Le’Veon Bell: If I was healthy, we would have beaten Patriots

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Running back Le’Veon Bell thinks he was the difference in the AFC Championship Game.

The Steelers back left the team’s 36-17 loss to the Patriots after running six times for 20 yards because of a groin injury, a development that forced Pittsburgh to play without one of its biggest weapons in their biggest game of the year. Bell said on ESPN that he believes that the score would have been very different had he been healthy for the contest.

“I think we beat them,” Bell said. “When I was out there, I wasn’t feeling well at all. The fact I was out there [early in the game], their game plan was so different just because of the fact I was out there. If I go out there healthy and we go out there and do what we do, the way we’ve been doing it the whole season, especially in the playoffs, running the ball, running play-action, leaving [Antonio Brown] one-on-one … I think the outcome would have been different. We’ll get back to that next year.”

Bell’s presence wouldn’t have done anything to help the Steelers defense, which gave up 431 yards on the way to the loss and was particularly ineffective against the Tom Brady-led passing attack. Bell’s presence would have certainly changed the way things played out when the Steelers had the ball, but a different ending is anything but certain when you can’t keep your opponent off the scoreboard.

182 responses to “Le’Veon Bell: If I was healthy, we would have beaten Patriots

  1. He put up huge numbers against the fins, solid number vs the Chiefs. Yet all of a sudden his hammy hurt against, well according to big Ben, their big brother?

  2. Oh, and one more thing. What a disservice to the rest of your team. The Patriots have and always will own the Steelers.

  3. He reminds me of a friend of mine from high school who broke his collar bone in the first quarter. He said he thought we would have won if he hadn’t had that happen. We lost 28-7 and it wasn’t that close. Damn seldom one player makes that much difference unless he is the stud quarterback and this kid wasn’t.

  4. And the Pat’s would have scored 60 if Gronk was playing. The Pat’s have been beating the Steelers consistently for 15 years. The next time the Steelers lose and don’t make an excuse it will be the first time.

  5. I didn’t realize Bell could play on the defensive side and have an impact…..Steelers couldn’t stop New England’s offense even without Gronk.

  6. Season just ended and the dude’s already high as a kite…

    Hear that Roger? He was injured, yet Pittsburgh hid it. We all know there’s no way Goodell does anything. That’s why he didn’t do anything to Seattle despite the Seahawks being repeat offenders. If he would have punished Seattle for Sherman’s minor injury, (he didn’t miss a snap) he would have had to come down hard on Bell’s major injury that knocked him out after just 6 plays.

    Goodell playing favorites.

  7. He’s made of glass, and between suspensions and injuries, he hasn’t played a full season. “If I was healthy” sounds like wishful thinking.

  8. Ok, If we are playing this game….I think the Pats easily break 40 if Gronk plays. Every team has injuries. And the Steelers knew Bell was not 100% going in. Shame on them for not having a backup plan.

  9. I find it humorous when players say things like we were the better team but we lost. Or had it not been for a call or a play the score would have been different.

    Along comes LeVeon…while on the one hand you want your players to be confident. On the other hand you want them to be smart. It would have been better had LeVeon just said something like the outcome of the game may have been different if I was totally healthy.

    To paraphrase Dandy Don Meredith, If ifs and buts were candy and nuts the Steelers would have had a happier off season.

    Why not right? If we are assuming the outcome would have been different in that game we can also assume they would have won the SB. While we are jumping to conclusions, lets assume LeVeon would have been the MVP. and that he would have scored…like 5 TD’s.

    Heck he can theorize all he wants but at the end of the day, it is just the opinion of a player on the losing side.

  10. What injury? There was nothing about this in the Steelers’ entirely accurate injury reports! Anyway, NE ended up with the 4th ranked run-D of 2016. And back in the wk7 Pats@Steelers game a supposedly healthier Bell was restricted to under 100yds rushing (his team totalled 94yds on the ground). And if you want “what ifs” then how about what if Gronk had been healthy? And what if the Steelers had been properly penalized for cheating on injury reports and breaking NFL integrity rules (for the 3rd time in 2yrs, by way of publicly disparaging another team) when the a-hole video went out?

  11. Whatever helps you sleep at night le’veon. Too bad your coach refuses to make defensive adjustments and lets Brady carve up the Pittsburgh defense at will. Everyone seems to have an excuse for losing to the patriots

  12. True. He would’ve been so healthy that he’d also play safety and corner, double teaming Chris Hogan all by himself. Was he too injured to watch the game?

  13. Maybe, maybe not, Le’Veon.Their 28 point comeback against Atlanta was pretty convincing.

  14. If Bell plays then the Patriots still defeat the Steelers. But the final score would have been 36 to 20. If Both Bell and Gronk are healthy the Patriots would have defeated the Steeler’s: 43 to 20 instead of 36 to 17.

    Don’t forget…the Patriots didn’t have their 2016 first round draft pick on the field because Roger Goodell stole that pick to give the Steelers and 30 other teams a chance to “win” a participation trophy.

    Anyone know when the NFL plans on releasing the PSI data from the 2015 season?
    You know the data that was supposed to show that footballs never lose PSI when it’s cold.
    It seems that Roger Goodell can’t release the PSI information because it would show everyone that 31 teams went along with a scheme to cheat the Patriots in order to establish league parity.

  15. But you’re never healthy come playoff time. Your body just can’t take a full season of play plus playoff games. Last year you even had a shortened season due to your three-game “vacation” at the start. And that’s why your team won’t be giving you a contract for as much as you think you should get.

  16. Yeah, and if Derek Carr was healthy, the Raiders would have beaten them.

    If Julio Jones was healthy, they would have beaten them.

    If JJ Watt was healthy, they would have beaten them.

    If Jamal Charles was healthy, they would have beaten them.

    Well guess what. They weren’t and they didn’t. It’s hard for these words to come out of my mouth, but the Pats are the best team in the NFL over the past 15 years. Even though it all started on a phantom play…………

  17. So wait a minute. He wasn’t on the injury list yet he was too injured to play well.

    Even corrupt Goodell shouldn’t be able to turn a blind eye to this, though he probably will.

    Just another scumbag Steeler

    And no, you wouldn’t have beaten the Pats.

  18. I’m not so sure but it would’ve been a much better and closer game. Either way, LT says the same thing regarding the 07 AFCCG and he was probably right too.

    And if Asante Samuel doesn’t drop an INT or if Rodney Harrison swatted the ball from Tyree, the pats are 19-0. It’s tough to say woulda coulda shoulda.

  19. Why is it that the Steelers simply can’t accept losing to New England? There’s always some kind of excuse or reason other than they just played better. Bottom line is that if Brady needed 50 to win that game, they would have scored 50. NE was the best team in the NFL from week 1 through the Super Bowl. Leveon, if you really feel like that, it’s fine – just keep it to yourself because it serves no purpose to say it publicly.

  20. Doubtful, but you weren’t, and you haven’t been every year you’ve played. You’re kind of a big let down there levian

  21. And if not for the other teams in the league, the Steelers would have won the last 51 back to back Super Bowls.

  22. ummm…Leveon. The loss had little to do with you. As long as your defense continues to play that soft zone The Greatest QB Of All Time, Tom “Terrific” Brady will continue to torch you.

  23. Well, you weren’t healthy and you didn’t beat them. Swing on over , we can smoke a bowl, and discuss how you are no more important than any other human stumbling around on this rock….

  24. ….. and if Tom Brady wasnt healthy we wouldve beaten the Pats, or if Antonio Brown had three touchdowns ………..
    You lost – scoreboard is all that matters.

  25. BACK n the drugs again.

    What a waste of talent it looked 6 carries 20 yds. The

    more they handed to you the less they throw.is job. We

    were ready to score again at the end of game. Bill

    didn’t wanted your coach to lose his job.The AFC east

    and pitt 7 wins already.

  26. Maybe, but probably not. NE may not have had as much possession and perhaps fewer points due to Pitt moving the ball better but Bell doesn’t call the idiotic red zone plays and get out coached by the Hoodie.

  27. And if Gronk were healthy, the Pats would have beaten you right back!
    Give me a break, Le’veon

    Soooo many players over the years have said the same thing
    IF this had happened…..
    IF that had happened….

    The ONLY way you would have beaten the Pats in the playoffs is if both Brady & Belichick were somehow gone

    Just give the Pats their props

  28. Yeah ok and if you didn’t play for Rooney and the Steelers who are chummy with Goodell you would have been suspended for the 2016 for ditching multiple drug tests so…..

  29. If I had followed through on flag football and made it into pop warner and then played in middle school and continued to the JV team and by way of an injured player got called up to Varsity against South and played two remarkable quarters and proved to Coach that I could play so clearly that he started me the rest of the season so a guy in the stands could recommend me to his brother who works tape for Monmouth who then could show footage of me to the head coach who liked what he saw and offered me a scholarship so I could
    stay five years, one redshirt, and then go undrafted before making the Dolphins practice squad for a season before somehow getting noticed by a low level Patriots staffer who somehow got them to notice me to the degree of a two day stint with the team before going to their practice squad for two years and then somehow another injury allowed me to be called up for the 2016 AFC championship game to play vs the Steelers, maybe I could have tackled Bell before he checked out of the game.

    But I didn’t.

  30. Mr. Bell is a “me” only guy; not a team guy hence why his team wont even sniff the Superbowl again. Ben is not going to be there forever (1-2 years max) and a taste of reality is coming sooner than later. If Bell truly understood what it takes to win the Superbowl, he would change his attitude but I think he does not have the mental aptitude to bring his game to the next level. He is a SUPERB player but statements like this let me know he learned nothing from the Walter Payton types of the NFL. The odd thing is that they have 3 of the 4 puzzle pieces to win a SB…QB-WR-RB missing Super bowl D….so close but yet so far.

  31. Should of, would of, could of….. Didn’t

    Kellen Winslow didn’t feel very well in Miami ( high temp, pinched nerve, dehydrated, sever cramps) and he caught 13 for 166 a TD and blocked a field goal to win.

    Jack Youngblood played in the playoffs, Super Bowl, and Pro Bowl with a broken leg.

  32. It honestly doesn’t matter if Bell was healthy or not.
    Bill and Tom would have still found a way to subvert the rules just like they’ve always done in the past.

  33. Move the Steelers to the AFC East.

    Then Bell will have excuses for two loses a year to the Pats.

  34. Just put this nonsense in the pile with the other excuses we’ve seen over the years. It’s chuckle material now anyway.

    Brady looked like he was playing a relaxing video game while toying with the defense all game long. I’m not sure how Bell would offset that.

    He simply doesn’t understand why they lost.

    Steelers mentality: lets spend all our millions to lock up Bell and Brown. Let’s not address the sieve of a defense we have.

    Good luck with that plan because you’re wasting the rest of Big Ben’s limited window.

  35. No doubt he and Brown would have put up some impressive individual yardage totals… and lost anyway. Multi faceted offenses pile up yards between the 20’s against the Pats but they don’t get into the end zone often. Meanwhile Brady and the offense exploit their opponent’s weaknesses and score points. Like the tide coming in or the death of a 1,000 cuts, it’s what New England does and it’s why they win.

  36. Here’s the difference between the Steelers who seem to constantly have an excuse for losing to the Patriots, and the Falcons. The Falcons lost in what was a most distressing way for them, but they did not make excuses and whine about it. Instead they learned from their mistakes and are going to go back and try to adjust for what they did wrong and improve.

  37. I actually like when the Steelers talk trash. It restores order to the league. They complain about their diva wide receiver acting selfishly and then overpay him. If the self proclaimed Steph Curry of the NFL wants to talk, it gives the rest of us something more to laugh at. They all lack discipline when it really matters.

  38. Drug test that man!
    NOBODY was going to deny Brady his vindication.
    25 down with 18 to play was not enough, one knee wasn’t gonna do it either.

  39. Just watch that LaGarrette Blount run where he carried 7 guys and tell me the Steelers had any shot of beating the Patriots that night.

  40. Not with Big Bum as the Steeler quarterback. Never with Big Bum as quarterback.

    Bell ran wild for 170 yards against the Chiefs and Big Bum could not score even one touchdown. That’s just how good Big Bum is.

  41. Le’veon probably meant he was also going to play in the defensive backfield.

    Can’t understand why I’m having posts censored when another poster commented on Jerruh 3-ways and affinity for gloryholes and it’s still up.

    Ridiculous.

  42. Wow, its not often I read a comment section where even the haters stood clear. They knew not to try touching this one with a 10 foot pole.

    Meanwhile Bell’s agent within an hour got calls from Tomlin, Rooney, several NFL brass, and Go Odell himself all to ask him to please get his player to stop saying anything to the press about how he was injured.

  43. Easily the smartest man in football. It’s a bonus that he’s also the most physically gifted RB on the planet.

  44. Boy the hater ranks have thinned after NE put an exclamation point on their latest Lombardi statement.

    You’ve got Chippy the delusional and Drool Bucket boy as the only members of hatriot nation to post here.

    Bell’s comments don’t even warrant a response.

  45. But LeVeon, you were healthy – I just looked up the injury report!

    Reminds me a lot of Ladanian Tomlinson. Runs like crazy in October, takes vacation in January whether his team is still in it or not.

  46. Only a few Steeler knuckle heads on this thread like the ones below. They always resort to calling the Pats cheaters. They need this whine as their binky because they know the Pats own the Steelers. They might have a better chance with a better coach, but for now, as long as Rooney keeps Tomlin, we’ll keep owning the Steelers.

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:55 AM
    I can’t believe Belichick is still in the league. Caught cheating twice and has served 0 suspensions in the last decade.
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    wafflestomp says:
    Mar 5, 2017 9:37 AM
    It honestly doesn’t matter if Bell was healthy or not.
    Bill and Tom would have still found a way to subvert the rules just like they’ve always done in the past.

  47. Don’t forget about 2-for-25 Sanu’s Lady GaGa excuse. Halftime beat them? Seriously? He’d make one hell of a Steeler!

  48. Bell could be right. It seems like the Steelers are never completely healthy when you need them the most. When they are they’ll probably win the sb. No Rb and no TE changes your whole offensive game plan.

  49. I’ve been watching the Patriots since 1990 and this was the first time I was positive they were winning it all before it actually happened. You could have had every Pittsburgh star from the last 50 years out there and you would have lost. This was a team of destiny for reasons that, to paraphrase Kraft, don’t require explanation.

    P.s. Thanks again, haters!

  50. Back in 2001, Kordell Stuart had the sheer idiocy to say the better team didn’t win.

    That’s what Bell sounds like now.

    Drool Boy, you’ve earned that name and so had Chippy.

    Are you lonely, now that the Pats have rendered your ilk obsolete?. Picking fight on an internet chat board.

    Sad, really sad

  51. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 11:45 AM
    Bell could be right. It seems like the Steelers are never completely healthy when you need them the most. When they are they’ll probably win the sb. No Rb and no TE changes your whole offensive game plan.

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    By that argument then the Steelers should still be able to match up against other teams when they are not completely healthy. Yet they get dusted by them. How so?

  52. How come the Patriots won the SB without Gronk? Same reason the Patriots beat the Steelers without Ding Dong Bell.

  53. Typical Steelers – big talk that they can’t back up on the field.

    This is typical of both the Steelers and their fans. Every year they’re convinced that they have the best team in football…no matter what the standings say.

    My ex was from a small town in northern West Virginia, about 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, and her family was all obnoxious, loudmouthed Steelers fans. They were the same way. Even in those years when they struggled to finish around .500, these toothless morons were always convinced they had the best team in football.

    It’s going to kill these people when the Patriots win their sixth Lombardi.

  54. I didn’t realize that the Steelers were a one-man team. I would not be happy with this statement if I was Bell’s team mate. Face it…you guys got punched in the mouth. That’s a fact.

  55. Bell must be smoking something again. “IF” is the biggest word in the dictionary.
    If the Queen had stones, she’d be King.
    If Le’Veon Bell didn’t do drugs and miss drug tests, he wouldn’t have been suspended.
    If the liberals weren’t such a bunch of clueless cry-baby wimps that drove the country into the ground, Hillary would have been President.
    If Colin Kaepernick would leave the country, Americans wouldn’t hate him as much as they do.

    See how it works?

  56. internetcommenter7 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 12:43 PM
    If he thinks there is a 20 point difference himself and deangelo Williams, it’s time for a drug test.

    ———————–

    Seriously! I am impressed how well Williams has balled it out for the Steelers since they signed him. Through injuries and suspensions bith Williams has made sure the drop off was only a little. In fact, I recall when he took over for Bell in that game the Pats were having troubles stopping him. I remember being surprised the Steelers didn’t try harder to capitalize on that.

  57. If the Steelers pass catchers don’t squander 5 TD opportunities (Cobi Hamilton (3), Jesse James, & Sammie Coates) & Butler/Tomlin don’t call a soft zone, basically prevent D, the Steelers at least keep it close, if not win. But, at the end of the day, the Pats whipped our asses AGAIN! This is gettin old. Tomlin will never outcoach Belichik.

  58. bstngrdn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 10:09 AM
    Here’s the difference between the Steelers who seem to constantly have an excuse for losing to the Patriots, and the Falcons. The Falcons lost in what was a most distressing way for them, but they did not make excuses and whine about it. Instead they learned from their mistakes and are going to go back and try to adjust for what they did wrong and improve.

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    That”s because the Falcons have a capable coach…..the Steelers….not so much…

  59. I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. You fans have 0 CLASS for a team that should have lost to Atlanta. Talk when you surpass 6 SUPERBOWL RINGS. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!

  60. Leveon thanks for reminding all of the NFL fans that that you were
    hurt !!!

    But you were Not on the actual mandatory NFL injury repor during the Patriots playoff game.

    Hmm, a form of corruption from Goodell’s favorite team?

    Let’s see is that a form of cheating from your coach Trippy again???

    What Draft Pick should Roger remove from the Squelers this year?
    Probably and unfortunately there won’t be any consequences

    What a shame covering cheating up… We all know where RG bread is buttered

  61. Maybe Robert Kraft should send the Lombardi trophy to the Steelers because Im sure they would have also beat the Falcons. He would have had 200 yards rushings and been MVP of the game. Am I missing anything?

  62. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM

    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. You fans have 0 CLASS for a team that should have lost to Atlanta. Talk when you surpass 6 SUPERBOWL RINGS. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!
    ………….

    Actually, this thread is as much about the Patriots as it is about the Steelers, so I’m perplexed as to what exactly you are complaining about.

    And didn’t the Patriots whoop your butt in Week 7 at Heinz field last season? 27-16? What makes you think the next result will be different?

  63. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM
    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. You fans have 0 CLASS for a team that should have lost to Atlanta. Talk when you surpass 6 SUPERBOWL RINGS. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!

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    I’m a proud Steelers fan and your comment is ridulous as Le’veons comment. Since 96 the Patriots and Steelers have been the top tier franchises representing the AFC. And as much as I hate to admit it cause I love the Steelers but The Patriots have had our number before TomBrady. Second place sucks to deal with, but in the big picture as a whole it’s not that bad.

  64. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM
    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. You fans have 0 CLASS for a team that should have lost to Atlanta. Talk when you surpass 6 SUPERBOWL RINGS. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!

    The story is about the Patriots and Leveon Bell and his big mouth. He is writing checks that the Steelers couldnt cash. Seems that when the Steelers win its because there better than the other team but when the Steelers lose,,,,,,

  65. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM
    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash.
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    It’s unfortunate you can’t appreciate they are just returning the favor.

  66. Typical loser thing to say. Guarantee this guy has less yards next year, and less again the year after that. That style of running will lead to fewer and fewer yards.

  67. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM
    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. You fans have 0 CLASS for a team that should have lost to Atlanta. Talk when you surpass 6 SUPERBOWL RINGS. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!

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    Should have lost to Atanta, Could have lost to Bell, blah blah blah.

  68. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM
    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash.
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    I had NO IDEA that articles were team specific. I thought that this was ProFOOTBALLTalk. I thought that any FOOTBALL team could comment on any given article.

    Silly me.

  69. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM

    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. You fans have 0 CLASS for a team that should have lost to Atlanta. Talk when you surpass 6 SUPERBOWL RINGS. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!
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    onemorethentherest says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:59 PM

    I’m a proud Steelers fan and your comment is ridulous as Le’veons comment. Since 96 the Patriots and Steelers have been the top tier franchises representing the AFC. And as much as I hate to admit it cause I love the Steelers but The Patriots have had our number before TomBrady. Second place sucks to deal with, but in the big picture as a whole it’s not that bad.

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    @onemorethentherest
    Pats fans understand that there are rational Steelers fans. It was another intelligent Steeler’s fan that saw through the NFL’s media saturation lie campaign where they tried to dupe everyone into denying science.

    That intelligent Steeler’s fan conducted tests rather than relying on reading tabloid headlines in the supermarket checkout lane. He then shared the results of the tests online in a video titled: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS” The video can be found by searching for that title.

  70. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:23 PM
    I get tired of patsie fans coming on steelers threads talking trash. Yada yada yada…. The reality of it was you had home field advantage and the steelers had no Leveon Bell and that was huge. Come to Heinz Field next season with a healthy steeler team and BIG BEN( not landry jones). and the patsies will walk out losers. Can’t wait!

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    What makes this only a Steelers thread? Since it’s a loser crying about a winner does it not involve both the loser and the winner.

    How can anyone keep believing the excuses as to why the Steelers keep losing to the Pats when really accross all those games the only common denominator is the Steelers losing to the Pats. Its not even a game its a pattern. Why still even make excuses?

  71. Pats fans couldn’t tell you who was the coach and qb were before Shady and Belicheat without using Google

  72. Gronkowski can say the same. If he was healthy, he could have beaten the Steelers even with Bell healthy. Injuries are a part of the game. Usually the team that remains healthy at the end of the season has a good chance to win the Super Bowl.

  73. steelers fans could not tell you pitt sucked for
    30 years before noll got there, nor could
    they name one player

    lol

    enough with this “boston sports fan lack knowledge”
    routine, little troll millenials

    boston fans are famous for being VERY knowledgeable
    so you can drop the pathetic routine

    we know our history, stone cold

  74. And didn’t the Patriots whoop your butt in Week 7 at Heinz field last season? 27-16? What makes you think the next result will be different?
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    The difference is no Big Ben and not a home that game. Landry Jones played and please lets not bring up previous years because Big Ben has beaten the patriots. That has nothing to do with last year.

  75. How can anyone keep believing the excuses as to why the Steelers keep losing to the Pats when really accross all those games the only common denominator is the Steelers losing to the Pats. Its not even a game its a pattern. Why still even make excuses?
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    There is no one making excuses. The Steelers did lose to the patsies in their backyard. As we know, Its much more difficult to win on the road then at home. As a Steeler fan, I’m just stating the facts. There was no leveon bell in the afc championship and no Big Ben the first game(Last year) at heinz field. Them are major factors if your trying to win a football game Luckily, the pats don’t seem to have that problem year after year combined with a weak afc east they’ve been playing for years. The afc east hasn’t had a good qb in more then a decade.

  76. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:58 PM
    Luckily, the Pats don’t seem to have that problem year after year combined with a weak afc east they’ve been playing for years.
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    Just imagine how much you’d be whining if the Belichick/Brady Patriots played in the pathetic AFCN where they have enjoyed an .828 winning % including this year’s clean sweep.
    Fun Fact: In each of the past 4 seasons New England has lost as many times in 6 division games as they have in 10 to the rest of the league.

  77. Does anyone other than Leveon and perhaps Leveon’s mom steelcurtainn, really think he’s THAT MUCH better than Deangelo Williams? Nineteen offensive points better? Seriously?

  78. Remember when the steelers lost 2 AFCC gms to the Patriots at Heinz? Makes no difference. Find another excuse.

  79. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:58 PM
    How can anyone keep believing the excuses as to why the Steelers keep losing to the Pats when really accross all those games the only common denominator is the Steelers losing to the Pats. Its not even a game its a pattern. Why still even make excuses?
    _________________________________
    There is no one making excuses. The Steelers did lose to the patsies in their backyard. As we know, Its much more difficult to win on the road then at home. As a Steeler fan, I’m just stating the facts. There was no leveon bell in the afc championship and no Big Ben the first game(Last year) at heinz field. Them are major factors if your trying to win a football game Luckily, the pats don’t seem to have that problem year after year combined with a weak afc east they’ve been playing for years. The afc east hasn’t had a good qb in more then a decade.

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    This whole article is about the Steelers making excuses, read it and see. Plus thats a funny thing to say as a lead-in to a littany of excuses, even weak ones. The Steeler’s pattern of losing includes them losing on their home field (and the Patriots pattern if winning includes them winning on other teams field) so thats no excuse, in in fact it was then the Steelers would be doomed. (Because nobody amounts to anything only winning on their home field) The Pats were missing key players too, they just didnt cry about it, instead they knuckled under and blew out the team in front if them. The AFC East has nothing to do with the Pats beating the Steelers because when the Pats are beating the Steelers they are not playing the AFC East.

  80. To be a winner a team has to be able to ignore whatever adversity and beat the team before them. Any team that cannot do that is never gonna make it. Thats why it sounds so ridiculous when a team or player makes excuses for losing. I’m sure the larger population of Steelers fans cringed when they heard Bells comments and the reason they are not here commenting is because why go partake in a conversation that’s an insult to their team.

  81. Steelers fans…..you have to admit that your coach is very weak…especially when compared to BB. Can the Steelers beat the Pats….sure anything is possible and with a few lucky bounces it might happen. But all things being equal a BB coached team beats a Mike Tomlin coached team 98 times out of 100. And you guys know it’s true. You want more success? Start by getting a real coach.

  82. Remember when the steelers lost 2 AFCC gms to the Patriots at Heinz? Makes no difference. Find another excuse.
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    Yes, I do with Kordell Stewart not BIG BEN. And how many afc championship games has Big Ben lost at home……1. And yes lost as a ROOKIE 3-1. not excuses facts… Doesn’t look like the mighty Tom Shady is so great on the road in the postseason the last 10 years…..does it.

  83. Steelers fans…..you have to admit that your coach is very weak…especially when compared to BB. Can the Steelers beat the Pats….sure anything is possible and with a few lucky bounces it might happen. But all things being equal a BB coached team beats a Mike Tomlin coached team 98 times out of 100. And you guys know it’s true. You want more success? Start by getting a real coach.
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    You know your right in some instances, Obviously Mike T can be better. I think all coaches can. The Steelers d and schemes can use improvement. No offense, but the patriots were beat this year until atlanta fell apart. I’m sure every pat fan felt the game was over in the 4th quarter and if you didn’t your lying.

    Home field and health does play a BIG part in any team succeeding in the post season. The Steelers had neither this year.

  84. Here’s a fact for you. The Pats have been to 7 Super Bowls in the last 16 yrs, and won 5. Wrap your tiny brains around that. Here’s a 2nd fact. The steelers can’t beat the Patriots. I don’t care who the QB is, who’s hurt, or if the game is played on the moon. Deal with it and get on with your miserable lives.

  85. You want home field? Win enough games. Cleveland has been awful for awhile. In 2016 the rest of the AFCN went 15-32. In 2015 the Ravens and Browns went 8-24. Facts?? Yeah, right.

  86. Here’s a fact for you. The Pats have been to 7 Super Bowls in the last 16 yrs, and won 5. Wrap your tiny brains around that. Here’s a 2nd fact. The steelers can’t beat the Patriots. I don’t care who the QB is, who’s hurt, or if the game is played on the moon. Deal with it and get on with your miserable lives.
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    Here’s another fact, the steelers have beating the cheaters 15 time and they’ll do it again. They also have 6 superbowl wins more then the cheaters will ever see. Mark it down!

  87. Yeah, 40 years ago under dubious steroid circumstances. Green Bay won a ton back in the stone age too. Keep clinging to that. It’s all you got. Brady will surpass it anyway.

  88. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:09 PM

    Home field and health does play a BIG part in any team succeeding in the post season. The Steelers had neither this year.

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    The Patriots had home field over the Steelers because they outplayed them over the course of the season, no other reason. To get home field win a few more games. Or are excuses for all Steeler losses last year?

    Patriots were missing key players, and just as key, every bit as much as the Steelers, including when they played the Steelers (Gronk and Bell is pretty even). The difference is they adapted to their injuries and won anyways. Did it all year.

    Williams did a terrific job filling in for Bell. I wont say there was no drop off but Williams kept it manageable. Pittsburg lost because of Roethlesberger playing poorly (in more games than just against the Patriots) and because their defense could do nothing to stop the Pats, even though they were down their top non qb offensive weapon. Brown getting ‘contained’ (cant say they ‘shut him down’) didn’t help either especially with the others dropping whever Ben didnt miss. Williams might have been their best single show of the day even.

    Earlier it was asked who is making excuses?

  89. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:10 PM

    Here’s another fact, the steelers have beating the cheaters 15 time(s)
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    And 2 of those wins actually came with Brady playing. Yep, it’s a fact the Steelers have actually beaten Tom Brady 2 whole times in 12 tries. Hopefully that 2-10 mark brings you some comfort. Speaking of facts, couldn’t help but notice your avoidance of the facts that were posted about the AFCN’s performance in regards to your post about division strength. Another fun fact for you: Miami (.310) and the Jets (.233) both have better winning percentages against Brady than Pittsburgh (.167)

  90. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:09 PM

    No offense, but the patriots were beat this year until atlanta fell apart. I’m sure every pat fan felt the game was over in the 4th quarter and if you didn’t your lying.

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    Your anger has clouded your recollection. Atlanta never let down, they made good plays in the fourth. Julios sickest catch of the game and posdibly the year, several of Ryans best throws. There is no way anyone should be ripping Atlanta, especially any of the 30 teams that did less than they did.

    I watched in New York with a predominently Jets and Giants crowd. (One Ravens and yes one Steelers guy were there too) and Ill give your point that everyone thought it was over in the late third. But once Brady clicked into that mode the doubts started quickly. Too many people in that room had had Brady do this to them. The only hope being held onto was that the deficit was so great the clock would run out. The Giants fans ironically the surest the Pats were pulling it out because they had done it themselves before. Not one person thought Atlanta was falling apart though, they were pkaying well, but getting beaten. The only choking done that day was done by the Patriots.

  91. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:10 PM

    Here’s another fact, the steelers have beating the cheaters 15 time(s)
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    The Steelers beat the Steelers? Since this whole thing about Bells injury is about Puttsburg cheating on the injury report (and if Bell cant smarten/shut up it could cost them their free pass) that must be who you are calling the cheaters. Well yeah, some of those losses they did beat themselves so I guess your point is well taken.

  92. tedmurph says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:53 PM
    Bedtime steelcurtain

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    I apologize, was I shooting too many fish in that there barrel? But please forgive if sick of getting beaten by the Patriots then the Steelers make for some excellent medicine.

  93. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:10 PM

    Here’s another fact, the steelers have beating the cheaters 15 time and they’ll do it again. They also have 6 superbowl wins more then the cheaters will ever see. Mark it down!

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    I say – Here’s another fact, the Steelers have LOST to the Patriots 15 times and they’ll do it again.

    BTW, since 1998 the Steelers in 14 games vs. NE are…..
    3 wins – 11 losses and…………
    1 – 4 in the postseason when it matters most.

    So you see, since ’98 they haven’t really beaten the Patriots.

    SB # 6 right around the corner.

  94. The Patriots were punished because the NFL was unaware cold weather causes pressure in footballs to drop, yet when the Steeler’s footballs lost pressure against the Giants , it was no big deal. So if it’s ” cheating ” when it happens to the Patriots , the same must apply to the Steelers! Right?!
    The Steelers may have 6 super bowl wins, but The Patriots have FIVE wins with the GOAT QB, that’s the impressive stat!

  95. The Steelers may have had a chance if the Pats had only fielded 5 players on each side of the ball. Hey Bell, the Pats own the Steelers whether your “injury” is present or not!

  96. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:01 PM
    Remember when the steelers lost 2 AFCC gms to the Patriots at Heinz? Makes no difference. Find another excuse.
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    Yes, I do with Kordell Stewart not BIG BEN. And how many afc championship games has Big Ben lost at home……1. And yes lost as a ROOKIE 3-1. not excuses facts… Doesn’t look like the mighty Tom Brady is so great on the road in the postseason the last 10 years…..does it?

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    One minute you are boasting about Steelers wins decades ago before Brady. And another minute you are discounting losses they suffered without Big Ben. Cant have it both ways. Either all games count or only the more recent, but at least pick one.

    The losees they suffered with Big Ben have been assigned different excuses so those I am not referring to here.

    And as far as the Patriots losing in the SB and AFCCS games, if you want to call those bad years think about what you are saying. You have to get to those games to lose them. The Steelers fall short of the Patriots on the overall post season history over those 10 years. (But Im sure there are excuses for that)

  97. Hey LeVeon, if hadn’t fishbowled your car with LaGarrette Blount, you also may have had a better shot against the Patriots. Or if Martavis Bryant could have stayed out of trouble. But, if Gronk also played, then it likely would have gone the same way.

  98. 7 playoff games during his tenure; he’s played in 2.5 of them.

    too much half-arsed slacking will lead to nagging injuries.

    then when you finally apply yourself, a legit injury can sneak up and get you.

  99. That’s the issue, he’s never healthy but has all the talent. The best ability is AVAILIABILTY . And he cant stop blowing loud/kush.

  100. • If Jimmy Garoppolo was healthy…………The Patriots complete a perfect season.

    • If Roger Goodell was smart enough to understand 7th grade science…………The Patriots complete a perfect season.

  101. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:09 PM

    Steelers fans…..you have to admit that your coach is very weak…especially when compared to BB. Can the Steelers beat the Pats….sure anything is possible and with a few lucky bounces it might happen. But all things being equal a BB coached team beats a Mike Tomlin coached team 98 times out of 100. And you guys know it’s true. You want more success? Start by getting a real coach.
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    You know your right in some instances, Obviously Mike T can be better. I think all coaches can. The Steelers d and schemes can use improvement. No offense, but the patriots were beat this year until atlanta fell apart. I’m sure every pat fan felt the game was over in the 4th quarter and if you didn’t your lying.

    Home field and health does play a BIG part in any team succeeding in the post season. The Steelers had neither this year.

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    The big thing is that the Pats didn’t quit. They muscled through and took over the Super Bowl. The Steelers should try that sometime. But I think Ben’s seen his last Super Bowl, sorry.

  102. gridles says:
    Mar 5, 2017 9:09 AM

    If Falcons and Seahawks ran the ball they would have too
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    Wouldn’t have mattered, Pats would have won anyway. See how this works?

  103. Steelers are one of those teams that simply cannot beat the Patriots as hard as they try. After failing to score a single TD against KC the week before, there was absolutely no chance the Steelers would beat the Patriots, a team that has dominated them through the years. Bell is just flapping his gums cause he knows he hoodwinked the team into paying him an outrageous sum next year. What a joke.

  104. Le’Veon believes that he could have made a difference of 19 points if he played against the Patriots? I’m not buying that. Granted, he is talented running back but the Steelers defense could do nothing with Brady during the AFL championship game. It still would have been at least a 2 score game.

  105. Bell’s career stats vs NE

    2013: 55-31 L, Bell- 74 rush yds, zero tds

    2016: 27-16 L. Bell- 81 rush yds, zero tds

    2016 playoff game: 20 yds, zero tds

  106. I am a Steelers’ fan, but L’eveon you are so delusional . . . Pittsburgh lost and a healthy Bell does not give them the win – a better defense and better coaching puts them in contention for the win.

    Please don’t think all of us Steelers’ fans believe what Bell says. Some of us accept the reality of the situation that New England was the better team.

  107. “When I was out there, I wasn’t feeling well at all.”

    That’s funny, I don’t remember Bell on the pregame injury repot.

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