Steelers are falling apart: Le'Veon Bell reportedly skipped almost entire walkthrough before playoff game

Alex Reimer
January 19, 2018 - 10:59 am

The Patriots have already bested their competition in the AFC next season. Dysfunction continues to permeate the Steelers, who are still reeling after their embarrassing defeat to the Jaguars last week.

It’s apparent the Steelers overlooked Jacksonville, given their proclivity of talking incessantly about the Patriots. Head coach Mike Tomlin was previewing a hypothetical AFC championship between the two teams in November, so it’s easy to see where his players got their braggadocio. 

One of the more confident members of the Steelers was star running back Le’Veon Bell. In a tweet late Saturday night, less than 13 hours from game time, Bell talked about his anticipation for a rematch against the Patriots.

Bell, 25, already made headlines last week when he threatened to retire if the Steelers franchise him again for the 2018 season. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, Bell also missed nearly the entire walk-through on Saturday. In addition, Bell arrived late for the playoff game Sunday.

It’s difficult to blame the Steelers’ lose on Bell’s reported insubordination, considering the running back had 155 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. But his seeming disregard for the team shows players may not respect Tomlin. 

On paper, the Steelers are the club in the AFC best equipped to challenge the Patriots. But they may prevent themselves from doing so.

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