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The search is over: Eddy Pineiro will officially be the Bears' kicker for Week 1

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The search is over: Eddy Pineiro will officially be the Bears' kicker for Week 1

It's official: Eddy Pineiro is the Bears' Week 1 kicker. 

Talking with media at Halas Hall on Sunday afternoon, Bears' head coach Matt Nagy confirmed that they were going with Pineiro:

"We feel like he certainly earned it," Nagy added. "He made it through a lot of mental challenges, physical challenges, working through the highs and lows. Obviously no one wants to miss an extra point in the game that he did – it wasn't a good miss, he missed it to the left pretty good. But he rebounded, and I think that's what, as we go here, you want everybody to be perfect. Is that going to happen? Realistically, probably not. So how do I balance it? And how do we balance it as a staff as we move forward?

"It'll be fun to watch. It'll be interesting to see how he handles it, but he deserves it."

Pineiro beat out Elliot Fry, among others, to earn the job, and strong performances in the final two preseason games convinced the Bears that a Labor Day waiver wire pickup wasn't needed. In particular, Pineiro's 3-3 performance against the Titans – after starting the night with a missed extra point – showed the Bears exactly what they were looking for. 

"What I thought was pretty powerful is that he came back and made the next kick and then made two more after that," Nagy said on Thursday night. "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."

Talking with reporters before Sunday's practice, Pineiro admitted that it was a relief to get this whole thing behind him.

"It’s a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders," he said. "Excited to be the guy. And this organization believes in me, and giving me a shot to be where I’m at. Just want to make them happy."

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.