Whoops ... Bears Kicker Eddy Pineiro Let One Slip

Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro admits he wanted the ball downed Sunday in the center of the field so he could kick from the middle with the wind blowing from right to left.
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This decision by Bears coach Matt Nagy to accept a short loss and down the ball for Eddy Pineiro's 41-yard field goal has taken on a life of its own.

Normally such talk ends the day after the game, but Pineiro unwittingly threw gasoline on the fire Tuesday when he gave out some information about the play under questioning from a reporter in the locker room that made the entire fiasco seem doubley stupid.

Nagy has received criticism for taking a 2-yard loss instead of trying to go closer on first down, second down and even third down for Pineiro to kick. He let the clock run down from 43 seconds to kick on the last play on second down.

"I would do it again a thousand times," Nagy said.

Maybe just not 1,000 times at the same spot on the field? Pineiro had to kick from the left hash, and with the wind blowing off Lake Michigan from right to left around 10-12 mph, it made the kick more difficult.

Pineiro was asked by the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer in Tuesday's open locker room at Halas Hall what he was trying to do in terms of positioning before the last kick.

"Just the aiming points," Pineiro said. "I mean, the left hash is going to be a different kick than the right hash, and it's going to be a different kick in the middle. So. ..."

Asked if he wanted to kick from the left hash mark, Pineiro said: "Um, no, I didn't, but it is what it is."

Asked where he would have preferred it, Pineiro gave a sigh and said, "You just got me on that one."

He was a little less cooperative when asked if the center was the ideal spot for him on the kick.

"I guess, I don't know," Pineiro said.

Nagy was questioned about the decision in two straight press conferences.   

His reasoning was that a fumble could lose the game or a penalty, sack or tackle for loss could make the kick come from an even greater distance.

It seemed exactly like the decision Marc Trestman made in 2013 with a playoff berth on the line in Minneapolis when he chose to kick a 47-yard field goal on second down instead of trying to move it closer for Robbie Gould. 

The miss by Gould and the loss ended up being huge because the Bears lost the division title in the regular-season finale to Green Bay and with a win against Minnesota that game with the Packers wouldn't have meant anything.

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