chargers, and the kicker has since indicated that the team did not put him in the best position to succeed.

Pineiro missed two field goals in Chicago’s 17-16 loss, the second of which was a 41-yarder as time expired that could have won the game. Mitchell Trubisky kneeled on the left hash mark prior to that attempt, and Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune says Pineiro admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the left hash was not his preferred spot for that kick.

Wiederer noted that Pineiro immediately expressed regret for making that admission, and other reporters did not feel he was trying to make excuses.

Pineiro should be able to make a 41-yard kick from any spot on the field, but that is still a bad look for Chicago’s coaching staff if he preferred to kick from the middle or right hash and they intentionally had Trubisky kneel on the left. At the very least, that shows a lack of preparedness. Head coach Matt Nagy already faced criticism for a decision he made before the kick, and that looks even worse now.

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