It’s been a few days since the Chicago Bears made Eddy Pineiro the sole kicker on the roster with the release of Elliot Fry this past weekend. While many will equate this move with management’s anointment of Pineiro as the Bears kicker this season, we still need to take the next few weeks to let this scenario play itself out. It shouldn’t be surprising Pineiro was the choice over Fry. Jamie Kohl, who was brought on as a kicking coach/consultant this offseason, has had success in developing some of the top NFL kickers the past few years. Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins, and Jake Eliot of the Philadelphia Eagles are a few of the more recent kickers who benefited from Kohl and his staff. Even recent training camp heart throb who was atop many a fan’s wish list, Kaare Vedvik was a part of the golden leg group to grace Kohl’s Kicking Academy. Yes, you guessed it, Eddy Pineiro worked with Kohl before the Bears sent a conditional 7th rounder to the Oakland Raiders for him. Of Pineiro and Fry, it was obvious to many who attended training camp that Eddy P. possesses the bigger leg. In the changing elements of Soldier Field, a big leg is a must have for any Bears kicker. Now that he will get all the reps in practice and the remaining preseason games, Pineiro will get a chance to prove his accuracy is where it needs to be to secure the kicking position. Or, it could very well be that the Bears kicker is on another team’s roster. The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both have kicking competitions with veterans and rookies. Graham Gano and Joey Slye in Carolina and Cairo Santos and Matt Gay in Tampa Bay hold some possibility for the Bears (well, not Santos. We went down that road with John Fox). As it stands, Pineiro is in the drivers seat in Chicago. Lets hope he can show out these next few weeks (hell and this season) and put the ghost of Robbie Gould to bed.

Meanwhile in Las Vegas…the news pouring out is that in spite of conflicting national reports about the growth of Mitchell Trubisky, fans and gamblers alike are laying down a high volume of bets on the Bears to win the Super Bowl. Bleacher Report’s Paul Kasabian reported that the Caesar’s Sportsbook has taken more bets on the Bears to win the Super Bowl than any other team thus far. While a high number of those bets are from excited and optimistic fans, you have to think there are some professionals who like what they see and hear coming out of Bears camp so far. At 12-1, the Bears rank behind only the Chiefs and Patriots, but also share the same odds with the Colts, Saints, Rams, and Eagles. Keep your January calendar clear Bears fans, but lets wait a bit before we make any non-refundable deposits.

Finally, a national reporter wrote a story about Mitchell Trubisky and his progress this training camp without misquoting Matt Nagy or taking his words out of context. Terez Paylor or Yahoo Sports posted an article today on the Bears, Trubisky’s development, and Nagy’s thoughts and I’ll be damned if he didn’t paint the entire picture of Trubisky’s performance in camp. Nagy stated that he already “knows what Mitch does well. So the only way for him to grow is to push through the discomfort of making mistakes in practice.” When asked if he gets frustrated by Mitch’s mistakes, Nagy responded calmly, with “No, because this is all a part of the learning process.” All the people quick to criticize and critique Mitch’s camp performance thus far, are doing so without the full understanding of what Nagy, Mark Helfrich, and Dave Ragone are asking Mitch to do on any given play. Growth comes failure, is a part of failure, and quite honestly, can’t happen without failure. Matt Nagy knows that his defense is going to give Trubisky and the offense more fits than several of their opponents this season. In having them blitz, disguise coverages, and throw exotic looks at the offense, Nagy is setting up his offense to thrive this season. Nagy is a calculated, highly intelligent coach with a visionary mindset, who has coached under like-minded men AND surrounded himself with like-minded men. Prepare for this season to be like no-other in Bears history. Yes, even the magical 1985 season is included in that statement. This team is going to emotionally take the fans places many of us have never felt for a Bears team. 1985 and 2006 are both near and dear to many of us, but the 2019-20 Bears are going to #chasegreat all the way to Miami and Hard Rock Stadium. There, they will reward the fans who have stood by them, in addition to those who laid down some cash, with a Super Bowl title.