Pittsburgh Steelers, Fans Frustrated With Le'Veon Bell

"Even if he came back this week, it would take a while to get over"

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 7:30 am

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Le’Veon Bell is not the most popular person in Pittsburgh right now, and former Steelers punter Josh Miller isn’t the least bit surprised. 

Bell’s teammates love his production on the field, but they don’t love that he has sat out two consecutive training camps – and is likely going to miss regular-season action.

“Everybody has a tipping point,” Miller said on Taz & The Moose. “This is not the first year they did this. They had to answer and go to bat for him last year even when probably half of them thought he was ridiculous for saying no to what he was saying no to contract-wise. I think they had enough.”

Bell was reportedly offered a five-year, $70 million deal that included $33 million in guarantees. Bell, however, wanted more – and now his teammates are suffering as a result.

“Hey, screw you,” Miller said, explaining the mindset of Bell’s teammates. “We’re done going to bat for you. We have guys that can get the job done. We have a Hall of Fame quarterback, we have a Hall of Fame wide receiver, you know what they're paying that O-Line there – it’s ridiculous – and you got James Conner, who probably is one of the greatest stories in the NFL that no one knows about. Beating cancer and coming back – he’s easy to root for. They’re all playing their cards, but let’s face it: (Bell) is the best running back in the league, and if he was there tomorrow, they’d all be happy again.”

While multiple Steelers – including Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey – have publicly criticized Bell, fans aren’t too happy with him, either.

“I think everybody has a true sense of being let down,” Miller said. “They want to win a championship. Ben’s clock is ticking. These are the best years to do it. They really do see that clock wearing out with Ben, with even AB (Antonio Brown). It’s a shame. This was a year it was supposed to happen, and for him to be pulling this – why didn’t you tell us at the beginning? We could have signed Dion Lewis. He’s pulling this crap now when it’s too late. That’s what’s bothering everybody.”

It remains to be seen when this saga will end, but if Bell returns to the Steelers’ locker room, he’ll have some fences to mend.

“They’re not going to like him,” Miller said. “He’s already alienated himself as it is. Even if he came back this week, it would take a while to get over. I don’t know. I also know this is as well: This isn’t his agent. This isn’t his agent. His agent tried pushing him back out of the nest a few times. But he just doesn’t want to come back. This is absolutely Bell trying to prove some point. If you talk to him one-on-one, he’s a nice guy. But for some reason, he’s on a mission to do something no one’s ever done. I don’t understand. 

“He pulled off the most incredible thing, the hardest thing to do: to be able to be arguably one of the best at his position, arguably play for the one of the best organizations with the best fan base, and also be at the peak of his career – and be a disappointment. It’s incredible that you can do that.”