Bears’ Matt Nagy likes how Eddy Pineiro reacted to missed PAT
The Chicago Bears have had an eight-month-long search for the perfect kicker ever since losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs. While they have still not found their starting kicker, Matt Nagy is liking what Eddy Pineiro has to offer.
Pineiro, who has so far impressed with his kicking, made an ugly miss during his first kick attempt against the Tennessee Titans. The ball flew left of the posts so much that it missed the net that was pulled up to catch it.
Hearts sank in the Chicago sideline, and fans had flashbacks of Cody Parkey’s 43-yard miss. However, head coach Matt Nagy wasn’t fully discouraged with what he saw from the rookie kicker.
He shared with Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune that there are still a few days before they finalize their roster. Despite the miss, he liked how Pineiro approached the next kicks he had:
“We’re going to continue to work through it right now,” Nagy said. “We have a couple days here (to decide). Part of that answer right now, from what I’ve seen, is I’ve liked what I’ve seen.
“He comes out and he misses that extra point. Right away, we all (did) one of those deals of, ‘Here we go again.’ But what I thought was pretty powerful was that he came back and made the next kick. And then made two more after that. We talk about it’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. I like the fact that he came back and made those.”
NFL players live in high-pressure situations, and kickers have one of the most intimidating positions to play when it matters. Pineiro’s approach after that horrible miss got him extra brownie points with Nagy and (hopefully) a full-time NFL contract.