Bill Belichick passes on Le’Veon Bell question

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The fact that the Patriots haven’t been flagged as a potential destination for running back Le'Veon Bell makes the Patriots a potential destination for Le’Veon Bell, because when the Patriots have interest in someone it’s not known by anyone until they sign him.

On Thursday, a reporter asked Patriots coach Bill Belichick about Bell, who became a free agent on Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t be able to really talk about anybody that’s not a member of our team now,” Belichick said. “So I’d have to pass on that one. Whatever I’ve said about Bell before on the record, I stand by that, for sure.”

So what has Belichick said in the past?

Via the New York Post, here’s what he said in 2019, before a game against the Jets: “Bell’s clearly one of the top backs in the league. Outstanding with the ball in his hands, great receiver, just a really hard matchup player and does an excellent job of breaking tackles. He’s a hard guy to get on the ground, whether he spins, jumps over guys, makes them miss in the open field, puts his shoulder down and runs through them.”

Three years earlier, Belichick was even more effusive. “Oh my God,” Belichick said before a game against the Steelers. “Oh yeah. He’s a tremendous player, great hands, catches the ball, very quick, makes people miss, strong, breaks tackles, excellent balance, tough, doesn’t run out of bounds, fights for extra yardage, a great player. . . . But Bell’s as good as anybody we’ll play.”

If the Patriots don’t make a move for Bell, they’ll have to play him once (if he chooses the Dolphins), twice (if he picks the Bills), and maybe in the playoffs (if he selects the Chiefs).

The report of Bell’s three finalists undoubtedly comes from Bell himself. If Bell truly has designs on the Patriots, the last thing he’ll do is say so on or off the record, because the Patriots always make it clear to players and agents that if anyone says anything about New England interest, it’s over.

21 responses to “Bill Belichick passes on Le’Veon Bell question

  1. So here’s the thing, Bell is torn between playing for anyone in the AFC EAST. If you play for the Dolphins, then maybe the Patriots say I told you so. Or you sign with Buffalo, and get hammered by NE & MIA defenses for not signing with them. Just sign with NE

  2. The Pats are loaded at RB. BB always listens so it’s
    probably why Douglas called and asked for a 7th rder or a conditional pick. but that would be real dumb by BB.

    BB buttering up a player before he plays him isn’t new. I remember BB doing that and then having his gameplan be to take out the Pitt WRs and contain Ben, where Bell got his yards, but he wasn’t the main focus either.

    Makes zero sense to bring him in when Damien Harris is there and JJ Taylor can barely get reps due to the great versatilty, quality and depth they have.

    Just because BB kicks tires and the agent leaks the info to create demand credibility, doesn’t mean it’s legit interest.

  3. He doesn’t “have to pass”. He can absolutely talk about him b/c Bell is a FA. He’d only “not be able to really talk” about him if Bell was still on the Jets. That BB didn’t say he’s focused on the guys on the team and preparing for Denver says more than what he did say. But the good old NE reporters are so scared of BB, they don’t dare ask a meaningful follow up.

  4. He hasn’t got it anymore. If he has still got it, he didn’t show it in New York so that means he wasn’t trying. Who wants a player like that on their team?

  5. How many players have left the Steelers in search of greener pasture$ only to see their careers go down hill or just flat out crash and burn? This guy may end up on the scrap heap too.

  6. Well Belichick certainly doesn’t need him to get insight on Gase’s playbook.
    Run for short yardage
    Pass to outie for 1 or 2 yards
    Need 7 yards for first down, call play for another short pass
    Send out punting team.

  7. Belichick’s decision to pass on Bell is a Moneyball decision. He really likes what Bell can do but does not think that the value he would bring is justified by the cost.
    He has never really thrown a lot of money at RB and would have been quite a departure for him.
    On top of it all, this season the running game is one of the team strengths.
    If a WR or linebacker becomes available then better chance he will loosen the purse strings.

  8. Report: Le’Veon Bell’s career is just about over because of, you guessed it Le’Veon Bell!

  9. I doubt anyone signs this clown. The ultimate ‘me’ player, selfishness is so bad his own behavior is detrimental to his paycheck. No motivation other than money, a locker room cancer, hey- what could go wrong?

  10. If he wants a Championship he will sign with the Chiefs. The Patriots are coming back to the pack, the Chiefs are not.

  11. dlw492 says:
    October 15, 2020 at 11:44 am
    So here’s the thing, Bell is torn between playing for anyone in the AFC EAST. If you play for the Dolphins, then maybe the Patriots say I told you so. Or you sign with Buffalo, and get hammered by NE & MIA defenses for not signing with them. Just sign with NE

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    Hammered by the MIA defense? Haha….good one!!

  12. bostonblows says:
    October 15, 2020 at 11:53 am
    Why would anyone with options want to sign with New England?

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    You mean, why would anyone want to sign with the winningest organization with the best and most stable coaching and culture? The place where everyone who joins from another organization says they do everything—from the top down—at a higher, more disciplined level compared to where they previously were??

    Why would anyone want THAT??

  13. Every running back has struggled on the Jets since Curtis Martin left…Bell still has some Juice imho…for fantasy purposes anyway…

  14. spicypadthai says:
    October 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    He doesn’t “have to pass”. He can absolutely talk about him b/c Bell is a FA. He’d only “not be able to really talk” about him if Bell was still on the Jets. That BB didn’t say he’s focused on the guys on the team and preparing for Denver says more than what he did say. But the good old NE reporters are so scared of BB, they don’t dare ask a meaningful follow up.
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    He didn’t say “because hes on another team”, he said because the player is not currently on the Patriots. This is not a new policy. Its always been that way. Had the reporters, ANY reporters, been intent on holding out for more info they would still be holding out even now.

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