Mike Tomlin indifferent to Le’Veon Bell’s absence

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was posting on social media and playing video games while his teammates were going through a minicamp practice Tuesday.

And while they’d clearly prefer to have him around, those that were there largely shrugged at his absence.

Via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he was indifferent about it.

“I really am,” Tomlin said. “It’s a waste of my time to focus on the guys that are not available to me, whether it’s an injury or otherwise.”

Bell is recovering from groin surgery in March but still falls in the “otherwise” portion of that group. The Steelers put the franchise tag on him, which will pay him $12.1 million. But he hasn’t signed the tender yet, which exempts him from being fined for skipping the mandatory work. He wasn’t at the voluntary portion either, as he waits on either a new contract or the July 15 deadline for one to pass.

Teammates are still exerting the not-so-subtle pressure on him.

“I told him that we need him here,” right tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “I know he’s doing what it takes to show up in great physical conditioning, but him showing his face and being around the guys, I think that would be even better. . . .

“He’s a professional and has carried himself well, and there won’t be any issues. But you want that continuity and for him to be around the guys, just the feeling around this locker room. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Well, it does if you’ve been paid. And that’s what Bell’s waiting on.

25 responses to “Mike Tomlin indifferent to Le’Veon Bell’s absence

  1. At some point someone has to have the balls to tell members of that team that BS is unacceptable.

    Tomlin seems to rely on team leaders but it’s beyond not enough.

  2. “I really am,” Tomlin said. “It’s a waste of my time to focus on the guys that are not available to me, whether it’s an injury or otherwise.”

    Tomlin exposes himself here. Good coaches focus on who’s there, not who isn’t.

  3. Must have been the same indifference that caused Trip to forget to list Bell on his injury reports last year.

  4. The coach’s indifference is an influence on the team’s work ethic. Preparation is 90% of the battle.

    ‘Nuff said.

  5. Business is business. Bell is doing the right thing. Any unsigned player that takes part in OTA’s or minicamp is running an unacceptable risk. In the event of a serious injury the ‘letter of understanding’ would only cover Bell for the one year tag amount.

  6. pay the damn man. it’s as simple as that. if hes not at minicamp than the team failed to get this guy there. Any coach or teammate of this guy should shut up, unless they plan tackling Bells bills. worry about yourself…. way to go Bell or anyone with holding services. the nfl has all the money.. and if your good it’s your job to get it.

  7. Of course Trippin Tomlin doesn’t care. He knows the Steelers can’t rely on Bell because of drugs and injuries.

    Of course it’s also clear that the Steelers players don’t respect Trip either.

    AB clowned Trip in the locker room last year. Bell told everyone who would listen that Tomlin knew how serious his injury was before the AFCCG.

    Ben threatened to retire because he knows Pittsburgh has ZERO chance of ever beating NE as long as the guy on the sidelines is a better cheerleader than coach.

  8. He isn’t going to get the contract he thinks he is worth. He wants way to much money.

  9. Of course he’s indifferent…he’s a players’ coach that has no balls and fails to instill discipline or hold players accountable for their actions.

  10. Of course Trippin Tomlin doesn’t care. He knows the Steelers can’t rely on Bell because of drugs and injuries.

    Of course it’s also clear that the Steelers players don’t respect Trip either.

    AB clowned Trip in the locker room last year. Bell told everyone who would listen that Tomlin knew how serious his injury was before the AFCCG.

    Ben threatened to retire because he knows Pittsburgh has ZERO chance of ever beating NE as long as the guy on the sidelines is a better cheerleader than coach.

    A couple of things. First if Belicheat had said this this troll would have been praising the Cheaters genius as that of a god and extolling his ability to walk on water…of course which he has personally witness…what a fool.
    Secondly, how can anyone take your comments seriously because you state no proof to support your hate filled comments. I suggest you stay on the fanboys threads and keep fluffing each other’s egos.

  11. I know the Steelers have been at this for a loooong time, but I hope they don’t throw a huge contract offer at Bell. Yes, he’s a dynamic player but, given his injury and suspension issues, he is not worth compromising the team’s cap future. Plus, he is scheduled to make a ton of money this season. The fact that he hasn’t shown up, tells me all I need to know about his mindset.

  12. Did I miss something? I thought the article said that the Steelers put the franchise tag on Bell for $12.1 million and that Bell has yet to sign this tag.

    If Bell signs the tag — then he gets paid. No signature, no money.

    I realize this is a one year deal, but to say he is “waiting to get paid” is a bit disingenuous.

    Sign the offer or don’t sign the offer — but if Bell chooses not to sign, he should bubble wrap himself to prevent that may cause the Steelers to pull it off the table.

  13. bell has been unavailable his entire career;

    he’s only played 2.5 playoff games out of the 8 that pitt has been in since drafting him.

  14. A running back shrugs at being offered $12 million, and the coach is indifferent.

    Sounds like a championship foundation to me!

  15. This is pretty early for a team to be imploding. Oh well, at least the Steelers will lead the NFL in dysfunction.

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