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#pounditFriday, January 21, 2022

Matt Nagy defends decision to kneel before Eddy Piniero miss

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The Chicago Bears opted to do something unconventional in the buildup to a game-winning field goal try that they’re now having to answer for.

Down a point with 43 seconds and one timeout left, the Bears opted to take a knee at the Los Angeles Chargers’ 22-yard line instead of trying to pick up some extra yards for kicker Eddy Piniero. That decision quickly came under scrutiny after Piniero missed the 41-yard try, leading to another Chicago loss.

Coach Matt Nagy was asked questions about that decision after the game and things got testy, with Nagy denying that it was a sign of him lacking faith in his offense to avoid a turnover.

If Piniero makes the field goal, nobody remembers the decision, so Nagy is sort of a victim of his kicker’s failure here. Ultimately, Piniero needs to convert that. That said, Piniero’s kick hooked to the left late, and it might have been good a few yards closer. There’s definitely an argument to be made that Nagy did his kicker a disservice by simply downing the ball and using the timeout.

Nagy actually apologized to the Bears for some of his playcalling. It doesn’t sound like he has any plans to say sorry about this decision, though.


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