Bears Won't Seek New Kicker After Pineiro's Struggles

Eddy Pineiro missed a pair of field-goal attempts in a 17-7 loss to the Rams.

Chris Emma
November 18, 2019 - 12:43 am

LOS ANGELES (670 The Score) -- The Bears don't plan to explore options for a replacement at kicker, coach Matt Nagy said after Eddy Pineiro missed two field-goal attempts in the team's 17-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old Pineiro missed from 48 and 47 yards out during the first quarter. He later hit an extra point kick. He's 12-for-17 on field-goal attempts this season.

"You want to see field goals made," Nagy said. "We all want to see that. He knows that."

While Nagy offered his support for Pineiro, it was also clear in the first quarter that his faith is fading.

After Pineiro's first miss went wide left from 48 yards out, the Bears faced a fourth-and-9 from the Rams' 31-yard line and elected to go for it instead of attempting a 49-yard field goal. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's pass to receiver Taylor Gabriel was dropped, and the Bears turned the ball over on downs.

Nagy turned to Pineiro later in the quarter on a 47-yard field-goal attempt, but it missed wide right.

"Just missed it," Pineiro told reporters after the game.

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Pineiro's pair of misses came in his first field-goal attempts since Oct. 27, when he missed the potential game-winning field-goal attempt as time expired in a loss to the Chargers.

The Bears named Pineiro their kicker in early September after an exhaustive search this past offseason brought in many kickers on tryouts. Pineiro replaced Cody Parkey, who was released by the Bears in March after a turbulent 2018 season with the team.

Should the Bears decide to explore alternatives at kicker, potential workouts would take place Tuesday at Halas Hall.

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