Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Confident That Le’Veon Bell Can Live up to the Billing

Published 12/26/2020, 8:00 AM EST
Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


With the regular season winding down to a close, the Kansas City Chiefs will have to look at options other than rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire at running back.

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With Clyde picking up injuries in the game against the New Orleans Saints, the responsibility of carrying the ball out from the backfield now rests on former Steeler Le’Veon Bell.

Bell, who was signed by the Chief’s mid-way through the 2020 season, has been used rather sparingly by the franchise this season. But with Clyde set to sit out the rest of the regular season, the stage is set for Bell to stake his claim for the starting spot.

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Le’Veon Bell is ready to seize the moment

Talking to the press, Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said that he has confidence in Bell to lead the Chiefs’ running game. 

“Le’Veon Bell has played in this league long enough to know football.. Now he may be learning a different language. But when it’s all said and done, football is football.

“He’ll be able to connect the two dots if that language doesn’t quite snap in. I’m not concerned with Le’Veon at all. Like I said… the next man is up,” said Bieniemy.

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Bieniemy said that Bell has the mindset to adapt to the challenges that lie ahead. He also said that he admires Le’Veon Bell’s inquisitive nature. 

“He’s smart, he’s intelligent. He takes the game home. He’s a football junkie. He just gets it. And that’s the thing that I love about him: just his football intellect.

“And on top of that, he’s always asking questions — because he wants to know exactly what to do and how to do it the right way,” he added. 

Back in the league after rocky few seasons

Bell’s time with the Steelers was marred with controversy. After missing several games through the 2015 and 2016 due to drug-related suspensions and injuries, the running back also had quite the contract saga in 2018. 

In 2019, Le’Veon Bell found a new home in New York when he signed with the Jets. His time with the Jets, however, was short-lived as the franchise cut him midway through the 2020 season. The Chiefs took the gamble and signed the former Pro-Bowler for the rest of the current season. 

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Oct 11, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell (26) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson (96). Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

In Bell, the Chiefs have a quality running back. If the past form is anything to go by, the running back has the ability to win games single handedly.

If Bell can get going, a Chiefs’ offense boasting of the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce can pose a serious threat to the opposition defenses. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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