Ben Roethlisberger Says Only Le’Veon Bell Knows His Workload Limitations

According to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell is the best evaluator of his own workload.

During his Tuesday interview on 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger was asked if he thinks Bell would tell the Steelers coaching staff if he needed a lighter workload soon after leading the league in total carries during the first half of the 2017 regular season.

“Yeah, I think he would,” Roethlisberger said of Bell, who has already rushed for 760 yards on 194 total carries during the team’s first eight games of the 2017 season. “And really, he’s the one that can judge best on how his body feels. And once again, that’s on Coach Todd [Haley], he’s going to call a run, screen, things like that to him, so really, only he can dictate how much Le’Veon is getting used and not used. And if he’s healthy and things are going well, then it’s working for us. And I understand people are going to be worried about that because he’s one of the best players in football and he’s really doing some great things for us. So, we’ll just have to monitor it as we get going.”

Bell is currently on pace to have 458 total touches this season and with his past late-season injury history, many wonder if his workload should be lightened some in the coming weeks and especially Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts being as the Steelers will have a short week after that contest that will culminate with a Thursday night home game against the Tennessee Titans.

While rookie running back James Conner has produced well when he’s touched the football during the first half of the regular season, his pass protection issues are probably preventing him from playing more offensive snaps. Bell, on the other hand, should still be relatively fresh due to him skipping all of training camp and the preseason due to contract issues. Even so, it would be foolish to expect him to stay healthy come the end of the season if he continues touching the football nearly 30 times a game.

Heavy workload issues aside, Roethlisberger made it clear on Tuesday that if the Steelers keep winning, he has absolutely no issues handing the ball off to Bell and watching him do his thing during the second half of the regular season.

“Of course not,” Roethlisberger said when asked if a continued heavy workload by Bell during the second half would bother him. “Any way that we can win a football game. You guys know me, we’ve been doing this show, winning football games is the only thing that matters to me. However you go about it, whatever the score is, however many points you score, or don’t score, just find a way to get the W.”

  • I know in the internet age everything these guys say gets heavily scrutinized but I cant help but to feel that the last bit of what ben said about no matter the score is him trying to backstep from the 30 ppg prediction set years ago and wanting us to forget about that.

  • He’s right though, it doesn’t matter how many points they score as long as it’s more than the opponent.

    30 points per game is a lofty goal, right now only 2 teams are there right now, LAR and Philly. Last year only the Falcons did so. In 15 only 2 teams, in 14 only 2 teams, in 13 only 1 team, 12 only 2 teams, 11 had 3 teams ,10 only 1 team, 09 hand 1 team, 08 no teams and 07 had only 1 team.

    So to recap the last 10 years worth of data, only 16 teams eclipsed 30 points per game mark. And this year isn’t finished.

    It’s flat out ridiculous that people still hold them to it.

  • Dshoff

    It should be up to the coaching staff, NOT Bell on how much he is used. And if they were smart, they would try limiting his carries at least a little bit.

  • It is not at all ridiculous for anyone to be accountable for what they say. I agree not a lot of teams reach that goal but also not a lot of teams go ahead and state that as their goal. This teams offense has been compared many times to the falcons and I would say this offense has more capability then the falcons. Bottom line if you dont want to be held accountable for things you say then just dont say them. If you or I had stated we could save our company 10% (by switching to geico j/k) because we had a method to increase production and we ended up costing said company a additional 5%(so going the opposite way as the steelers) then we for sure would be held accountable and noone would be singing let it go let it go. So if we would be held to our word then surely professionals paid multimillion dollar contracts should be and in my book will be.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I just hope Bell is 100% healthy in week 15. Before then is great. After then is great. But I want New England to face this team with a healthy Bell, and with that sieve of a defense they employ over there, and see if they like the way it tastes. Control the ball for 40 minutes and let Brady sit on the sideline drinking smoothies till he explodes or turns green.

  • Taylor Williams

    They’ll never learn their lesson. Bell is ineffective when he’s gassed, as we’ve seen that in the chiefs game. Handing it to him 30 times a game will just ruin his longevity.

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Exactly. We need the Big 3 all together & healthy at least for that New England game. It’s time New England got a taste of Martavis Bryant which I don’t think they’ve ever faced him.

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Leaving it up to Bell makes about as much sense as expecting a drunk to pull himself away from the bar or expecting boxers to know exactly when to stop fighting. Smart coaches are supposed to save players from themselves if necessary.

  • This is football. Not politics or a business environment (although sometimes those thing creep into the game). Its funny really, because with the “drop off” they are still the number 1 team in the AFC. I find it extremely hard to believe any one or any company would be looking to make any changes if they were at the top looking down at all of their competitors. Can things be better? Sure, nobody will deny the offense has yet to hit on all cylinders. There is most definitely room for improvement but if find a beyond nip picky with the position this team is in at the midway point.

  • ThatGuy

    Bell made a great point a couple weeks ago though. He doesn’t really take any big hits. He gets dragged down or kind of dictates how he goes down which definitely helps.

  • I never stated I had any problems at all with the record and current seed of the team. I said I hold people accountable for what they say. This whole exchange between us had nothing at all to do with their record

  • Steve

    When the Steelers are up by two scores. Bell need to be pulled and Conner needs to be put in and spelled by Watson. Colts give up a lot of yards on the ground, so the Steelers would be wise to run a lot this week. But not at the expense of overuse of Bell.

  • The record played into my point, maybe you should read my post again.