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.
Eddy Pineiro probably wanted to make like Southwest Airlines and get away after his poor performance on Sunday, but his coach is still confident in him.
Addressing the media Monday, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy backed the young kicker following his two missed field goals, including a potential game-winner in the final seconds, in a 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
“I know who he is as a person,” said Nagy, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “And we’ve seen it in practice and we’ve already seen him nail a 53 game-winner in Denver.
“We have all the faith in the world in him,” Nagy went on. “We know he’s going to bounce back. Ask anybody on the team. It’s the NFL. It happens. How do you respond to it? Right?”
After hooking a 33-yard attempt off the right upright in the first quarter, the 24-year-old Pineiro missed a 41-yarder that would have given the Bears the win as time expired in the fourth. He entered play on Sunday though having made nine of his ten attempts on the season, including the game-winner against the Broncos in Week 2 that Nagy mentioned.
Nagy did find himself having to defend one of his decisions before Pineiro’s miss, but Pineiro has definitely done enough to merit his coach’s support.
We are more or less at the halfway point of the NFL season, meaning the most meaningful games are right around the corner. That makes this week’s action all the more intriguing. Add in the fact that the trade deadline is looming, and there’s a lot of incentive for teams to show their best selves this week to enable front offices to select the best course of action.
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The Bills faced very real questions about how legitimate they were as a 5-1 team. They failed to answer those questions on Sunday with a very poor performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, who had a lot to prove themselves. The Bills were gashed on the ground, giving up 218 rushing yards, while the offense barely surpassed 250 yards. The Bills have had a lot of success leaning on their pass defense and doing enough on offense, but when Philadelphia ran so successfully, that gameplan was blown up. It’s not easy to replicate, but the Bills definitely look more vulnerable now than they did before.
Absolutely dreadful in every aspect. It was no secret that the Panthers would be in for a tough day against San Francisco’s defense, and that played out. Kyle Allen threw for only 158 yards and was picked off three times, while Christian McCaffrey was basically the only player who could do anything on offense. Defensively, it was even more embarrassing. The 49ers aren’t really known for being a dominant offense, but they put up 388 total yards and 51 points on the helpless Panthers. This was bad all around.
Eddy Pineiro kicked for the Chicago Bears on Monday night despite a knee injury.
Pineiro was questionable for his team’s tilt with the Washington Redskins due to his knee. He went 1-for-2 on field goals (made from 38 and missed from 44) and was 3-for-3 on extra points.
We knew Pineiro hurt his knee in the weight room, but it wasn’t until after the Bears’ 31-15 win that we learned the nature of the extent of the injury. The kicker said he had a pinched nerve in his knee and was struggling to keep it locked, per Bears reporter Rich Campbell.
The Bears will hope Eddy Money is better before long. They will expect him to make 44-yarders in the future, although his kick to beat the Broncos in Week 2 sure bought him a lot of goodwill.
Eddy Pineiro sent a great tweet shortly after kicking the Chicago Bears to a victory over the Denver Broncos.
When the Broncos took a 14-13 lead with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation, odds were stacked against the Bears. However, a Mitchell Trubisky pass to Allen Robinson put the Bears in field goal range with just one second left on the clock. Pineiro came on to convert a 53-yard field goal to prevent the Bears from falling to 0-2 on the season.
Following the game, Pineiro, who is in his first season as the Bears’ kicker, took to social media to sum up the emotions after his big moment.
The Bears and their fans endured heartbreak last year as a result of performances by kickers. Pineiro stepping up on Sunday wasn’t lost on one of the team’s stars, Khalil Mack.
It looks for now like the Bears have found themselves a kicker.
The Chicago Bears came back to beat the Denver Broncos 16-14 on Sunday thanks to a 53-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro as time expired. They were also aided by a garbage roughing the passer penalty called on Bradley Chubb in the final 30 seconds.
Denver scored with 31 seconds left and then make a 2-point conversion to take a 14-13 lead. Just when you thought they had the game, the Bears got the ball back and drove for a field goal. They caught a nice break on their first play of the possession when Chubb was called for roughing the passer, tacking 15 yards onto a five-yard pass play.
The call moved Chicago from their 25 to the 45. They were then facing a 4th-and-15 with under 10 seconds to go but finally converted on a pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Allen Robinson that took them to the Denver 35. The problem is time appeared to run out, though the refs gave Trubisky a timeout call with one second left.
That set things up for Pineiro, who made his biggest field goal as a member of the Bears.
Two lead changes in the final 31 seconds of a game that barely had any scoring. Who saw that coming?
After an offseason of intrigue, the Chicago Bears have their kicker.
Coach Matt Nagy announced Sunday that Eddy Pineiro had won the Bears’ kicking job and will serve in that role to start the regular season.
23-year-old Pineiro has no NFL kicking experience, at least in the regular season. He went 8-of-9 on field goals and 3-of-4 on extra points during preseason. He seemed to have the job largely locked up by mid-August, by which point he was the lone kicker left on the team’s roster.
The Bears’ offseason kicker scramble was launched when Cody Parkey’s 43-yard attempt to win the NFC wild card game was blocked. That search turned controversial at times, but now it’s Pineiro’s job if he can keep it.
Eddy Pineiro has appeared to be in the lead to win the Chicago Bears’ kicking job throughout much of training camp, and he is now another step closer.
The Bears waived kicker Elliott Fry on Sunday, which means Pineiro is currently the only kicker remaining on their roster.
The Bears still have time to bring in another kicker before the regular season, and it would not be a surprise if they did that. Pineiro and Fry had been alternating kicker days during during camp, and Pineiro’s performance was more consistent.
Chicago is in desperate need of stability at kicker after Cody Parkey missed several key kicks last season, the most crucial of which wasn’t entirely his fault but ended the Bears’ season. Parkey, who was released not long after the season ended, made just 9-of-13 kicks from 40-49 yards in 2018. The Bears brought in several kickers during their rookie camp that were not impressive, but it’s possible they feel they have seen enough from Pineiro.
The kicker competition with the Chicago Bears is being watched closely this offseason after the struggles the team had at the position last year, and Eddy Pineiro may have the upper hand with roughly a month to go until Week 1.
The Bears had been alternating kicker days during training camp between Pineiro and Elliott Fry, but they had the two go head-to-head over the weekend at Soldier Field. Pineiro seemed to handle it best, as he drilled all 12 of his kicks and hit a 60-yarder that Fry missed. As Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times notes, the nearly 19,000 fans in attendance let out a big roar when Pineiro hit from 60 yards.
“Maybe I’m crazy, [but] I think they’re doing decent,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy said of the competition. “It’s not the game, but they’re doing pretty good.”
Chicago is in desperate need of stability at kicker after Cody Parkey missed several key kicks last season, the most crucial of which wasn’t entirely his fault but ended the Bears’ season. Parkey, who was released not long after the season ended, made just 9-of-13 kicks from 40-49 yards in 2018. The Bears brought in several kickers during their rookie camp that were not impressive, and it’s possible they could still sign another veteran before Week 1. For now, it’s up to Pineiro or Fry to impress the coaching staff, and it sounds like Pineiro is off to a better start in training camp.
The Oakland Raiders have already made a big decision about their kicker for the upcoming season.
The Raiders have waived kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, as first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlkin. The news means the Raiders like rookie Eddy Pineiro for the starting job.
Tavecchio went just 16-for-21 on his field goal attempts last season, which falls below what NFL teams want out of their kicker. He was chosen by the Raiders to replace Sebastian Janikowski last year. It was the 28-year-old’s first career NFL regular season action after years on practice squads.
Pineiro likely winning the job isn’t necessarily a surprise, but what is surprising is the timing of Tavecchio being cut. The move not only came very early in camp, but also on a day when Tavecchio mostly kicked well, according to Gehlken.
Pineiro was an 88-percent kicker at Florida, and known for his strong leg.
Veteran Mike Nugent has also been added to compete with Pineiro.