Say what you want about Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his questionable start to the 2019 season as a play-caller, but no one can argue his intensity and passion for the game. He's all-in, fully invested in this team and their quest for a Super Bowl, and he wore his emotions on his sleeve in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
History suggests teams that start a season 0-2 have about a 10% chance of making the playoffs. That's why Sunday's game was so important; if the Bears lost, and dropped to 0-2, the odds would've been stacked against another appearance in the post-season. And if that happens, calling the 2019 season a letdown would be a massive understatement.
So, yeah, emotions ran high after Eddy Pineiro connected on the game-winner as time expired. Count Nagy among the many who let his passion flow after the kick went through the uprights.
Who would've guessed that the star of the Chicago Bears after two weeks of the 2019 NFL season would be the kicker?
It's almost as if the Bears can't escape the one position that usually gets the least attention unless, of course, they miss a game-winner in a playoff game.
Ever since Cody Parkey's double-doink disaster in last year's wild-card loss to the Eagles, Chicago has fielded questions about who his replacement would be for 2019. It took a lot longer than expected to get the answer, but Eddy Pineiro won the Bears' much-publicized kicker competition and now, after Week 2's win over the Broncos, has become a folk hero in Chicago.
His 53-yard game-winner has thrust him into quasi-superstardom. Even Deion Sanders wants to talk to him. Check it out: