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Play-calling data shows Bears head coach Matt Nagy was level-headed

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Play-calling data shows Bears head coach Matt Nagy was level-headed

Matt Nagy isn’t afraid to show some emotion on the sidelines to galvanize his players or match their intensity.

But when it comes to his play-calling tendencies, he doesn’t seem to be too affected by the ups and downs in the game.

The analytics company Sports Info Solutions looked at every offense’s reactive play-calling from last season, and the numbers show Nagy didn’t let big positive or negative plays influence his next decisions.

Some of the sample sizes are small — the “N =” shows the number of plays for each category —but Nagy didn’t deviate far from the average for each situation, represented by the black lines in each column.

Overall, Nagy called runs on 54.4 percent of his first down plays, not far above the NFL average of 51.1 percent.

The data from SIS shows he wouldn’t get too conservative after a negative play or complete forget about the running game after a positive play.

Nagy’s consistency can help keep the team grounded when they need to be, a nice balance to the energy he brings with the headset on.

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Kicker Eddy Piñeiro named NFC special teams player of the week after Denver win

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Kicker Eddy Piñeiro named NFC special teams player of the week after Denver win

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bears' kicker Eddy Piñeiro was named NFC special teams player of the week today. 

This probably had something to do with it: 

Piñeiro's Sunday in Denver also included makes from 40 and 52. He's now 4-4 on FG attempts on the year, and is the only kicker in the NFL who has a 100% completion rate from 50+ yards (2/2). 

Per a Bears press released, Sunday was marked the first time a Bears kicker made two 50+ yard field goals in the same game since Week 12 of the 2011 season at the Raiders.

Bears offensive line stonewalled Von Miller in Week 2

Bears offensive line stonewalled Von Miller in Week 2

Denver Broncos superstar pass-rusher Von Miller is one of the most feared defenders in the NFL. He can single-handedly destroy an offense's gameplan, and in Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears, it was up to Charles Leno and Bobby Massie to make sure he didn't make a game-changing sack of Mitch Trubisky.

Mission accomplished.

The Bears' offensive line wasn't perfect in Denver, but they checked one of the biggest boxes of the week by keeping Miller away from Trubisky all afternoon. According to Pro Football Focus, Miller made no impact -- literally none -- as a pass rusher.

Miller entered the 2019 season with five-straight seasons of double-digit sacks, including 14.5 in 2018. His rare talent, combined with the defensive genius of Vic Fangio, appeared like a mission-impossible in Week 2. But Leno and Massie answered the call in dominant fashion. They both finished the game with top-10 grades on Chicago's offense, per PFF.

To be fair, Miller registered an elite grade against the run in Week 2, but his 49.3 pass-rush grade was the worst on the Broncos defense. You read that right; Miller was Denver's worst pass-rusher Sunday.

Kudos to Leno and Massie for a job well done.