Is There Legitimate Reason To Worry About Le’Veon Bell’s Slow Start?

Mike Tomlin described his Pittsburgh Steelers as a team still very much in development during his weekly press conference Tuesday and though the team has many minor snags to work through, one area that sticks out is the run game. After two games, the Steelers find themselves in an unusual position, 27th in the NFL in rushing yards and dead last in yards per carry with just 2.8 yards per rush. The uncharacteristic start has caused many questions and fingers to be directed towards running back Le’Veon Bell.

What is behind Bell’s slow start, in which he has averaged just 3.2 yards per carry? Is it his absence from the team during the offseason, too many Dairy Queen blizzards or is there a reasonable, non-sensationalist answer to Bell’s sluggish start? The answer could lie in Bell’s careers numbers.

Looking at Bell’s career numbers will provide a clearer outlook on whether there is legitimate reason to worry or if Bell’s slow start is nothing to lose sleep over. At first, it is easy to spot that Bell’s 3.2 yards per carry is the worst of his career and his slowest start to a season since his rookie year in 2013. But that is hardly breaking news. What is more revealing is how Bell’s numbers organize themselves when his seasonal rushing numbers are split in two halves – one for the first half of Bell’s season and the other for his second half.

Before venturing further, it must be said that Bell’s 2015 season was omitted due to the running back only playing six games, way too small a sample size to contribute to the research. What the research does hint towards though is that Bell may have a natural tendency to be a slow starter, picking up steam as the season progresses.

It is easy to forget that concerns about Bell’s start were whispered even during his MVP-caliber 2016 season. Bell averaged just 4.3 yards per carry during the first six games of his 2016 season, a figure heavily inflated by his 144-yard season debut against the Kansas City Chiefs. Removing the Chiefs matchup drops his 4.3 yards per carry into a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry.

But as Bell would likely tell you, the easiest way to make people forget about a slow start is to have a strong finish. That’s exactly what Bell did last season, running for over 5 yards per carry the rest of the way and running the Steelers straight into the postseason.

Historically, Bell has been more of a finisher than a starter, growing stronger as the season takes its toll on opposing defenses. Bell’s style of play is a copycat identity of his splits, never one to run away from the pack, the running back takes a more deliberate and patient approach. Now the running back is rightfully asking for the same patient approach out of the Steelers’ fanbase.

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Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • I’m not worried one bit about Bell. Just keep chopping wood and things will happen.

  • Jaybird

    Nothing to worry about with Bell. The o line, Bell, Ben , Bryant….all in preseason mode right now. But this seems to be the new NFL, no cohesion cause everyone sits out during the preseason. Takes a few games , especially for offenses to catch up to speed. We’ll be fine. I think they start looking good this week.

  • Dshoff

    Not time to worry yet, although I think he has looked sluggish so far. We will know all we need to know in a couple of weeks.

  • CountryClub

    My only concern would be that all the injuries have taken a toll on his quickness. But I don’t believe that’s the case.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I’m not too worried. He relies on vision and instinct quite a bit, and in the first game it looked like he wasn’t as sharp as usual. Second game he looked a lot better. Seems like something that would be affected by a lack of reps. I think he’ll be back to normal within a game or two.

  • Edjhjr

    It’s a business right. I’m a little worried but Bell should be really worried. It’s not my business but it sure is his.

    I’m not sure yet he made a good business decision for himself.

    Example, if my current employer offered me 600K a year now, id take it..

    Unless I knew absolutely ,somebody was going to offer me 800k next year. But …..who did that

  • Chad H

    1st game he was only back for a week. The game against MN he had 87 yards against a very strong front 7. To me that was really good. No reason to worry. Last week was a sign that good things are coming.

  • francesco

    The opponents have figured his style and manner of running. Bell has to adapt and run differently at times.
    Avoid being predictable.

  • Brian Miller

    Frankly I’m more concerned about the oline…

  • Scunge

    I fear that the injuries have taken a toll, not on his quickness, but his long speed. I would be curious to know how slow he has become in his 40 time. His combine time was 4.60 but with those injuries, it wouldn’t surprise me to see that time be closer to 4.65-4.70. And that is why the long runs and explosive plays are drying up. That is my theory anyway.

  • Jim Foles

    Lateral movement is not real quick

  • #beatthepats

    Faise conner into the running game, Bells own teamates were calling for him to come into camp and he refused. The diary queen stunt was selfish. His patient style has been scouted and he looks slow. Turning down 60 million when you have 2 drug suspensions is mindless. The football gods will speak.

  • Big White

    Yes, because Haley will not use Rosie and the I-Formation. Screen here, screen there, spread em’ out and suck.

  • #beatthepats

    I need spell check, phase or faze

  • Jordan James

    I’m surprised they haven’t thrown to him much

  • lone pistol

    What if his groin surgery is still not feeling 100%. He has some hard miles on him.

  • hdogg48

    By turning down the Steelers very fair and very lucrative
    offer, and reporting to camp late, Bell has put himself
    and the team in a precarious position.

    To quote the late great Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes:
    “Three things can happen…and two of them are bad.”

  • Ryan Alderman

    Not worried a bit.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Nope. you don’t worry about a rental car. Keep the foot on the gas and drop it off at the end of the season.

  • Brenton deed

    Faze is a non word, made up … probably inspired by Stat Trek use of phasers, which are themselves fanciful.
    So if you mean sort of “dazed” then “faze” will do.

  • Brenton deed

    I agree I think it’s the O line and they’ll be unsettled again this week… I hope they’re in sink by Baltimore.

  • WreckIess

    That’s not what’s happening. There are no holes to run through. It’s that simple. The difference between last season and this season is the amount of penetration the OL is allowing. When you’re getting contacted 2 or 3 yards behind the LOS, it doesn’t matter how you run. You’re not going to get very many yards like that.

  • pittfan

    He’s going to play great against the Bears now that he’s tasted combat

  • WreckIess

    “The diary queen stunt was selfish.” LOL. What??? That was selfish? What the hell does that even mean? What? He wasn’t thinking about his teammates when he made a hot fudge sundae or when he dunked some Dilly Bars?

  • The Chin

    Preach

  • Ace

    Not worried at all. No matter what they say, it takes a couple weeks to get into game shape. First week was disrupted by being behind the chains and he didn’t get a ton of carries. Second week was against a very good D line that got off their blocks well. But he got a bunch of carries and is now ready to takeoff. Honestly a little bit more concerned about the continuity of the O Line right now. Bell will get right, but we need Gilbert and AV healthy.

  • Steel City Slim

    I don’t think it’s all on Le’Veon, though I feel he deserves the brunt of the blame, it can be a combination of things: the o-line not getting much of a push in the run game, teams gearing up for him, the passing game not being as dynamic as it should be to open up the running game, play calling… I think if the passing game gets on track the running game will improve.

  • mhurk

    IMHO Bell made a terrible mistake by not signing that contract (kind of glad He didnt sign), right now He looks like just another guy, and the most overpaid player on the team. He might be able to turn it around, but He aint worth 15 mill a season, maybe about half of that, I think the Steelers were crazy to offer Him that much.

  • Steeldog22

    Finishing strong would mean actually playing in last years AFCCG. Longer that average stays down, the more he’s going to pucker and get frustrated as dollars go out the door. With the weapons on offense, was never going to be as Bell heavy this year anyhow. Rolling the dice like our receivers in the end zone last week.

  • falconsaftey43

    He didn’t bring back any for the team haha

  • Charles Haines

    Teams know they HAVE to stop Bell to have any chance of winning…. which will open up the passing game. It’s been two games of the real preseason (September) against two fairly stout D-lines.

  • VaDave

    The short answer is no.

  • JohnB

    No worries here. He has more yards in the first two games this season than the last two seasons combined so, I figure he’s on track.

  • Lambert58

    He does not look as smooth so far this year. There were moves that he made last year that just aren’t happening yet. Barely missing a few opportunities.

  • Steeler Nation!

    That’s not true either. The O line hasn’t been dominant like it was last year, allowing him forever to pick and choose his hole. But it is far from bad either. He’s looked like a very average back. The O line needs to get back to what it was last year. But Bell better get his butt in gear too. Or as so many have predicted, he made a terrible business decision.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Hakuna Matata.

  • Terrible Towlie

    phased in slowly

  • Bill

    He has definitely put pressure on himself to perform for the next contract battle. That could cause him to think too much and not be instinctive. Time and games played will of course determine the reality.

  • Doug Sawyer

    he’s been hurt a few times …suspended twice …raps about getting paid 17 million snubs being the highest paid player in the league at his position no show for camp…no show for preseason and people still defend him like he “cares” about this team…he plays for his ego and it’s a sad thing that Mr Rooney isn’t around to set him straight

  • Daniel Valente

    or for us

  • WreckIess

    You really don’t understand his running style at all if you actually think he’s just back there picking and choosing a hole… I’ve said it before, but Bell runs that way because he can, not because he has to. If he needs to just hit the hole like every other RB ever, he can do it. That’s not something he has trouble with. He has trouble when has inconsistent blocking in front of him.

  • Matt Manzo

    His slow start is mostly cuz of only having 9 carries in week one. I know week 2 wasn’t amazing but there were some good 9yd runs in there!

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    He was a bit heavier then too. He never had long speed. His game is predicated on patience and the ability to make people miss all while breaking tackles.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    Zeke, the one who many think is the better of the 2 RB’s had 8 yards on 10 totes. Is he finished? Let’s not forget the Vike D has 5-6 pro bowlers… if not mistaken. He still gained almost 100. The O is still jelling. OL, QB WR’s all included…Stay healthy,keep improving & win ugly early and peak in December/January.

  • Frank Cordaro

    No worries from me on Bell but lets not say it’s all on him the O-Line isn’t playing the best as of now and eventually everything will fall into place for the O.

  • Delboka

    He has let the “patient” running thing get to his head. It is not required on all plays…

  • Rocksolid20

    Doug , you are a wise man .

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Not sure if Le’Veon has proven to be a strong finisher yet. Perhaps this is the year that he plays 3 or 4 playoff games fully healthy and helps the team to a victory in the last game of the season.

  • Bill Dopico

    Meaningless comparisons without team and league numbers as per rushing. As for the headline and worry, I worry that these kids stay healthy, physically and mentally. I doubt Bell has another year like 2016. Subconsciously, I doubt these kids on the O line have one bit of sympathy or patience with ‘Juice’.

  • Steve

    With you, Bell needs to start bringing on his game, cause there is Conner and Watson chomping at the bit to get there chance. He is not in football shape and needed camp and preseason for that. He should have taken the offer the Steelers made him, fool for not signing.

  • PA2AK_

    Amazing how quick people will turn on a proven great running back in favor of an unproven and relatively average rookie rb…I really hope we don’t have to see much of Conner.

  • Steve

    Then he can be done.

  • Steve

    Steeler were actually smart to sign him to a one year deal. If he don’t get any better, they have 2 backs ready to take his place.

  • Steve

    We will see, Bell has never made it to the SB and got hurt before then.

  • Steve Johnson

    I’m not worried one bit, but the Steelers should be concerned. He decided to skip the entire offseason, that was his decision. I think that has a lot to do with his slow start. What is the shelf life of a RB? 5-6 YRS? Yes, he is an exceptional RB, but he still is a RB that has had two surgeries on those knees, a recent bad groin injury that needed surgery, and let’s not forgot about his infatuation with The Weed. Tie up long term contract with this guy?

  • Iulo

    I have the impression, Bell is protecting himself.

    Not a quiter, but he just doesn’t show the same demeanor and sacrifice of last years.
    There is also some rust which is more evident when he tries to catch the ball but less when he is running.
    I also see him smaller… somehow thinner… I know he lost some weight but on the screen he looks like a small Bell.

  • will

    I do not believe that one tenth of one second difference in his 40 time would even be perceptible to the naked eye. Think about that……. one tenth of one second slower……
    I believe we are seeing mediocre OL play coupled with not enough preseason work like “Jaybird” postulates above. “Imma need 15” will improve as the line play improves.

  • will

    Taking the offer would not have changed his performance so far. It would have only taken the pressure off from those who feel he “did the Steelers and Steeler Nation wrong” by stiffing the offer. IMO

  • will

    How was the DQ stunt selfish?

  • will

    Woody would have “clocked” him!

  • will

    Good analogy

  • will

    Hope that is true for the OL too!

  • will

    Ah yes…….O’s philosophy.

  • will

    Neither has any Steeler player during the time Bell has been on the team.

  • will

    Tinker??

  • Steve

    Numerous Steelers have been to the SB, that are on the current team???

  • Iulo

    yes, I mean, he is now thin (slim)… 😉

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    Comprehension is your friend. He said during the time Bell has been on the team.

  • francesco

    Only way to find out is to alternate some offensive series with Conner/ Watson and see if there are any differences in results.

  • Ichabod

    Not too worried about Bell. once everything comes together he will be awesome. BUT, I do not understand the lack of using Conner for a couple of series. I think its foolish not to.

  • dany

    that is my only concern. Even during his “slow” 2016 start he was getting tons of passes. Hell, IIRC he got most of his passes the first half of the year, as the focus turned into the running game the second half and Ben was ailing. Even in the playoffs he caught like 4 passes in 2 and a half games

  • Completely disregarding what will says, I bet the number of Steelers on the current roster that played in a SB is less than you think.

  • WreckIess

    That’s not true. You can easily watch the tape and see that there isn’t a lot of room to run for him. You don’t need a second player to confirm that.

  • He has only had one surgery on his knee.

  • Don’t confuse him with facts…

  • Romans5:8

    I am sure that Bell would be playing better had he not skipped most of camp. However, I don’t think his lackluster numbers have mostly to do with him–it’s the offensive line. They simply aren’t getting it done up front. And that, rather than Bell, is a legitimate cause for concern.

    I don’t think Ben can carry this team to a championship on the strength of his arm (there are some quarterbacks that can do that, but I don’t think that Ben is one of them–though, I think he is very good). Ben needs an above average running game for this team to have a decent shot at winning it all.

  • Conserv_58

    Didn’t he have two season ending knee surgeries courtesy of the Bengals, on separate occasions?

  • LHW

    I would argue not to the naked eye, but on the field yes. What is the saying “Football is a game of inches.” Decisions at game speed need to be made in tenths of a second; I don’t feel like dong the math, but a guy running 15 mph who is 1/10 of second slower would translate into a distance that could impact his play. This would be true for evading tackles.

  • Steeler Nation!

    I do understand. And I know that those type plays when he is afforded the opportunity to be patient have been when he has been at his best. He hasn’t looked like any kind of difference maker so far. He has looked hesitant and slower than I ever remembered. Hopefully it changes soon.

  • Conserv_58

    I’m not the least bit worried about Le’Veon’s slow start since it coincides with the Steelers’ offense’s slow start. Instead of over analyzing each individual player we need look at the bigger picture. The Steelers slow start also produced two wins and to use a Tomlinism, “They are ascending” as a unit. The beauty of what we are seeing is exactly what we don’t want to see. What we don’t want to see is the Steelers peaking early. They are “ascending” as a unit at a pace that by the time they get to the final stretch of the season they should be hitting on all cylinders entering the playoffs.

  • Conserv_58

    They’re last SB XLV appearance was in Feb., 2011. The current list of Steelers players that played in that game are: Ben, Pouncey, Deebo, Will Gay, Gilbert, Foster and Heyward.

    The names of the players on the current roster that played in their last SB victory in 2008 are Ben, Will Gay and Deebo.

  • WreckIess

    He’s at his best when there’s blocking in front of him. Point. Blank. Period. When he’s running patiently he sees the line getting push and he’s waiting for a hole to open up. If the line isn’t getting any push he does what every RB does which is hit the hole and get what he can. Now if he’s just trying to get what he can and the line isn’t getting a lot of push, how many yards is he really going to get. The answer? Not many.

    I don’t doubt that the line will be improved because one of the tackles was down 20lbs due to sickness and the other was battling a hammy, but it’s still hard to blame Bell for the majority of that when you actually watch the tape.

  • Av232

    I’m not at all suggesting this has anything to do with his slow start this season, but does he look like his weight is down to you guys, too?

  • ATL96STEELER

    Not overly concerned…think about it…he had zero camp and they pretty much gave him a full work load in each of the 1st two weeks…I would like to have seen maybe a 60/40 split on touches between him and Connor, and maybe by the 3rd or 4th game ramp Bell up to the full work load.

    Even then I’d like to see Connor get 6-8 touches a game.

  • Paul Rainey

    Agree 100%

  • falconsaftey43

    Not worried yet. This year through 2 weeks 4 of the 15 RBs with 30+ carriers have a 4.0 ypc average or better. Last year, 4 of 14. It’s too small of a sample size to say anything. He’s shown flashes, he’s had several really nice runs where he’s made multiple defenders miss.

  • ThatGuy

    Well it takes players around 2-3 weeks of practice with some reps in a couple preseason games to get “football ready” so he should be right around that Sunday.

  • Steeler-Drew

    And Bell shouldn’t be totally absolved either. Are you denying that he has not looked a step slow or lacking the burst we are used to seeing at times? Hole or no hole, blocking room or no blocking room there is no doubt he has not looked the same. Anyone who will say otherwise are not being honest with themselves. I hope he is still shaking off some rust and he still may not only need this game but next weeks game to totally shake it off. But if he still appears to be a step slow or lacking the burst from previous years after game 4 then it becomes a concern.

  • Nope, not when he hyper extended his knee, only when he tore his MCL. Which is not nearly as serious as the ACL tear.

    Remember DeCastro tore his MCL in the 3rd preseason game of his rookie year but came back to start the last few games of the season.

  • Gilbert and Heyward were drafted the year after that Super Bowl. And Pouncey didn’t even play in it. It was his rookie year and he missed the game with a high ankle sprain.

  • Steeler-Drew

    You are right of course. Some would like us to believe he gained those 87 yards all on his own this week. Sure the blocking needs to be better but lets not pretend that he gained those yards with 0 holes to work with. The eye test says he showed a lack of burst at times when there was a hole, looked slow trying to turn the corner on an outside run, and was tackled a by a defensive lineman on a dump off when he would normally not be.

    As Foster stated in his radio show it may take a few weeks to get the timing down with the OL. Since Bell is more inclined to set up his blocks then just hit a hole what Foster said makes sense. I’m hoping like yourself that it’s just timing and rust. But anyone who denies he has not looked the same regardless of the blocking is only fooling themselves.

  • WreckIess

    No. Which is why I said you can’t blame the “majority” of it on Bell. He hasn’t looked the same, but Bell at his best still doesn’t get very many more yards than what he’s getting now. Being explosive doesn’t make much of a difference if he’s running right into his linemen instead of an actual hole.

  • “was tackled a by a defensive lineman on a dump off”

    If you are referring to last week’s game when he had the entire sideline to run along, it was Anthony Barr (55) who tackled him. Another Barr is a line backer, a top 10 draft pick, and he ran a 4.45 40 yard dash at the combine.

  • Steeler-Drew

    I’m not going back to review the tape I will take your word for it. The Bell of previous years would have shown some quickness and avoided being tackled regardless of Barr’s speed. Barr’s speed had nothing to do with him being tackled. It was Bell’s lack of quickness after the catch was made. Had he alluded the initial tackle regardless of the player he would have not been tackled by that player down the field. Are you also in denial that he has looked a step slow and has lacked quickness and the burst we are used to seeing?

  • I said nothing about him looking a step slow, I merely corrected your assumption that a linemen tackled him in the flat zone.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Had the pass been thrown out in the flat in open space and he was one on one against the LB nobody would have a problem with him being tackled. Especially by a player like Barr who is a good player. From what I recall it was a screen/dump off close to the line of scrimmage. Barr got off of his block and made the tackle. We have seen Bell with a quicker initial first step avoid being tackled in that situation countless times in the past. I think it all goes back to having some rust just as being a step slow or lacking the burst. I’m reserving judgement that it is just rust for at least 4 games. I believe it probably is just rust but if not after 4 games something will be missing. Hopefully he comes out this game and we see the Bell of the past and we can all put any concerns to rest.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Holes open and close. That’s the nature of defense too. There’s a difference in getting blocked and staying blocked. There have been holes that if he could hit them quicker could’ve been for good gains. He has looked slower so far, and has not taken full advantage of what’s been there. Point blank. Period.

  • Kevin78

    He has lost 20 pounds since he ran that 40 though.

  • Scunge

    Well, when you look at some of our nickel backs, some of our CBs that run in the 4.55 range, like Mike Hilton and Cam Sutton, every team has players like that in the secondary and every team wonders if they are too slow. And then if you have Bell who is running 4.65-4.70, is it any wonder he is being caught from behind? That the 20+ yard and 40+ yard splash plays are drying up for him?

    When there is a wide open hole, I just don’t see Bell able to kick it into another gear, it is like he plays at one speed, there is no extra gear to break away. I saw some of that in 2014 before the injuries.

  • WreckIess

    Well yeah no crap the holes open and close. It’s about WHEN they’re open or closed. If they’re closed more than they’re open then guess what? The RB won’t get that many yards. The OL is getting zero push out there. I’ve seen plays on the 2nd watch through where he’s juking multiple guys just to get back to the LOS. Unless you’re really just looking for a reason to blame Bell(Which if we’re being honest…You are) you really can’t say most of what’s happened in the 1st two games is his fault.

    You’ve also already stated that you haven’t and won’t go back to watch it again so why should anyone value your opinion on this? Seriously, your opinion is based off of what you say you saw from watching a play one time through. Why should I care about something you think you saw once?

  • #beatthepats

    Look into why he filled out the application.

  • WreckIess

    LOLLLL. Who cares???

  • Steeler Nation!

    Whatever dude. He’s not GETTING TO THE DAMN HOLES!

  • will

    But none during Bell’s tenure

  • Jordan James

    IMO, he is there 3rd best receiver behind Brown and Bryant and usually gets a linebacker.

  • WreckIess

    Once again, why should I care about the opinion of someone who thinks he saw something once?

  • Steeler Nation!

    And I don’t care how many times you’ve seen the film. Apparently you could watch the same play all day long and never figure it out. I’d bet anything I’ve studied more game film than you’ve ever seen. But if you’re eyes are trained to not follow the ball, you don’t have to watch the same thing 10 times. Apparently you watch as a Bell fantasy geek. Again, I wanted him to sign and stay but if he doesn’t regain the burst, then he just whizzed away a lot of $.

  • WreckIess

    Or I can watch it enough times to figure out what was actually happened and since Bell hurt your feelings by not shiwing yo to camp you’re just refusing reality. Which is fine. You don’t have to like him, but just being honest, if you don’t have any interest in actually fact checking what your trying to say then I don’t care or value your opinion kid. It’s really that simple.

    Also, wouldn’t you be the one looking at Bell as a fantasy geek since your judging him strictly based on stats and I’m judging him based on you know… the tape? Let’s try to make some sense here dude…

  • Steeler Nation!

    I highly doubt you’ve ever had a helmet on in your life. If you had, you wouldn’t try to make such a point that your extra film study makes you so intelligent. I’m not impressed with your opinion of BUSH. Bell didn’t hurt my feelings, he hurt himself. He’ll be gone and forgotten, unless he helps us win a Super Bowl.

  • WreckIess

    I have played football. For 14 years actually. Doesn’t matter and it’s not the the point though because you can play football for years and not know how to process what you’re seeing which is what I’m pretty sure I’m seeing from you. What I’m saying is that there’s a reason why everyone scouts, coaches, players, and even fans watch tape to figure out what exactly went on on a play. You said earlier that you’re “trained to watch the ball”. Well guess what genius? I was watching the guys blocking and the guy who was running. Do you know what happens when you do that? You get the full picture.

    If you’re saying what you saw on a single watch through from a week ago then why would I value your opinion on the play? You’re just going off of what you feel and I don’t care about your feelings lol.

  • Steeler Nation!

    I said trained to NOT watch the ball! It doesn’t take me 5 times to watch a play to see that a back needs to get to the hole quicker. That’s elementary, but apparently where you’re stuck. I’m tired of your Bell defense. I’ve always been a fan, but I’m also realistic. And you can’t see the forest for the trees.

  • WreckIess

    I mean. I admitted where he was wrong in this. Not all on Bell and not all on the OL(although it really should take a genius to realize that an OL with one tackle battling a hammy and the other being 20lbs lighter due to sickness isn’t going to be blocking at full strength.), but it’s pretty clear that Bell hurt your feelings beyond reason. Which is fine. You can be hurt, but I’m just not going to take that hurt seriously.