Mike Tomlin more worried about penalties than Le’Veon Bell’s slow start

AP

No, Le'Veon Bell did not look like himself Sunday. But Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has other things on his mind rather than his star running back acclimating after taking the preseason off.

Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Tomlin said Bell’s 47-yard performance against the Browns Sunday will need to improve: “And it will.”

But he was also salty about the team’s 13 penalties for 144 yards, which he wasn’t ready to pin on any particular player being there or not, which is “why I lose patience when we repeatedly cover the same things.”

You can sing that Le’Veon Bell camp song all you want,” Tomlin said. “He’s here. We’re working. It’s Week 2. We’re getting ready to play the Minnesota Vikings. I’m done with it.”

Of course, that’s a handy deflection, but until Bell gets back up to speed, the Steelers aren’t going to look like themselves. Without wide receiver Antonio Brown freaking out against the Browns they probably lose, and then Tomlin would have plenty to have stew about besides penalties.

After staying away from offseason workouts and training camp before signing his $12.1 million franchise tender, Bell had 10 carries for 32 yards and three receptions for 15 yards against the Browns.

 

13 responses to “Mike Tomlin more worried about penalties than Le’Veon Bell’s slow start

  1. 4 personal foul penalties on Pittsburgh, some Steelers players will be coughing up cash this week. A handful of dirty plays, but well we’re not all that surprised now, are we?

  2. This is a recurring issue with the Steelers. It blows me away they still don’t seem to understand the helmet to helmet rule. It has been in place for over 5 years. When a WR is defenseless, you can’t crush him in the head. They get flagged for that way to many times and act confused when a flag is thrown. Act is getting tired.

  3. I’m gonna sound biased n all being a non Steeler fan but that cheap crap by Ben was bush league. Anyone with 2 eyes and pinch of objectivity can see that after an obvious flop it was an even more obvious lunge for the guys higher ankle and the childish Kurt Angle move that followed was just as pathetic. His excuse he just said on Pittsburgh radio made it even worse. Straight up lied about the whole thing.

  4. LeVeon not being in camp is the lazy explanation for the Steelers week 1 struggles. The line got beat. Period. LeVeon was hit in the backfield or was running into linemen getting pushed into the backfield on multiple carries (so was James Conner). I don’t understand why there’s even an attempt to take this a step further. That’s not what he’s been dealing with the past couple years. He’s been excelling behind one of the top run blocking olines in the game. I don’t think any back in the NFL would have had a significantly better game than Bell on Sunday given the oline play. Browns showed up.

  5. Abracadrab got it right – Barry Sanders couldn’t shake loose from the penetration the Clowns were getting last Sunday. O-line was supposed to be the strength of the team – they better get their act together or the better defenses will eat them alive.

  6. dougchillin says:

    September 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    This is a recurring issue with the Steelers. It blows me away they still don’t seem to understand the helmet to helmet rule. It has been in place for over 5 years. When a WR is defenseless, you can’t crush him in the head. They get flagged for that way to many times and act confused when a flag is thrown. Act is getting tired.

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    It is annoying that teams are called for this, but even the announcers said the call was ticky tacky. What is a defender to do when he is going for a tackle in the rib area to jar the ball loose and the receiver comes down. it looks plenty avoidable in slow motion behind a TV screen but in real life, you can’t pull up that fast. so your options are to a. let him catch it and make a shoestring or arm tackle or b. hit him and play the game as has been taught for years.

  7. grant35 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    Abracadrab got it right – Barry Sanders couldn’t shake loose from the penetration the Clowns were getting last Sunday. O-line was supposed to be the strength of the team – they better get their act together or the better defenses will eat them alive.

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    They beat a team that had at least six months to build a game plan and they still lost. The Steelers are slow starters…relax they’ll be ready in time.

  8. Big Ben should have retired when he was thinking about it this offseason. He doesn’t even act like he wants to play anymore while he is on the field.

  9. Big Ben retire??? That’s crazy talk! What other quarterback on earth could ring up a CLUTCH 14 points against the BROWNS …. who by the way were not the very worst defense in the NFL last year …. they were the 31st worst … the 49ers were #32.

    That’s just how good Big Ben is!

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