Mike Tomlin wants to talk about James Conner, not Le’Veon Bell

AP

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has a lot of praise for rookie running back James Conner. Whether Tomlin intends it or not, that could put a lot of pressure on holdout running back Le’Veon Bell.

After the first day in pads, Tomlin gushed about Conner to Ike Taylor of NFL Network.

“He’s got a reputation that he doesn’t back down from physical confrontation and I wanted to give him an opportunity to confirm that on Day One,” Tomlin said regarding Conner. “And he did in a lot of ways. He’s a highly competitive guy. He showed some good technical things. Obviously, it’s Day One. He’s got a ways to go. But his mental approach and demeanor is what we desire.”

For as much as Tomlin wanted to talk about Conner, Tomlin didn’t want to talk about Bell.

“We’re not gonna waste a whole lot of time worrying about the guys that aren’t here,” Tomlin said. “I’d be doing guys like James Conner a disservice if I wasted any portions of my day on stuff like that. I’m gonna give my energies to guys like James in here working.”

In theory, Tomlin could become sufficiently impressed by Conner that the Steelers decide to save $12.1 million and rescind Bell’s franchise tender. Conner will have to show a lot more on Day Two and beyond before the Steelers would ever get to that point.

40 responses to “Mike Tomlin wants to talk about James Conner, not Le’Veon Bell

  1. Bell will be a Steeler this year! He’s just playing it safe. He will earn his 12m this year, and then earn his worth after having one complete winning season.

  2. yeah… they just going to play that game until game-time of week 1. nothing to see here.

  3. Tomlin and the steelers are playing hardball or they just don’t think bell is worth what he’s asking for. A lot of other teams will pay him what he wants and then some.

  4. Yeah Tylawpick6 what a loser. 3rd fastest coach to 100 wins. 2nd in wins in their first 10 seasons. Youngest coach to win the SB and has been to another. You’re right he’s a loser.

  5. thesteelhurtin43 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 7:01 AM
    Yeah Tylawpick6 what a loser. 3rd fastest coach to 100 wins. 2nd in wins in their first 10 seasons. Youngest coach to win the SB and has been to another. You’re right he’s a loser.
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    The team Tomlin inherited was already championship material. Could have won a SB with Manziel coaching that year.

  6. thesteelhurtin43 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 7:01 AM
    Yeah Tylawpick6 what a loser. 3rd fastest coach to 100 wins. 2nd in wins in their first 10 seasons. Youngest coach to win the SB and has been to another. You’re right he’s a loser.

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    How many times has he beat BB and the Patriots? Tomlin is not mentally equipped to take on BB….it’s almost not fair

  7. Bell has never, ever finished a season unhurt. And he’s one puff puff away from a year’s suspension.

    And he wants a contract that the Steelers can’t protect themselves because of those two things? Good luck.

    I’m telling you right now, the Steelers will address the runningback position by using a high draft pick at runningback and Bell’s leverage disappears. Steelers have a top 4 offensive line and all they need is a good runningback to make that offense work. You don’t have to be an all world runningback.

    When Bell is a New York Jet by this time next year, he can take comfort in all the money that new contract brings; but all that money won’t help those butt whippings and none production on the field feel any better. Especially not after game 4 of the season and your already 0-4 and eliminated from any playoff possibilities.

  8. Whether Tomlin intends it or not, that could put a lot of pressure on holdout running back Le’Veon Bell.

    Tomlin’s not that smart, rest assured it was unintended.

  9. Curiously not mentioned in this article — the fact that Conner had his arm in a sling last night after Tomlin gave him extra reps in the “backs on backers” blocking drill at yesterday’s full pads practice. Doesn’t seem like Tomlin is all that worried about saving Conner for a major workload once the season begins.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 11:45 PM
    how did this loser coach get an extension?

    terrible defensive mind

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    11:45 on Sunday night and you are up trolling……and you are calling Tomlin a $6 mil a year loser?……amusing.

    Another troll NHPats up to his usual dumb posts. The thread has nothing to do with Belicheat or the Pat’s so shut up.

  11. It is a curiously timed comment, with James Connor ending his first official NFL practice day on the sideline with his arm in a sling, due to some sort of ‘soft tissue injury’?
    Still, it doesn’t appear serious, and if Connor, along with Knile Davis and Fitzgerald Toussaint can show that they are up to the job, the Steelers offense will be formidable even without Le’Veon Bell.

  12. Bell will show up just in time to collect his 12M without penalty and then ‘pull a hamstring’ to keep himself sidelined most of the season.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says:

    11:45 on Sunday night and you are up trolling……and you are calling Tomlin a $6 mil a year loser?……amusing.

    Another troll NHPats up to his usual dumb posts. The thread has nothing to do with Belicheat or the Pat’s so shut up.

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    Wait, Did I read that correctly?

    Droolmaster is calling out someone for trolling on a story that has nothing to with the trolls own team?

    Are you concerned someone is moving on the territory you so clearly own across all of PFT land?
    You are the reigning MVP of trolling on Pats stories that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Stealers

    Cmon Droolio, whats the matter? Not up for a little friendly Troll Off? You must be gettin old…er

  14. thesteelhurtin43 how many times are you going to post the same thing over and over? I think we all got your attempted point after the second post.

    Half of the Steeler dolts I know can’t stand Tomlin. Maybe he’ll step onto the field this year and get blown up by Mike Wallace running down the sidelines. Congrats on that Super Bowl appearance 10 years ago and the win against the Seahawks which arguably was one of the most one-sided officiated game in Super Bowl history.

  15. No running backs should be paid 12 million—-the position makes the player too prone to injury and success at that position depends greatly on offensive line play. Steelers are correct to be apprehensive to dedicate huge money in the future and it is surprising that they even franchised him this year.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 31, 2017 9:16 AM

    The thread has nothing to do with Belicheat or the Pat’s so shut up.

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    Wait aren’t you the same kid that throws a hissy fit on every Pats post???

    So you can dish it but not take huh???

    Irony Champ look it up….

  17. How many times has he beat BB and the Patriots? Tomlin is not mentally equipped to take on BB….it’s almost not fair

    Yeah, that’s a fair measure of success. How often you beat the greatest coach in sports history. If you’re not the best you suck, apparently.

  18. Hahahahahah I love how Patroit fans think to be successful you have to beat them. Tomlin has more wins at this point in his career than your boy BElicheat did. I know most of you aren’t from Boston but good lord with your arrogance you might as well be.

  19. I wouldn’t give Bell a huge contract either. Hes one screw up away from being sent packing for a year long suspension. Tomlins words are hallow anyways , Bell will be right back in the lineup as soon as hes there. Running back value are different now , let some stupid team like the Skins pay him 70 million , Pittsburgh should play him on the franchise deal and that’s it……….

  20. Look, Conner is a great story and very well might be a good pro.

    Keep in mind the guy ended up in a sling by the end of his first padded practice.

    Tomlin is running his mouth….again. Anybody who even for a moment thinks that Conner is capable of doing the things Bell can do off their rocker. I get the entire man up thing and that can work to a point when you have like talent. However, comparing Conner to Bell is like comparing a Gio Tracker to a Jeep Wrangler.

    Bell seeing Conner in a sling after practice makes him want to do a backflip. Tomlin can talk all day but that offense struggles with consistency without Bell. Despite all of his mistakes and injury history he is just too special of a talent to dismiss.

  21. Fire Todd Haley. Bring back Ron Erhardt and RUN the ball like William Laird Cahhhhrrrr did with Barry Foster, Leroy Thompson and Bus Bettis.

  22. I wonder if Tomlin has learned any new sideline tricks?

    Mike Tomlin is the new 12th Man!

  23. Are you concerned someone is moving on the territory you so clearly own across all of PFT land?
    You are the reigning MVP of trolling on Pats stories that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Stealers

    Cmon Droolio, whats the matter? Not up for a little friendly Troll Off? You must be gettin old…er

    Come on Patsie troll misrepresenting a situation by lying. I don’t bring up the Steelers first on any Cheaters thread. I comment on the absurd statements made by you arrogant trolls. You need to pay more attention to who started what. But it’s amusing how you troll’s stick together when the truth hurts you. I appreciate a humorous clever troll done by anyone, but the dumb stuff from TyLaw and NHPats are a waste of time.

  24. “A lot of other teams will pay him what he wants and then some.”

    Yes, and those are the bottom tier teams who have virtually no chance of reaching the playoffs or Super Bowl.

    And one of the reasons they stay bottom tier teams is they sink too much cap space into a handfull of star players so they have poor depth and manage their caps atrociously.

    The Steelers are doing the right thing in the way they’re handling Bell.

  25. thesteelhurtin43 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 7:01 AM
    Yeah Tylawpick6 what a loser. 3rd fastest coach to 100 wins. 2nd in wins in their first 10 seasons. Youngest coach to win the SB and has been to another. You’re right he’s a loser.

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    I agree in that I would not call Tomlin a loser, I would even say he is pretty good. But he does appear to have a ceiling.

  26. IMHO Pittsburgh is better moving on from Bell. Thats too many eggs in that one basket costing a lot of money they could use bolstering the team in other areas. They would still have a pretty good rushing attack too.

    Meanwhile Bell would help them if he gobbles up some opponent’s cap space. Especially if he does that and then gets hurt or suspended. (If suspended I would bet his next one wont be small considering his history)

  27. what is wrong with a coach not wanting to indulge a reporter? the negotiations are better kept out of the public eye

  28. Tomlin always comes across as a poser. At a certain point just lose the hard guy act and start having your team ready for big games. They just always go in the tank.

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