Roethlisberger names Le’Veon Bell as an MVP candidate

AP

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is having a good season, but it may have escaped notice in some quarters just how good a season.

Bell has been overshadowed for much of the year by DeMarco Murray, who is widely regarded as the league’s top running back this season. But Bell’s numbers really are extraordinary: He has 262 carries for 1,278 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 76 catches for 765 yards and three more touchdowns receiving. Amazingly, Bell has done all that without fumbling even once.

How rare is that? If Bell doesn’t fumble in the last two games of the year, he’ll join Marshall Faulk in 2000 and Barry Sanders in 1994 as the only players in NFL history to finish a season with 2,000 yards from scrimmage and zero fumbles.

As a result, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes Bell should be getting recognition as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

“Bell is having an MVP-caliber season,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan.

Roethlisberger is right: Bell has been outstanding. Although Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been widely viewed as the MVP favorite this year, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would probably be the next choice in the eyes of most MVP voters, Bell shouldn’t be overlooked. If he has two more big games and carries the Steelers into the playoffs, Bell deserves to be considered an MVP candidate. He’s having an amazing year.

94 responses to “Roethlisberger names Le’Veon Bell as an MVP candidate

  1. He’s pretty, pretty good, and is a huge aspect of Pittsburgh’s success on Offense, but when I think of L. Bell, I don’t think “Most Valuable Player.”

  2. He’s doing incredibly well. But he’s 400 yard behind Murray. To get in the conversation, he’ll need to surpass him.

    But then again, it’s going to come down to Brady, Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Like it always does.

  3. Rodgers? An MVP Candidate? His QB Rating last week was 34! Obviously the guy is great when he’s on, and his team is blowing out others, but he’s not a grinder. He doesn’t win close games. Don’t believe me, look up how many GWD and 4th Quarter Comebacks he has in his career. Well short of elite. Rodgers either has everything go perfectly and he puts up amazing stats, or he doesn’t. When things don’t go perfect for Rodgers, he can’t rebound from it. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Brady, Elway, or Favre not have the best games by their standards, but when it comes down to it, they make the few plays they needs at the end of a game for his team to win. You don’t see that in Rodgers. In the end, the Packers won’t win the SB because they aren’t going to blow out 3-4 straight playoff caliber teams.

  4. RIDICULOUSLY EARLY…..I know.

    But Bell’s start in two years would project to some Cantonese food for thought.

    And he’d be the second “26” from the Steelers to get a hall call. Rod Woodson being the first.

    So many Steelers in Canton they can’t retire numbers only Stautner (70) and this year Mean Joe (75).

  5. Say what you want but that many touches without a fumble is amazing. Bell has proven to be in the discussion for one of the top few RBs in the league even though the MVP goes elsewhere.

  6. Also lost in the comparison is DeMarcos 351 carries compared to Lev Bells 262.

    Harder to determine but equally true is LeVeons pass blocking expertise. Not mentioned here but Ben mentions that just about every other time he talks about Bell.

    Eddie who?

  7. Cowboys aren’t where they are this year without Murray. He is pacing every game for them and forces defenses to pay attention to him which is allowing Romo to be more consistent.

    Not fumbling is impressive but I don’t think it should be a stat that moves him upwards in the MVP conversation.

    Hard to not be impressed with the AFC north. Might have half the AFC playoff teams this year and while the Bengals still have some bungle in them, NOBODY wants to see Baltimore or Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

  8. Bell has been a beast this year. No doubt about that. The zero fumbles is a huge win for him and the Steelers.

    Marshawn Lynch has 2 fumbles this year on just over 1400 total yards and 14 total TDs.

    If Rodgers doesn’t get the MVP, I’ll be very surprised. That’s just the way the voting goes. If the Texans had made the playoffs, there’s no way JJ Watt doesn’t win MVP. But, the way the voting goes, Watt will get DPY and Rodgers will get MVP.

  9. The way that the Saints dominated Bell and the Steelers coupled with last night’s thrashing of the hapless Bears is clear evidence that the MVP is Drew’s to lose.

  10. He sounds like a great candidate for consideration. I don’t think a player should be considered for an MVP award until their compensation has been included in the analysis, and his level is advantageous for computing what his “value” is. The Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards are there for those who produce the best absolute performance contribution, whereas MVP should be a net determination. Value is more important to assess as a team’s winning ability is only as strong as the aggregate value of the entire team at all player and staff support positions.

  11. if you think he looks like an MVP candidate now, wait until after he shreds the KC defense Sunday !

  12. The state of Michigan produces some mighty fine RB’s. If I’m a GM I’m drafting and back who is either from there or went to college there

  13. I think Bell is the best running back since Tomlinson and Antonio Brown is the best WR since Jerry Rice. He catches everything and his moves are off the chart. 10 targets last week and caught all 10. Amazing. And he blocks like a pit bull

  14. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 16, 2014 12:23 PM
    Just think, green bay passed on him to select another Alabama bust!

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    Wrong as usual ariel… Packers didn’t pass on Bell. Steelers picked him 13 spots ahead of the Pack in round 2. 2771 yds from scrimmage and 23 touchdowns in less than 2 years doesn’t sound like a bust to me!

  15. The Steelers are already eliminated from the playoffs without Bell this season. He’s been THAT important to the team.

  16. I was on the Aaron Rodgers for MVP bandwagon because that team would be the worst in the NFL without him. But shouldn’t an MVP be able to complete more than 17 of 42 passes in a key late-season game? Two interceptions and a fumble too? His numbers are amazing at home but he turns pretty ordinary on the road.

  17. Le’Veon Bell could be the best RB in the NFL but he doesn’t get the recognition of some of the others. Bell has incredible patience and vision. He has way exceeded expectations.

  18. donny1rodriguez says:
    Dec 16, 2014 12:15 PM
    They had the choice of C.J. Mosley or Zach Martin and they went with Ryan Shazier…ouch

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    People were saying the same thing about Lacy and Bell — “They had the opportunity to go with Lacy or Bell and chose Bell. Good choice, morons.” You don’t hear that as much now.

    Not taking anything away from Lacy as he’s having a solid year, but it goes to show that you can’t evaluate the contribution a guy is going to make purely from their first season, particularly when they lose part of the year due to injury (as Bell did during his first year, and as Shazier did this year). Mosley may wind up being the better choice in the long run, but you can’t say that yet.

  19. Why don’t they call it what it really is…The Quarterback Award. “Cane Daddy” …Justin Forsett? Really? Try joining the conversation next time.

  20. The Steelers are the most successful NFL franchise second to none, they`ve accumulated 6 rings and they`ve employed 3 head coaches since 1969. They have stolen commitment to excellence from the Raiders, they`ve been relevant for 5 decades unmatched by anyone.

    The Oakland Raiders have employed 15 head coaches since 1969, a destroyed franchise.

    MVP is important as Best Dressed in high school, who cares!!!!

  21. The MVP in the new NFL is best quarterback for a QB driven league, The new NFL where you get fined for making aggresive physical hits on QB’s. Makes me sick. as Kobe likes to say “soft as charmin”

  22. It’s a shame the voters continuously vote the QB position as the MVP… Players like Bell, Watts, and Murray are definitely deserved of the award.

  23. donny1rodriguez says:
    Dec 16, 2014 12:15 PM

    They had the choice of C.J. Mosley or Zach Martin and they went with Ryan Shazier…ouch

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    Last year, people like you said they had a choice of Eddie Lacy and they chose Bell…ouch

    Well, in year 2, the truth comes out why Bell was the better pick over Lacy… just like it will next year in year 2 for Shazier, he’ll be the better choice over Mosley.

    I don’t know why you mention Zach Martin bc Steelers were set on the O-line with no need for another guard. That’s like saying the Colts should use their 1st round pick on a QB.

  24. I think Bell deserves the MVP award, but he wont get it. Well maybe if he averages 300 yards in the next two games and scores 8 TD’s and catches 25 passes, and Rogers as a bad game.

  25. He’s the best running back in the NFL….Twice last Sunday he laid out blitzing linebackers on 3rd down, and allowed Ben to complete passes for 1st downs…

  26. Shazier instead of Mosley this year.

    Bell instead of Lacy last year.

    Bell and Lacy, very good players.
    Edge to Bell

    Same thing will be said next year about Shazier and Mosley.

  27. Can someone please explain how Brady is a candidate when Ben has ben has better stats and leads the number one offense with the number 2 passing attack? Ben comp pct 67.2. Brady 64.4 , Ben Yds 4415. Brady 3847, Ben 8.1 avg Brady. 7.2 Ben 315.4 yds per game. Brady. 274.8, Ben. 29 tds. Brady. 31. Ben 8 ints. Brady. 8 Ben. 103.4. Rating, Brady. 99.8

    oh I forgot when Ben has MVP stats we just kinda ignore me and hope they go away by not talking about them. Carry on nfl.

  28. MVP: Rogers

    Defensive Player of the year: JJ

    Rookie of the year: Odell Beckham Jr.

    Coach of the Year : Bruce Arians.

    If your list is different from this one then you are wrong!

  29. I really wanted the Steelers to take Lacy, but after this year I’m glad they took Bell. I do agree with an earlier post that without Bell we would probably have 4 or 5 less wins.

  30. The AFC North drew the NFC South and the AFC South as division opponents this year, the worst divisions of all, with one good team out of 8 (Indy).

    That’s why AFC North teams have inflated records, inflated stats, and inflated egos that will go down in flames immediately next month.

  31. If not this season, absolutely next season; if he continues to play and run the way he does.

    Bell is a huge part of this offense and without him, I’m not sure we’d have some of these games in the win column.

    I love Peyton Manning as much as the next person, but good lord, there are other great players and MVP candidates in this league other than Peyton, Brady, and Rogers!

  32. justtherealfacts says:
    Dec 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    Can someone please explain how Brady is a candidate when Ben has ben has better stats and leads the number one offense with the number 2 passing attack? Ben comp pct 67.2. Brady 64.4 , Ben Yds 4415. Brady 3847, Ben 8.1 avg Brady. 7.2 Ben 315.4 yds per game. Brady. 274.8, Ben. 29 tds. Brady. 31. Ben 8 ints. Brady. 8 Ben. 103.4. Rating, Brady. 99.8

    oh I forgot when Ben has MVP stats we just kinda ignore me and hope they go away by not talking about them. Carry on nfl.

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    This should be obvious. Brady has fewer weapons and has lead his team to the best record in the NFL. And I am not a Brady fan at all. I also don’t think Brady will be the MVP this year…

  33. Brown will win the Steelers team MVP
    Ben will win the NFL MVP
    Bell will win the SB MVP.

    Not sure there’s enough room in the trophy case for all those awards. Maybe we can rent space from Cincy, or the Patriots.

  34. The MVP award will probably go to a QB named Brady, Rodgers, or Manning on name recognition alone. Congrats to one of them. Give it to Flacco for all I care.

    CJ Mosley is the real deal, he produced right out of the gate. As a Steeler fan, I have no choice but to wait it out and see if Shazier can get himself together.

    The Bell vs Lacy argument is silly. Both are good, but I support the one on my favorite football team.

  35. Unfortunately, Bell won’t be considered. The MVP award will go to the league’s darling, and we all know who that is.

  36. Sure glad the steelers picked up bell over all them other losers. He’s got the whole package. Can’t wait to see him stampede through them weak afc defenses when the games really count.

  37. Aren’t the Colts 10-4 with Andrew Luck leading in all major passing categories? He also has rushing yards and rushing TDs. I don’t understand the debate. Ben is #2 in yards with Rodgers #7 by the way. Rodgers has the highest passer rating but barely cracks the top 5 in other categories and has been very inconsistent. Brady is fourth in TDs but that’s it. Luck, maybe Manning.

  38. All4patriots,

    Soooo the steelers drew the AFC and NFC south and the Patriots are in a division with the Jets, Phins and Bills. The Patriots up until this season with the Bills turning a corner and the Dolphins doing the same have been in a cupcake division for a majority of Brady’s tenure. The jets have had a few runs as well but nothing consistent. Yet here you are knocking the AFC North. I think we should talk about spy gate some as well.

  39. I can just see it:

    During one of the next few games left, a statbox comes up indicating he hasn’t fumbled, and on the very next run play…

    Joking aside though, to get this far in the season without a fumble is mighty impressive.

    And the MVP really is just the MVQ nowadays.

  40. I think that when y0u add up Le’Veon Bell’s total touches, his tremendous production in both the rushing and passing games, his ball security, his durability and clutch performance, not to mention his solid blocking…it’s inescapable logic. There is no question that he’s the best all-round RB in the NFL.

  41. While it’s silly to think MVP will happen since, unless you’re breaking NFL records like Tomlinson and AD, it’ll go to a QB… Is OPOY far fetched? If he finishes with two more big games and gets Pittsburgh into the playoffs?

    I think people are way too quick to give DeMarco Murray “best RB in the league this year”…

    Yes, Murray has 400 more rushing yards than Bell, but he’s carried the ball nearly 100 times more, and Bell has a better yards per carry average. Murray has also fumbled 3 times, Bell has 0. Bell also has 76 catches for 765 yards and 3 TDs while Murray has 54 catches for 365 and no TDs.

    Bell has 10 total TDs. DeMarco has 11. Bell has 100 total yards fewer than Murray, on nearly 80 fewer touches.

    IMO, Bell has has been the best RB in the league this year. I mean, he’s having a year in which, of the fumbling thing holds up, he’ll be on two separate lists with on having only he and Walter Payton on it, and the other with only he, Barry Sanders, and Marshall Faulk. Elite company.

  42. And there’s my impressive math lol. Bell has roughly the same total yards as Murray on nearly 80 fewer touches. Which only helps my argument lol

  43. You may not win the real NFK MVP award, Le’Veon, but just know that you are my fantasy geam’s MVP brother. So I’m sure that is a good enough consolation! Now let’s take home this championship on Sunday buddy!

  44. You may not win the real NFL MVP award, Le’Veon, but just know that you are my fantasy team’s MVP brother. So I’m sure that is a good enough consolation! Now let’s take home this championship on Sunday buddy!

  45. The race is between JJ Watt and Aaron Rodgers. JJ Watt had a terrific game but still lost. Rodgers had an awful game and the team was blown out. Sorry Texans fans. Watt is an elite player, one of the best at any position in the league, but a DE has nowhere near the impact of a QB, especially an elite one like Rodgers.

  46. That’s because he holds the ball like a bag of Doritos after a day in the country with a bag of Maui’s best.

    Tommy Chong

  47. Can someone please explain how Brady is a candidate when Ben has ben has better stats and leads the number one offense with the number 2 passing attack? Ben comp pct 67.2. Brady 64.4 , Ben Yds 4415. Brady 3847, Ben 8.1 avg Brady. 7.2 Ben 315.4 yds per game. Brady. 274.8, Ben. 29 tds. Brady. 31. Ben 8 ints. Brady. 8 Ben. 103.4. Rating, Brady. 99.8

    oh I forgot when Ben has MVP stats we just kinda ignore me and hope they go away by not talking about them. Carry on nfl.

    ————————————————–

    This should be obvious. Brady has fewer weapons and has lead his team to the best record in the NFL. And I am not a Brady fan at all. I also don’t think Brady will be the MVP this year…

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    I forgot poor tom throws to two hacks named Gronkowsiki and eldeman.

  48. Top 10 Rbs in NFL History:

    1. Barry Sanders
    2. Walter Payton
    3. Le’Veon Bell
    4. Jim Brown
    5. Marshall Faulk
    6. Eric Dickerson
    7. O.J. Simpson
    8. Earl Campbell
    9. Gale Sayers
    10. Emmit Smith

  49. It’s pretty fair to say Big Ben is at the very least a top-3 QB of all time. It’s also reasonable to put Bell in the top-5 in RBs of all time. Antonio Brown should already be considered the best WR ever because no one will ever be able to do what he does. 6 rings.

  50. juststeel says: Dec 16, 2014 5:38 PM

    Why is Big Ben not in the MVP conversation?

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    Because his 5000 yd season will be on the hush hush,
    another words if your in the booth or one of the talking heads on nfl network you will be told gloss
    over it like it never happened. You will see how fast 5000 yds becomes meaningless and becomes a after thought.

  51. Ben being modest as usual. Seems to me he’s the only quarterback to have over 500 yards passing and 6 touchdowns two games in a row. He’s passing the torch to L. Bell after games like that. Rogers, why are we even talking about him.

    It’s called teamwork, the Steelers started out rough in the beginning of the season. Got rid of Pouncey a bad seed, and the offense started to click. Ben is the Captain of the offense, and I won’t talk about Haley as he just needs to go. As an offense in total, they started to grind out the issue’s and started to click.

    This is a team effort. As always the Steelers way.

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