A stifling defense fired up and ready to terrorize a bad quarterback. That’s exactly what we predicted would happen when the Texans hosted the Jaguars last Luke Willson Youth Jersey week. And we were right, except that it was the Jaguars defense doing that to Tom Savage and the Texans.
It’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t for the first week of the season. Some teams are ready to go; some are rusty. This week on the podcast, Stephen White Ernie Stautner Womens Jersey and myself had a real discussion about what was real and what wasn’t from the first week of the season and how that will end up shaping the games for Week 2.
Before going any further, I should state I realize there is a lot of season left, and Bell will likely turn things around. If you are someone not rooting for Bell to improve his game, you are ultimately rooting against the success of the team. Why? Because if Bell is at his best, so is the Steelers’ offense.
Nonetheless, not matter how you slice it, Bell isn’t showing the front office just how much he is worth, but quite possibly putting doubt into their minds regarding a new contract after the 2017 NFL season.
When Bell walked from the team’s offer and decided to play under the franchise tag for 2017, I publicly stated it could be a good deal for both sides. If Bell performs well, he will get his money, whether with Pittsburgh or somewhere else. And if Bell doesn’t perform, the Steelers could have saved themselves a lot of money either in Bell’s next contract, or not being on the hook for a long-term deal.
With all that said, the Steelers and Bell didn’t get a deal done, and Bell’s bet on himself isn’t starting out well. To use a horse racing analogy, out of the gate, Bell has stumbled, but there is still a lot of track to recover and finish the race strong. If I had to guess, this race might just come down to the wire.