Todd Haley: Jets have to show patience with Le’Veon Bell

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Le'Veon Bell‘s running style is a patient one as he showed throughout his time with the Steelers that he is content to wait for a hole to present itself before charging forward into the line.

That’s not the way every running back approaches their job and it is something that the Jets are going to have to adjust to as they get ready for Bell’s first season with the team. It’s also been a while since Bell has taken part in a football game and former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said the combination of those things will require the Jets to show the same kind of patience that Bell shows when it comes to seeing a return on this offseason’s big investment.

“It’ll take time. I don’t think it will be Game One,” Haley said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “Plus, with all the new guys, all the new guys up front, I think there will have to be some patience. I know New York. It’ll be like, ‘We got Le’Veon — here we go!’ I think you have to set the bar a little lower to start.”

The Jets will have a few months to work with Bell before the start of the season, but there won’t be an easy way to simulate what the regular season is going to look and feel like for the offense. That may make Haley correct about the need to keep expectations to a reasonable level, although that may be a tough sell to those who will be reacting to the way the Jets break from the gate in 2019.

45 responses to “Todd Haley: Jets have to show patience with Le’Veon Bell

  1. Coulnd’t the Jets have spent a fraction of the money they spent on Bell to get a back that they could have ‘expectations kept at a reasonable level”?

  2. Would that be the same Todd Haley who played Tyrod Taylor ahead of Baker Mayfield and Carlos Hyde ahead of Nick Chubb? The same Todd Haley who was fired by two different teams within a calendar year? Just askin.

  3. It can’t hurt to have a great RB, but the Steelers tend to make RBs look good. It will be interesting to see how Bell looks after not playing for so long with a different OL in front of him.

  4. Yes, Todd Haley is such an expert on all things football. Ask the Steelers. Ask Nick Chubb. Ask Baker Mayfield. The line will block their same way. Le’Veon will wait for his hole to open up as he as done his whole career.

  5. It is pathetic that the Jets are already making excusing for this guy. He is getting paid a fortune and should be able to hit the ground running (literally and figuratively) on day one.

  6. The guy’s been out of the game for a year and some of the more recent photos suggest things like “gyms” and “cardio” may have become foreign to him. I put the odds for him having a sub-600 yard season higher than him breaking 1,000 yards.

  7. In the last season he played with the Steelers (2017) Bell was fairly average. Low yards per carry and few long runs. Maybe he can help the Jets catching passes.

  8. i’m pretty sure when the Jets paid Bell lots of money they expected him to be ready to contribute NOW he’s no longer a rookie so there’s no reason “to be patient” him Haley making excuses for Bell already is a bad look

  9. The Pats will win the division and the Jets will suck.
    Really put myself out on a limb there….

  10. Haley – this guys advice is worthless, much like his play calling and game preparation. Haley & Bell…. two guys who way overvalue their self worth.

  11. October 4th 2018 Cleveland Browns Press conference

    Hue Jackson earlier in the night to the press – “We need to get Nick Chubb out there more.”

    Todd Haley’s response when at the podium – ““Carlos (Hyde) has done nothing but get stronger as each game has gone on,”.

    “It’s not as easy as saying, ‘All right, we’ve got to split these carries’ because (Hyde) is our starter, he’s our workhorse….”

    Two weeks later Carlos Hyde was traded. That and Baker Mayfields stats under him pretty much killed any credibility he might have had as a coach.

  12. Shouldn’t running back be one of those positions that you can more or less drop someone in right away and expect them to perform at a high level?

  13. I know New York. It’ll be like, ‘We got Le’Veon — here we go!’ I think you have to set the bar a little lower to start.”

    Umm, Todd, it’s the Jets, the bar is already low. Not sure it can go lower.

  14. Yep, the O line will have to get used to sticking with their blocks. It will take some time to gel with a RB who operates more “patiently” then most others. They’ll be fine though.

  15. The same Todd Haley who was shocked the Browns canned him because he was just “waiting around for Jackson to get fired” so he could take the job? He’s an idiot with no credibility whatsoever.

  16. jurgyisgod says:
    March 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    It is pathetic that the Jets are already making excusing for this guy. He is getting paid a fortune and should be able to hit the ground running (literally and figuratively) on day one.

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    Todd Haley is in no way affiliated with the Jets and nobody on the Jets is making any excuses for him, from everything they have tweeted/said they plan to hit the ground running with him.

  17. patience on arrival to mini camp, patience on arrival to OTA’s, patience on arrival to camp, patience on arrival to pre-game walk throughs, patience awaiting drug test results.
    New Yolk gots lots of patience, im sure

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    March 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    jurgyisgod says:
    March 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    It is pathetic that the Jets are already making excusing for this guy. He is getting paid a fortune and should be able to hit the ground running (literally and figuratively) on day one.
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    Todd Haley is in no way affiliated with the Jets and nobody on the Jets is making any excuses for him, from everything they have tweeted/said they plan to hit the ground running with him.
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  19. Bell is one marijuana test away from giving up on the NFL and taking his guaranteed $ and going back to jet skiing, rapping and smoking dope.

    Good luck with all that J-E-T-S fans

  20. Hi, I’m Todd Haley. I believe in pampering superstar primadonnas. And because of this belief, I am constantly in high demand for a coaching job. Thank you for listening to me.

  21. I don’t think patience is going to be an issue with the talent level of the Jets O-line, they are no were near the level of the Steelers. Instead of having 3, 4 or even 5 seconds to cruise behind the Steelers line then decide where to cut once the LB’s have committed, he is going to have maybe a 1/2 step after getting a hand-off (even if that much) before he has a DT or LB in his face. Haley must be confused where Le’Veon is going because if he doesn’t get at least 100 yards in their first game the NY press will crucify him. Wasted Free Agent, again, for the Jets.

  22. Jets fans please learn not to listen to the media. Most of them never put on a jock strap so they are NOT the people to listen to to help formulate an educated opinion.

  23. Why should the Jets have to wait and slowly use Bell.
    He is the most bestest back ever according to him and his agent, he has a full year of rest under his belt.
    For the $$ he is being paid he needs to kick @$$ and take names from minute 1.

  24. Why is it everything with the Jets has to be “be satisfied with a little progress”? Meantime other teams improve from 5-11 to 13-3, never the Jets.

  25. It’ll be interesting to see if he changes his running style at all. In college, Bell was a 244 lbs power back who came into the NFL as a downhill runner who also had great agility. Michigan State had a pretty good O-line too, but Bell still hit the hole pretty readily. In Pittsburgh, as we all know, he dropped a ton of weight and gained more patience behind his blocks. So the question now is this-can Bell adjust to hitting the hole when it appears, as he did in college, instead of allowing holes to develop behind a poor O-line? I doubt he gains weight (purposefully, at least) again in his older age, but we’ll see if Bell adapts his running style again or if the Jets try to build their line around him.

  26. If Haley had said the Jets Oline needs to adjust to Bell’s running style and make that adjustment by the end of training camp it would have made sense.

    But patience? Nobody in NYC is going to be patient with Bell though, and if he doesn’t play well right from the start the media and fans will be all over him, and oh boy will the Steelers fans be lighting up Bell’s twitter account with further abuse and ridicule.

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