Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Grades His Rookie Season A B-Plus

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell had 1,259 combined yards from scrimmage during his rookie season and last week in an interview with CBS Sports on radio row at the Super Bowl, he was asked to grade his 2013 performance.

“My rookie year, I have a B-plus,” said Bell. “I think I had a pretty good rookie season, especially with the foot injury and hurting my knee at the beginning of the year. Just learning and continuing to get better, that’s all I want to do.”

Bell banged up his knee in training camp and a foot sprain suffered early in his first preseason action resulted in him missing the first three games of the season. Once he got adjusted to the speed of the game and the offensive line started to gel during the second half of the season, however, we got a chance to see what Bell really can do as an all-purpose running back.

Heading into his second season, Bell will have a new running backs coach as James Saxon was hired to replace Kirby Wilson, who just so happened to fill Saxon’s shoes with the Minnesota Vikings. Bell was asked during his recent interview to comment on him having his second position coach in as many years.

“It’s got its pros and cons with it,” started Bell. “Kirb [Wilson] was a guy I was comfortable with, obviously. I never had a running back coaching switch. It’s going to be something new. I could have a different mind teaching me different things, so we’re going to see. The guy I got now coached Adrian Peterson, so can’t go wrong with that.”

In addition to Bell having a new position coach, he will also be running behind an offensive line that will now be coached by former Tennessee Titans head coach and Hall-of-Fame guard Mike Munchak, so he certainly will be in store for some changes in his second season, which on paper one would think should be better than his first.

You can watch the entire interview with Bell in the video below.

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  • blackandgoldBullion

    The guy closes the interview saying, “Leveon Bell, superstar in the making.” I hope so. I was convinced before the draft that he would end up being the class of all the RB’s selected last year, and I am more convinced he will prove me right. I must admit that I was shocked the Steelers took him because I thought they would draft defense at that point, but I was smiling from ear to ear.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Steve

    Bell had a good year, it didn’t start off too well but ended good. Looking forward to seeing him pound it out next year.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am concerned Bell rated him self so high with being top 10 in the league with dropped passes in a shortened season and a 3.5 ypc average. Not a B+ season IMO although I do see potential for him to be that.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    When you run behind guys like Shaun Gilbert, Kelvin Beachum, mixed with cut players nobody wanted like Velasco and Wallace blocking 3.5 is exceptional. Forget the droped passes becasue the backs can’t catch at all and they have fumbling issues. Now back to the line. If the Steelers even had decent talent, Beachum, Gilbert, and the other below average lineman would not be on the team-let alone starting games. Steeler Nation better wake up. Bell is the only back on the team that could’ve gotten yards behind this line! Keep those scrubbs up front and Bell goes down-it is over. And if they keep those bumbs, he will go down. Can’t keep taking hits behind the line of scrimage and survive.