As for the rest of their team, it sounds like the offensive line is extremely livid with their star teammate's decision. I think he needs to show up and play.
"Football is the ultimate team sport". In principle, I fully support Bell, but as a former coach and front office personal, I could not agree with the way it's being handled. It doesn't look like he'll be in the game plan (for Week 1) at this point. Although in the time he sits out he ages, he also able to win the war of attrition. It seems like Bell made it sound like he'd be back this week though. "But I also want to have some fun". He has still not signed his $14.5m franchise tag.
"The business part. I get it". The choice is his, and he's making the wrong one.
Bell is one of the most elite runners in the game, but he's anxiously waiting for the Steelers to hand him a paycheck that re-endorses that fact. "This is a team unit and that's how we play ball".
On the flip side, Bell's camp in the end has not handled it correctly by using the frame of reference regarding other backs.
Pittsburgh's confidence in Conner is not just lip service for the "next man up".
"I just felt confident that he was gonna come", Pouncey said Wednesday, "But now that he didn't, obviously it's Le'Veon over the Steelers, and we're the Steelers and we're going to play as the Steelers".
"We did pretty good then, too", Roethlisberger said. Sooner or later this will catch up with them. I wasn't able to get back to playing at a high level in 2013 and, as a result, never got my due. I'm kinda pissed right now. We'll move on as a team.
Who is Le'Veon Bell?
"So I'd like to say that the linemen are more important than any skill position player, including myself, on this team". "I want to take him down multiple times". "We'll weigh all of those things at the appropriate time".
How old is Le'Veon Bell?
When I asked Tomlin what about his style endears players to him, he tried to avoid the question by saying it doesn't dwell on it. "Whether it's someone's first or past year, none of that should matter". He got offers but not what he was looking for.
Bell has to worry about his own long-term well-being over the short-term interested of the Steelers, and he's just witnessed Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack receive extremely lucrative deals over the last week. Bell is sitting out while thinking about his long-term future. His list of antics is growing and the team's tolerance of it is wearing painfully thin. Whenever it is, he should lay out his plan.