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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:13 pm 
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VeritasSteel wrote:
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“Asked about leaving a productive career on the table, Bell cited his favorite player growing up, Barry Sanders, who retired with good years left in his legs.

Sanders played 10 years. Bell has played five. The years are irrelevant, Bell said.

"It's about leaving a legacy. People will always remember what you did," Bell said. "That's why I run the way I run. I feel like I wanted to run differently than everybody else did. And I want to do things that everybody else hasn't done. That's how I've envisioned everything going forward."


If Bell retired after this season he’d be an afterthought in three years.... He’s really ALREADY thinking he’s earned Sanders ‘legacy’.

Laughable.


First of all, he never said anything about currently achieving any sort of legacy compared to Sanders. He used him as the model for his career. And let's be real Bell has done things at the RB position that have created a statistical legacy that has not been done before by anyone- including Sanders. The only thing he hasn't done is perform well in the playoff well enough for the Steelers to win the SB. Bell is a rare star and if he proves his worth in getting us a trophy- he will be paid handsomely and some of you guys will have to get over that.


Get over that..?

Man are you completely missing the mark when considering how vested I am in regard to Bell. If he got the largest contract in NFL history I’d think ‘good for him’ but at the same time if he died in a car accident I’d think, ‘gosh..so sad’ and ten minutes after either thought wouldn’t waste time thinking about it again.

Are we up to ‘second of all’ ? Legacy? ....this tool has left breadcrumbs toward a legacy and you’d be foolish to argue, despite stats, that he wouldn’t be an afterthought in three years if he quit (although banned is more likely) today.

Despite his obvious talent and currently being a Steelers player Bell (off the field) makes it difficult to root for him. I’d give two-shits if he retired....and after an offseason everybody would be thinking the same as me.


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:21 pm 
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VeritasSteel wrote:
Orlaco wrote:
Left out of the OP’s post..

“Asked about leaving a productive career on the table, Bell cited his favorite player growing up, Barry Sanders, who retired with good years left in his legs.

Sanders played 10 years. Bell has played five. The years are irrelevant, Bell said.

"It's about leaving a legacy. People will always remember what you did," Bell said. "That's why I run the way I run. I feel like I wanted to run differently than everybody else did. And I want to do things that everybody else hasn't done. That's how I've envisioned everything going forward."


If Bell retired after this season he’d be an afterthought in three years.... He’s really ALREADY thinking he’s earned Sanders ‘legacy’.

Laughable.


First of all, he never said anything about currently achieving any sort of legacy compared to Sanders. He used him as the model for his career. And let's be real Bell has done things at the RB position that have created a statistical legacy that has not been done before by anyone- including Sanders. The only thing he hasn't done is perform well in the playoff well enough for the Steelers to win the SB. Bell is a rare star and if he proves his worth in getting us a trophy- he will be paid handsomely and some of you guys will have to get over that.

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I think the current rookie class' success this year proves that productive rbs can be found in the draft for a lot less than 14+ mill per year. Like drugs, just say NO! Let him retire!


Stop it with the trash heap RB stuff- Ben is only Ben because he doesn't have 6 dudes in his face every third and 6+ and that's because of the threat of Bell. If Ben retires next year- a trained howler monkey could get this team to the playoffs giving the ball to Bell and throwing into single coverage to Brown. No one in the league is on Bell's planet- no rookie, no one- not even Elliot.


Tell me - if Saquan Barkley of Penn state was available when we pick in the draft, you wouldn't let Bell walk and pick him? I'll just call bullshit right now! Either that or you'd be fucking insane. Barkley on a 4 or 5 year contract would cost you half of what Bell wants for 2 or perhaps 3 years. I don't think rb production would fall off with Ben handing the ball off to Barkley. In fact, I bet it would be improved! I know there is no way we will find out, but I don't think it takes much imagination. Barkley has as much power as Bell, if not more, can catch the ball equally well, and has a gear that Bell can only dream of. Bell is a great rb, don't get me wrong, but 15-18+ mill per year would be insane to pay for the rb position


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:44 pm 
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Last offseason I posted a topic where I broke down DeAngelo Williams production as a starter in this offense and compared it to what Bell had did as a starter. The results of all of my research? The offense was more productive with Williams surprisingly. They scored more points. So, why was that exactly?

Well, I love me a multidimensional RB who can run, block and catch. Somebody you don't have to take out for a specialist or a platoon of RBs. Love watching Bell play, love watching him catch the ball, but EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!!!

I am fine with a RB catching 60 balls a year, but when you are catching 85 in a year, when you are being targeted so much, that you have more targets than ALL of the TEs combined, when you are targeted more than somebody like Smith-Schuster, well, that starts to become a problem.

If I am a defense I want the Steelers to spend precious targets throwing to Bell, why not give up short underneath passes at 7.7 yards a clip this past season? And Bell only had 2 TD receiving for the year.

The more time this offense squanders opportunities forcing it to Bell, means JuJu gets less chances, means Vance McDonald gets less chances, means Bryant gets less chances.

When I saw the offense with Williams as the RB, Ben/Haley were more willing to involve everybody on offense, to take advantage of all of the weapons. With Bell, it is like they get enamored with his talent and then develop this myopic tunnel vision that actually limits the offense.

Also, this past year showed that it is easier than ever to find a RB who can run and catch. You can find a RB with Bell's versatility in rounds 2 and 3 each and every year. He is that replaceable.

The Saints Kamara as a rookie, rushed for over 700 yards, a 6.1 yard average, 8 TDs and oh, had 81 catches for 826 yards and 5 TDs, that is 10.1 yards a catch. He was a 3rd round pick.

Everybody knows about Kareem Hunt for KC, he was a 3rd rounder too.

Minnesota's Dalvin Cook was a 2nd rounder and before he got hurt he looked to have great potential to be part of this renaissance of great runner/catcher that are in the NFL now. Bell is not unique, there was a dry spell, everything follows a cycle, now that type of RB is back and plentiful.

It would be stupid to pay Bell what he wants when, yeah, that type of RB really does grow on trees apparently, and teams are plucking from that tree every year now.

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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:46 pm 
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I don’t know about top three or not. All I know is that if it is 3rd down and less than five in an important moment, there are few guys I want getting the ball over Bell.


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
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Don’t know if true, but would guess his rate stats are hurt a bit by the slow start.


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:54 pm 
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So basically he says he's optimistic he won't have to make a decision to sit out, but that he doesn't need the sport since he's made money already so he's only going to play if he gets what he thinks he's worth.

I really don't see anything inflammatory about this. In fact, good for him.

In other discussion players say and fans repeat "it's a violent sport, they know the risks". Now people want to bash Bell for suggesting basically that, he knows the risks, and is only going to play for whatever value he thinks the risks, of say 400 touches, are.

I could act macho and judge him for not playing "for the love of the game". But it's easier to say that when it isn't my brain and body on the line.


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:56 pm 
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fortythree wrote:
Logic says neither of those things will happen.

Non-story.

Logic plays no part in the NFL. Between agents and their clients logic is lost in translation. I hope Tombert and Bell work it out. It is SBI.

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I’m trying to win a super bowl...I can care less about what happens after this season...my biggest thing I’m focused on is this team I’m on right now, playing for/with my brothers, & bringing back a 7th ring! what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals https://twitter.com/L_Bell26/status/951599654017421314

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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:17 pm 
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VeritasSteel wrote:
Orlaco wrote:
Left out of the OP’s post..

“Asked about leaving a productive career on the table, Bell cited his favorite player growing up, Barry Sanders, who retired with good years left in his legs.

Sanders played 10 years. Bell has played five. The years are irrelevant, Bell said.

"It's about leaving a legacy. People will always remember what you did," Bell said. "That's why I run the way I run. I feel like I wanted to run differently than everybody else did. And I want to do things that everybody else hasn't done. That's how I've envisioned everything going forward."


If Bell retired after this season he’d be an afterthought in three years.... He’s really ALREADY thinking he’s earned Sanders ‘legacy’.

Laughable.




First of all, he never said anything about currently achieving any sort of legacy compared to Sanders. He used him as the model for his career. And let's be real Bell has done things at the RB position that have created a statistical legacy that has not been done before by anyone- including Sanders. The only thing he hasn't done is perform well in the playoff well enough for the Steelers to win the SB. Bell is a rare star and if he proves his worth in getting us a trophy- he will be paid handsomely and some of you guys will have to get over tha

alancac98 wrote:
I think the current rookie class' success this year proves that productive rbs can be found in the draft for a lot less than 14+ mill per year. Like drugs, just say NO! Let him retire!


Stop it with the trash heap RB stuff- Ben is only Ben because he doesn't have 6 dudes in his face every third and 6+ and that's because of the threat of Bell. If Ben retires next year- a trained howler monkey could get this team to the playoffs giving the ball to Bell and throwing into single coverage to Brown. No one in the league is on Bell's planet- no rookie, no one- not even Elliot.


You’re out of your mind. Take off the blinders.

Bell’s planet? Yet he has no breakaway speed at all.

This is the first time he hasn’t been injured at this point in the season right?


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:39 pm 
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LakecrestSteeler wrote:
If he is tagged he is guaranteed to play! Why? Because if he is tagged for the 3rd year he gets QB pay. He and PS are over a barrel. No way he skips a year and collects nothing, versus collecting franchise tag plus 20%, with the guarantee of hitting free agency or collecting QB money the following season.

He and his agent are not that smart I suspect. Am I missing something?


No way he sits out...please read above. Any flaws in this line of thought?


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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:40 pm 
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He did pretty well in the playoffs last year until the injury. Like, franchise history well. So, we have a couple of injuries that turn out not to be, a few random distractions, bulletin board material for two teams. You're supposed to approach playoff games with the same routine as the regular season, right?


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