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Tomlin Liked Bell’s Effort Sunday From a Conditioning Standpoint


At 0-4 the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have much to be excited about, but at least rookie running back Le’Veon Bell had a positive showing in his NFL debut in the Sunday loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Bell, who had been sidelined since the second preseason game with a sprained foot, started the game in London and contributed 84 total yards of offense on 16 carries and four receptions.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing is the fact the Michigan State product did not have any negative yardage plays the 20 times that he touched the football.

Bell also scored two rushing touchdowns in the game which now give the Steelers two for the season.

“I’ll look at the tape,” head coach Mike Tomlin said following the game when asked if he got what he was looking for out of Bell in his debut. “Obviously, I thought he gave us a good effort from a conditioning standpoint. For a guy who hadn’t played a lot of football, to absorb the number of snaps that he did was positive, but in terms of evaluating his play with a fine tooth comb, I’ll do that at the appropriate time.”

The Steelers have a bye next week and that will give Bell a few more weeks to get that right foot of his even stronger. At one point during the game Sunday he needed that foot examined, but the doctors cleared him to return to action.

The Steelers drafted Bell in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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  • RedCarpetDefense

    Bell just made Redman, Dwyer and F. Jones expendable. Not like they weren’t all along. If this game is a prelude to his ability as a RB, things are definitely looking up. Would like to see him and W. Johnson on the field together more on running plays.

  • Chad H

    Coach why do and your coaching staff suck.
    Mike: The standard is the standard.
    What to you mean?
    Mike: We have a standard that starts with all coaches. We set that standard low then if we exceed the standard we win as a team.
    Say what?
    Mike: What!
    OK moving on. What did you learn from this game?
    Mike: We have to play better football.
    Really?
    Mike: Really, I wouldn’t lie to you.

  • RW

    For all of the positive things we heard about Will Johnson all offseason, his name hasn’t been called too many times. I keep hearing things like “Haley called a good game” and “Haley isn’t the problem”, and while I agree to a large extent, he is a fool for not getting his playmakers out there. Antonio Brown is carrying this team on his back. Hopefully Bell will take some of the pressure off.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    On a different note I think Johnny Manziel would be a god pick for us in next year’s draft. He can extend the play, doesn’t get sacked a bunch, as good a runner he is he always looks to throw downfield, great pocket awareness as rushers are close he mirrors his blockers well keeping them between him and the rusher, good arm, accurate, wins in big games, knows to score often having to play with a bad defense.

  • RASTA

    Agreed. One of the worst coached football teams in the league right now. Just look at Tomlin’s mastery of the end of the half game clock and subsequent plays…or Haley once again substituting in a hurry up so we can’t get another positive at off in the 3rd…wtf!!?? Go Steelers, but please take the coaches and the friggin whiff-king Adams with you

  • Fritz Baughman

    Good god. Yea, let’s draft a 6′ tall mini QB who also has major character issues. I think we’ve seen before that his type does not last in the NFL. Eric Crouch, Tim Tebow, blah blah blah. Now, go to bed.

  • Chad H

    Dude read his comment again. He was joking and making fun of the o-line.

  • Lee Pettigrew

    This is a terribly coached team. Mike Tomlin has set a very low bar. His standard is substandard. And everyone, including the two “daves” are too chicken shit to ask the tough questions. Everyone is concerned about staying in the Steelers good graces. The news conferences are like Kennedy tea parties. No question could pierce a kleenex. Get to work.

  • Nolrog

    Tim Tebow doesn’t have character issues. He’s a rock solid character guy. He doens’t have talent, but he’s certainly not a character issue guy.

  • rizzo29

    Tomlin was along for the ride when he became coach during the Super Bowl runs now that the talent he inherited is older and gone his coaching abilities are showing or should I say lack there of.Colbert does share some of the blame,but it falls on the coach,thank’s buddy for turning this team into a joke

  • RW

    Yeah he took over a talented team, but better coaches have ruined more talented teams before. Give the man some credit for bringing them to two super bowls and playoff appearances in almost every year he’s been here. I’m not saying he’s doing a good job right now, but whether you’d like to face facts or not, this team is in rebuilding mode.

  • Mike Machi

    Join us at Fire Mike Tomlin Facebook group

  • rizzo29

    Like i said he was there for the ride the team ran itself during those runs he just needed to stay out of the way,he,s average at best

  • T R

    Join us at a ignore your foolish comments…

  • T R

    so why is everyone talking fire Mike Tomlin.. Why yall not saying fire Dick LeBeau.. cause it was the defense that lost that game.. .you know why because yall are foolish… The coaches cannot make players execute the plays like they should they can only tell them what they should be doing.. its their jobs to execute… Miss tackles, miss reads, not catching intereceptions.. not falling on fumbles when they are at you feet. Thats the problems.. EXECUTION.. not the coaches..

  • rizzo29

    Head Coach put,s those player,s on the field

  • Mike.H

    – Each of the four losses were winnable.
    — Each game had 1 or 2 turkey players that blew the outcome.
    — Freakier things have happened —
    — 2013 AFC North division winner might have a 7-9 / 8-8 record & no wild card chances need be considered.

  • T R

    He can only play with what the General Manager gives him. and he puts the best players out there he got… did he not put the best players out there on our team.. and none of them made plays they should..

  • Mike.H

    [ clears throat ]… we’ll unleash hell after the BYE week.
    [ clears throat again ]… you have a good day, sir.

  • rizzo29

    So what your saying is he has no input on who this team draft,s or signs

  • TheStandard?

    Dick LeBeau should be getting ready for retirement soon too, but ultimately Tomlin is the head coach and he has to be held accountable. A coach is supposed to bring out the best in his team. Tomlin talks a good game, but in the end the team is playing like a chaotic mess and that all starts at the top. Can you honestly tell me if Belichick was coaching this same team that they would be 0-4? Even without Brady the Pats still finished 11-5. That’s coaching.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The defense just allowed 37 points and you are still mad at Haley whose offense put up 34 points with no turnovers or short fields giving to us by ST’s. You are well focused.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Look at Adams 76 on this play. This guys shouldn’t even be on the field. This is an epic failure from camp that no one noticed this tragedy of a player and actually made him a starter. The game is won on both lines and today we lost both of those.

  • T R

    Its GMs and Owner that let Arians go, Lewis, Wallace, and many ohters that we dont have the money to keep because of Salary cap that Tomlin has nothing to do with. Its many coaches involved with the drafts and signs.

  • RW

    1) That wasn’t the score of the game. 2) I said that I agree that he isn’t the problem to a large extent, but that he should get more of his playmakers involved. 3) I was responding to the original post, which had nothing to do with defense or special teams. You ought to reconsider who is well focused and who isn’t.

  • Mike Carroll

    Refreshing to see an NFL-caliber RB take the field for the Steelers for the first time in two years.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was focused on your comment stating that ” I keep hearing things like “Haley called a good game” and “Haley isn’t the problem”, and while I agree to a large extent, he is a fool for not getting his playmakers out there” that is your statement. you did try to minimize but you are putting blame on Haley where there should be none due to the amount of points put up by the offense. This team shouldn’t have to put up that many points to win.

  • marcus

    lol, that is funny

  • Mike Carroll

    Thank you! The defense STUNK today. And they gave up 17 points on the Bears first 3 drives last week (and only one was a short field, from the Steeler 17).

    But you’re numbers are slightly off today. Final 34-27.

  • marcus

    not true, his coaching is exposed. Remember what clark said, in the past we had veterans who relied upon themselves to turn things around. They are no longer there and now he has to coach and its showing , he doesn’t have that ability. There is only so much of that gobble gook he spills out, we as fans can take. The standard is not the standard, because he did not put one in place and actions speak louder than words.

  • Chad H

    Bingo I have been saying the same thing.
    People argue by saying look at his record. We are not denying the record. Just saying he was riding the wave and now that wave has crashed. Now can he coach and turn this around? Hell no now we see what he is about last year and running into this year.
    He is not a leader!

  • Mike Carroll

    Can 5-11 win the North this year?

  • marcus

    no one is say fire dick, because this is probably his last year and they want to see him retire as a steeler. but I totally agree with you, the defense totally played like garbage. I don’t understand the reasoning of CB playing ten yards off a receiver, and each team we played has been exposed that thinking.

  • Mike Carroll

    LOL. Thanks.

  • RW

    All I did was suggest that he should utilize his best players. And welcome to today’s NFL. 27 points may not cut it from week to week; did you see the Broncos play today?

  • T R

    LOL @ right… i think we could compete then..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    not sure how I messed up the numbers…must still be screwed up by the lose today…lol

  • RW

    A team cannot “run itself”.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Haley could be better but if you ask Manning who is playing at a high level he too will tell you he left points on the field. Haley isn’t the best OC but my thought is more on putting the problem where it should be. Haley’s play calling I thought was actually really good today but I too would like to see him utilize some of his other tools but if we were going to look at past year 27 points in a game would win about 13 games a year for us.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Getting so sick of “Steeler Nation” calling for coaches and players heads after a few losses. Let’s make this clear. There are some very talented rookies and 2nd/3rd year players on this team. They need time and reps to get better. Get over it, not everyone the Steelers draft is going to become a pro bowler over night

  • RW

    It’s a new game; rules are new and allow for higher scoring. 27 points won’t cut it anymore.

  • RW

    Thank you for saying this.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I looked up last years games and if the Steelers scored 27 points we would have won 12 lost 3 and tied 1. Will not cut it in the NFL. Sorry I am being a dumbass just fustrated over my beloved Steelers.

  • Jeff

    The only bright spot to the season so far is that Jones, Bell and Wheaton have looked good. Other than that, it’s been bad, very bad. Do they have child abuse laws in England? If so, someone should report Jared Allen for the abuse he bestowed on that child, Mike Adams, who was dressed in a Steeler uniform.

  • Pete

    They know what they have. Fans want rookies to be immediate pro bowl players. The coaches decided to bite the bullet and have these guys develop. Adams had something like all of 9 games under his belt as a rookie. No doubt he can’t yet handle top outside rushers but he has been given time to develop. There’s a reason they never brought back Starks who would’ve done a better job immediately. They want to give these young guys snaps and a chance to grow.

  • Pete

    Agreed.

  • Brandon Andrews

    when do we start to look @ lebeau

  • WilliamSekinger

    Never. He’s a legend and therefore untouchable. We should however start looking at unreasonable fans and their delusional expectations….

  • Pete

    Totally agree. The defense got gouged. Peterson 140 yds? That wouldn’t happen with Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton. These guys have to get back to focusing on stopping the run. Vikings dropped 34 points on them and Chicago scored 40. That’s not good defense. Plus, how many sacks does Ben give up because he holds the ball too long or does not throw it away when there’s nothing. On one play I counted 5 seconds that he held the ball.

  • RW

    Look, I’m not saying that I don’t agree that the defense is at fault for our recent woes, but: 1) total points don’t tell the whole story and 2) we have the weapons to score this many points every week and don’t. If we could get out to a lead early, the defense might be able to play more aggressively.

  • RASTA

    We are already over a few losses just this season, how many would you like the fans to forget about to close out last season too? Go Steelers

  • Shannon Stephenson

    True, total points do not. Haley can be handcuffed as well when you have a porous OL like we do but he also has to be able to adjust. I feel that the offense is getting better which is why I took offense to your first comment. The problem to me seems to be LeBeau cannot hide the fact that we a poor defense and teams are now picking it apart.

  • Rick Rogers

    You are obviously not a Steelers fan. The steelers would NEVER draft Johnny M. Not ever. Not in 10 lifetimes. Not if he were the player in the draft. You, sir, are not thinking clearly.

  • Mike.H

    Jarvis had 1 tackle. Cam Heyward was batting down passes and coaches rotate him out of the lineup [ per other steeler fan's blogs, not mine ].

    Related note: Sean Lee@ SD game today had 15 solo tackles, 3 assists and one INT return for TD. [ clears throat ]… there you go, front office.

  • Richard Edlin

    Well, speaking for myself I am very glad that thank has a friend.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’m not making excuses for Adams. He had a terrible terrible game. But keep in mind that Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel have both looked bad so far this year as well.

  • Richard Edlin

    Good point. Adams should be better & hopefully will be better. Given the way the season has gone, should we focus on giving these guys experience more than trying to get a solid team together?

    I’d prefer to have a more solid O-Line in 2014 who have played consistently in a 3-13 season this year than a 5-11 that chops and changes every series. (Although 5-11 seems a light year away from where we are now …)

  • Richard Edlin

    You mean those veterans we kept on at the cost of salary cap deficits, and which have now led to a lack of experience on the team?

    Would love to hear your solution for how we could have kept those veterans for longer without paying them OR developed a new generation of players to be today’s veterans without playing them. If you can answer this, I think you need to send your resume to the front office.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Reread my post and then go watch the kid play football. You will see that everything I mentioned happens in front of your eyeballs. Character issues? Yeah you’re head has been in the sand for a couple years there, I guess Ben is the epitome of great character to you.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I’ll take Manziel over Landry or Bruce…everyday of the year..!!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I am a Steeler fan…all my life actually even through the Malone and Brister years oh and the Maddox ones too.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    12-4….right??

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Anyone think Foster can play LT, and have Beachum at LG???

  • Rick Rogers

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this season will test our resolve and support of the black and gold life few we have known in many a year. Simply put, we are not a good team right now, though I believe we have the talent to become one. Whether that happens while we are chasing a playoff birth or afterwards remains to be seen.

    Like many of you, I’ve been a fan seemingly since my first breath. My earliest memories date back to the Terry Hanratty and Frenchy Fuqua with the emperor walking the sidelines.

    Like every year since 2001, I will travel from San Diego to Pittsburgh to attend a game. This year it will be the Detroit. I will cheer — win or lose — and have a good time. I suggest that you all get over yourselves and ENJOY this season — yes, I said ENJOY this season — because it will make the great seasons to come all the more sweet.

    The Steelers have been on a helluva run for more than a decade. Few teams have enjoyed the same kind of prolonged success that we have come to take for granted.

    But marginal draft picks, questionable coaching appointments and an aging roster have caught up to us. It was just pitiful to watch an 0-3 Steelers squad get thumped by a winless Minnesota team with a second-string QB no less.

    Tomlin is on thin ice. The Rooneys wont fire him this year, but one more year of such inept play and they’ll have little choice. Never thought I’d long for the days of Bill “Can’t Win a AFC Title Game” Cowher.

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    (Assuming this season plays out as expected…)
    He will have made the playoffs in 4/7 of his years as HC
    that’s “almost every year” ? Uh no.
    And it gets better.
    Only 2 playoffs in last 5 seasons as the team and personnel become more and more … ‘his own’.
    The standard is… failure.

  • Rod Hedrick

    Bell has a nice mix of power and speed. We haven’t had a back like him in awhile. In other news Mike Adams looks like he wants to be a bull fighter. OLE’!

  • Rob

    You might also recall that the guy Adams was tasked with blocking was the current sack leader in the NFL for good reason he has talent. the guy was also rotated with two other good ends so they were all fresh. If he had to block Woodly or Hood Ben could likely Stand back there for 30 seconds before he throws a pick and still not get sacked.

  • thatninjab

    Watching Bell run yesterday made me realize how lacking the RB situation has been in pittsburg since Mendenhall went downtwo and a half years ago. Nobody else on the roster would have had the vision to even make the reads on those blocks that Bell did in order to score a touchdown.

  • rizzo29

    Arians ran the offensive side Lebeau ran the defensive side,Tomlin just needed to stay out of the way

  • T R

    its hard to make and keep a team when soon as you have to give the a contract after their rookie contract expires.. You to damn broke to keep your good players. So blame that on the Front Office and Colbert. not Tomlin faught you have to constantly kee drafting rookies and getting cheap Free Agents and train them the Steelers way then release them to other teams so they know exactly how we play.. Change your name to Fire.Colbert…

  • WilliamSekinger

    How about…as many as it takes? Support your team in bad times as well as good times. Stop being part of the problem. I am glad the Rooneys are in charge , because other owners who listen to their fan bases tend to over react way too much when things start going badly and the fans start hollering for people to be fired/benched. It’s the most endearing quality of the Steelers organization in my opinion.

  • T R

    Yea Tomlin also inherited a broke ass team that can’t keep there trained players after their rookie contract expires and bring anyone onto the team because they to broke to pay someone a contract. Any team winning these days are teams that can keep their good players and bring in one or two good Free Agents. Not pass oover many times agents, like Whimper, Wallace, Felix. You name any more then 2nd or 3rd string person that the steelers was able to get thru free agency in Tomlin area beside the lucky find of Velasco at center we lucked upon 3 weeks ago.. No all Tomlin if you can’t get caliber players to stay or come to Pittsburgh…

  • T R

    This is a terrible financed team.. see my coment below….you can’t keep the rooney way in 2013 financially…

  • Fritz Baughman

    If my head has been in the sand, your head has been in a friggen’ bucket of dried concrete. Yea, character issues – those same issues that have made Manziel the most hated football player in the NCAA. If you claim to be such a Steeler fan, then you would know the Steelers avoid that type of drama like the plague. The very few times they have taken chances on it, it came back to bite them – ie Santonio Holmes. Secondly, you should know by now that the NFL is a drop back passing league – not a scrambling/passing QB league. There have been literally less than 7-10 NFL QB’s in NFL history that have EVER had any remote success in that type of play. Fran Tarkenton, Steve Young, Michael Vick, RGIII, Randal Cunningham to name a few. Even saying that, Tarkenton and Young were still classic drop-back passers – so I’m actually being generous with you on this. What you are watching is Manziel playing good football against many college kids who, for the most, part, will never see the NFL. He’s only 6′ tall, where the average NFL QB is about 6’4 to 6’5. The exception is Drew Brees – who is one of the better down field passers in the NFL. Anyway, you know exactly what you’re talking about.You know, because if you did, then you would also explain to us how insanely quick the average NFL linebacker is – and how battered and bruised Michael Vick and RGIII have been in their careers. Johnny Manziel is nothing more than a smaller Tim Tebow or a modern day Eric Crouch. Exceptional college football players, but not for the NFL. Anyway, my head is in the sand. You’re exactly right.

  • Fritz Baughman

    No, he was not.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    To what character issues are you referring to Johnny M.? Is there a drug/substance abuse issue? He get busted with a firearm? Pulled over for a DUI? Sex assault crime? Rob anybody? Kill anyone?…

  • Fritz Baughman

    You’re making eyes hurt. All you have to do is google ‘manziel, character issues.’

    I find it hard to believe that you watch Manziel, but are yet blind to all the negative drama surrounding this kid over the last year.

  • steeltown

    Not many positives this year, except the fact that our ’13 draft class looks to be full of young potential, which is exactly what this Team needs when looking forward to the future

  • RedCarpetDefense

    The kid is hyper competitive and got caught up in the trash talking in his first game back after suspension. He admitted to being young and “partying”. I don’t see the character issues that the media made it out to be. Now I’m not saying Johnny is momma’s little angel but again to the questions I posted I think the answers would be a”no”. There are far, far worse behavior more worthy of the description of “character issues” as a negative. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of the kid, I simply don’t see him as the most hated football player in the NCAA. I see a player with real talent needless to say no one short of a crystal ball knows how that will translate to the NFL.

  • RASTA

    Keep living with those rose-colored glasses dude. Reality is this team is badly coached. I waited 26 long years for another championship just like most on here, and was in the stadium in Detroit to celebrate, but I guess because my standard is higher then Tomlin’s then I am not a real fan?! I still tune in and cheer every week and won’t apologize for having a negative opinion on what we have all been witnessing since Batch last won us a game. Go Steelers

  • Marcus

    I don’t think this team is that far off from being a 10 win team. I think based on the offensive line performance so far you have to fire the offensive line coach, and go from there. Then I think you have to take a long hard look at player development. Why is it taking talented players so long to get on the field? Why are your high draft picks not performing like high draft picks? Then I think they are going to have to sign some free agents, and not put all the pressure on young un-proven draft picks. Then I think you have to start asking if Ben is the guy you want to lead this team on Sunday. Ben has been a great QB at times for the Steelers, but I think his ego is starting to get in the way, and he is not playing within the system,. He is trying to extend every play and doing more harm then good. Obviously I don’t work in the FO, so this is just my opinion – but I think this team has come to the cross road and they have to pick a direction that will effect them for the next 10 years.

  • rizzo29

    I agree with most of the post you make on here,but not this maybe Tomlin should quit he then can go back to Tampa they,ll be looking for a head coach soon.

  • T R

    So you saying us being a broke salary cap team does not aid it the bad team Tomlin has to work with?

  • rizzo29

    That,s how they always been,when a guy leaves they had the talent to replace,they don’t have that anymore and that falls on Colbert and Tomlin.It’s funny when their winning what a great coach Tomlin is,but when they start losing it’s not his fault

  • Dan

    Far from great, but with our O-line, just getting to the line of scrimmage is quite an accomplishment. Bravo young chap!

  • Arthur Branch

    I agree Mike. Bell looks like a real running back.

  • Arthur Branch

    On most of Ben’s sacks Bell was in flats wide open. Ben has to be smart and take the check down more.

  • Mike Carroll

    Awesome, 20 touches and no negative yards. Redman would have 11 negative plays with that many touches. Dwyer about 7.

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