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    Le'Veon Bell vs Bettis: Who would you rather have?

    To many fans this may seem like a ridiculous question. But, when talking about Bettis getting into the HoF, it came across my mind and I didn't really know the answer. Who would I rather have as the modern day Steeler running back...Bell or Bettis? I'm not comparing their careers, or trying to say Bell is better than Bettis. But, I do wonder with modern day rules, and a leaning towards being a more passing league would I rather have Bell who is a more well rounded back...or would I want a Bettis who is a sledge hammer?

    Just would like to read some discussion on the topic.

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    Bettis.... for now.

    Bell was a pleasant suprise this year after dealing with early injury problems. I lke what I see but I still can't select a guy that has 1 year of playing experience over a very consistent HOF career RB.

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    I think football is cyclic and the sledgehammer back will be in vogue again somewhere down the line. In the current passing league, stopping the pass first has become just as important as stopping the run. In order to defend the pass you are seeing faster but lighter LBs be successful in the league. In a few more years more teams will lighten up to better defend the pass and slot receivers.

    Eventually a team will use a sledgehammer back like Bettis to take advantage of this shift and the pendulum will swing back to the running game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MicroBioSteel View Post
    I think football is cyclic and the sledgehammer back will be in vogue again somewhere down the line. In the current passing league, stopping the pass first has become just as important as stopping the run. In order to defend the pass you are seeing faster but lighter LBs be successful in the league. In a few more years more teams will lighten up to better defend the pass and slot receivers.

    Eventually a team will use a sledgehammer back like Bettis to take advantage of this shift and the pendulum will swing back to the running game.
    I have to disagree. I think that kind of back will go the way of the Fullback...a situational piece of the offernse and a minor one at that. RBs just have too short a lifespan in the league because of the punishment they take. That is what is so remarkable about Bettis...he was able to do that so long with the power running he did. That is why he is truly a once in a generation talent who deserve to be in the HoF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    Bettis.... for now.

    Bell was a pleasant suprise this year after dealing with early injury problems. I lke what I see but I still can't select a guy that has 1 year of playing experience over a very consistent HOF career RB.
    If Bell ends up with half a career as productive as Bettis, he will be fortunate. Bettis was unique. For a big man, with those soft, nimble feet, we may never see the likes of him again. Bell has some good potential, but will be likely become a hall of famer? Not likely. Bettis will. Bettis was more special than most realize.


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    no brainer...bettis
    1) CB D Dennard
    2) OLB R Shazier
    3) DE J Ellis
    4) WR M Bryant
    5a) OG D Yankey
    5b) OLB J Tripp
    6a) RB D Archer
    6b) NT D McCullers
    7) WR J Janis

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidkid View Post
    no brainer...bettis
    absolutely. No comparision..

    we are talking about a hall of famer vs a rookie. Let's have this discussion again in about 10 years lol

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    Comparing rookie years...

    Bell=96.8 yards of production per game
    Bettis=104.5 yards of production per game

    Comparing Bettis' second season to Bell's rookie
    Bell=96.8
    Bettis=82.3

    Comparing Bettis' first year with the Steelers vs Bell's rookie year

    Bell=96.8
    Bettis=96.0

    So while some think it is a ridiculous question...I would suggest that behind a very lack luster OL...Bell found ways to be productive...in ways that compared very well to Bettis.

    In todays NFL, I think it's more important to have a back who can catch...who can create mismatches with LBs in space with good hands and route running.

    So in today's NFL behind our current OL...I think Bell vs Bettis is a very reasonable question. If you could guarantee me that Bell would be as healthy as Bettis...I know who I would choose.

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    BTW: within those years Bell beat Bettis in TD production in all but one of Bettis' seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    BTW: within those years Bell beat Bettis in TD production in all but one of Bettis' seasons.

    ok. you win. bell is better than bettis. its not even close.
    1) CB D Dennard
    2) OLB R Shazier
    3) DE J Ellis
    4) WR M Bryant
    5a) OG D Yankey
    5b) OLB J Tripp
    6a) RB D Archer
    6b) NT D McCullers
    7) WR J Janis

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