While the Pittsburgh Steelers remain firmly entrenched in the “L” column, they have gone two straight games without a major injury. If nothing else the law of averages appears to be working in their favor. For the moment.
Bell is going through practice and Mike Tomlin expects him to play. Which is good. However, word is that Bell might even start.
- Is it really wise for the Steelers to consider starting Bell?
- Beyond that, what has Bell done to earn the starting role?
Bell was the talk of the early part of training camp. But his resume includes nothing other than 4 underwhelming carries in preseason. A decision to start bell could amount to an indictment of the current roster of running backs. Neither Jonathan Dwyer, nor Felix Jones, nor Isaac Redman have done anything to stake a claim to the starting role.
- Why change now?
Playing Bell, assuming he’s healthy, is a wise move. But handing him the starting job, could send the wrong signal, and this worry is only reinforced by Ben Roethlisberger‘s decision to call the rookie’s preparation into question.