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Thread: Tomlin: Choice between Bell and Lacy was easy (SI)

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    --- The Steelers backed off Eddie Lacy in the draft in part because of his injured big toe, which was fused by surgery. Tomlin said Tuesday the decision to draft Le’Veon Bell instead of Lacy in the second round was no contest.

    “It was an easy decision for me. Again, probably because of the things that I talked about with his versatility that he’s displayed here but also at Michigan State. Obviously, Lacy is a top-quality back and rightfully so. He was a great back at Alabama. Obviously, he is over 1,000 yards and is proving his worth in Green Bay. Probably it’s just a matter of preference.

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    I don't see that big of a difference in the versatility aspect. Lacy has 31 catches and Bell has 43 catches, Lacy has over a 1,000 yards and Bell has 646 rushing, those are similar numbers for two #1 backs in the NFL. If we had Lacy, I'd be just as happy as I am with Bell. Now, if Lacy only had 10-15 catches then I'd give you the versatility slant on the selection.

    The Steelers liked Bell better and that's fine, it's working for the Steelers. The Packers liked Lacy better and that's fine, it's working for the Packers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    And you know this how? Lacy breaks a lot of tackles it isn't just the OL.
    I can read palms and I read his palm. Obviously I don't know, but it is my opinion that Adrian Peterson wouldnt have gained 800 yards on 200 carries, the same amount of carries Bell has with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon View Post
    I don't see that big of a difference in the versatility aspect. Lacy has 31 catches and Bell has 43 catches, Lacy has over a 1,000 yards and Bell has 646 rushing, those are similar numbers for two #1 backs in the NFL. If we had Lacy, I'd be just as happy as I am with Bell. Now, if Lacy only had 10-15 catches then I'd give you the versatility slant on the selection.

    The Steelers liked Bell better and that's fine, it's working for the Steelers. The Packers liked Lacy better and that's fine, it's working for the Packers.

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    Agree both are looking like really good backs, but Bell definitely is more versatile. He has a dozen more catches after missing the first three games of the season and most of the preseason.

    Having a back who's reliable catching passes out of the backfield is a huge plus. Bell is only 9 catches from passing John L. Williams for the Steeler record for catches by a back, and only 202 yards away from passing FRANCO HARRIS for the all-time rookie record for yards from scrimmage.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/versa...shing-steelers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelCrazy View Post
    I can read palms and I read his palm. Obviously I don't know, but it is my opinion that Adrian Peterson wouldnt have gained 800 yards on 200 carries, the same amount of carries Bell has with us.
    That's crazy... I know it sounds good to say it but that's insane... AP is a beast and runs like a Gazelle on Steroids. He would definitely have 1,000 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon View Post
    I don't see that big of a difference in the versatility aspect. Lacy has 31 catches and Bell has 43 catches, Lacy has over a 1,000 yards and Bell has 646 rushing, those are similar numbers for two #1 backs in the NFL. If we had Lacy, I'd be just as happy as I am with Bell. Now, if Lacy only had 10-15 catches then I'd give you the versatility slant on the selection.

    The Steelers liked Bell better and that's fine, it's working for the Steelers. The Packers liked Lacy better and that's fine, it's working for the Packers.

    Pappy
    Watching both I still like Lacy more but I can live with Bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelsnis View Post
    Agree both are looking like really good backs, but Bell definitely is more versatile. He has a dozen more catches after missing the first three games of the season and most of the preseason.

    Having a back who's reliable catching passes out of the backfield is a huge plus. Bell is only 9 catches from passing John L. Williams for the Steeler record for catches by a back, and only 202 yards away from passing FRANCO HARRIS for the all-time rookie record for yards from scrimmage.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/versa...shing-steelers
    Not to mention in an O that is less geared for the pass.
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    Head-to-head: Packers RB Eddie Lacy vs. Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

    By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Dec 21, 2013




    The Steelers had a chance to take Eddie Lacy in the second round of the NFL draft, but they opted instead to select Le'Veon Bell with the 48th overall pick. And they are glad they did.

    Even though Lacy has already emerged as one of the top running backs in the league and is on the verge of establishing a number of rookie records for the Green Bay Packers, the Steelers have never looked back at their decision to take Bell.

    "It was an easy decision for me," coach Mike Tomlin said.

    While Lacy has four 100-yard rushing games and is one of just nine backs in the league with more than 1,000 yards rushing, Bell has become something of a focal point and dual threat in the Steelers offense despite not having a 100-yard rush game.

    He has touched the ball 144 times in the past five games for 605 yards and three touchdowns.

    Last week, Bell upstaged Cincinnati's Giovani Bernard -- the first running back taken in the 2013 draft -- in a 30-20 victory against the Bengals, combining for 107 yards on 29 touches and scoring a touchdown. Bernard was held to 33 yards rushing and 13 receiving.

    Now Bell gets another chance against Lacy, the more heralded running back from the 2013 draft class, when the Steelers face the Packers today at Lambeau Field.

    "Le'Veon is a great back," Lacy said the other day. "They picked who they wanted, and I landed in a great place. I'm happy where I am."

    So are the Packers.

    Lacy has four 100-yard rushing games and leads all NFL rookies with 1,028 rushing yards. But, after a slow start, he has rushed for 977 yards in the past 11 games, more than any other back in that stretch.

    "You have to love his running style," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy, a Greenfield native who went to the former Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead. "He breaks a ton of tackles, he's always leaning forward and he has excellent balance.

    He's one of those football players where the game comes very natural to him."

    Like a lot of other NFL teams, the Steelers thought Lacy was the best running back in the 2013 draft, a dominant runner at Alabama who rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns his final season with the Crimson Tide

    But, like a lot of teams, the Steelers were reluctant to use a high pick on Lacy because of medical questions about a big-toe injury. Lacy had the bone in his toe fused into the joint when he was at Alabama, causing NFL teams to worry about the long-term ramifications of his injury.

    Lacy never missed a game his final season at Alabama, but he rarely, if ever, practiced during the week because of the injury.

    "I had a lot of injuries coming out of college," Lacy said. "That's pretty much it. A lot of teams didn't pick me because of my injury history."

    The Steelers were one of them. Instead, they drafted Bell, whom offensive coordinator Todd Haley compared to 1996 NFL offensive rookie of the year Eddie George.

    Bell has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game -- his best outing was 93 yards against the Baltimore Ravens.

    The Steelers have gone 22 games without a 100-yard rusher, the longest active streak in the league.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/s...#ixzz2oCstbYHY

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    Just depends on one's perspective of what a RB is,.....Bell is built like, and moves as though he is an undersized TE. Whereas Lacy is clearly a RB. Perhaps Tomlin felt as though he had another opportunity to prove himself a "maverick" in terms of personnel ? lol
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    Looks like Bell wins round one.
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