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.
Asked Eddy Pineiro directly if he wanted to be on the left hash for the final game-deciding kick Sunday. He said that was not his preferred spot.
(Pineiro immediately felt very bad for saying that out loud. But man …)
Wiederer noted that Pineiro immediately expressed regret for making that admission, and other reporters did not feel he was trying to make excuses.
Bears K Eddy Piñeiro not making excuses at all today, but when pressed, he says we would’ve liked the ball centered for that final FG (Bears kneeled on left hash). After talking to reporters, though, he backtracked and said left hash was a good spot.
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.
“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.
So who stood out and who fell short? Here are ten big disappointments from NFL Week 8.
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.
Bears K Eddy Piñeiro says he pinched a nerve in his knee and was determined to play through pain. He struggled to keep his leg locked properly, he said.
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.
“You think about everything that happened. All the games last year that were kind of like close. Especially that playoff game & you put that pressure on that guy. Eddie P. The birthday man. He came out & nailed that mother F*cker. F*ck. That’s how you play ball man"- Khalil Mack
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.
Good Lord there's been some HORRIBLE calls in this Broncos-Bears game… Chubb was flagged for "roughing the passer" on this play…. pic.twitter.com/WiRb9XD3K8
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.
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.