Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid held his first media session of the divisional playoff week Monday afternoon, and he had some kind words to share regarding the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell when asked about the fourth-year running back.
“He’s a good player,” Reid said. “He has a unique style about him – that delay to get to the line of scrimmage. It’s been effective for him. He’s really the only one that does it, so it’s unique. The obvious thing is you have to contain him and take care of your gaps, for sure.”
Bell, more so than other running backs in the league, takes a deliberate amount of time to allow his blockers to set up in front of him. Bell finished fifth in the league with 1,268 yards rushing despite missing the first three games of the season due to suspension.
“[Bell is] the most patient that I’ve ever seen,” Reid added. “That’s a unique style—one that he’s kind of created.”
In the Steelers’ Week 4 matchup against the Chiefs earlier this season, Bell recorded 144 yards rushing on 18 carries, and he also had five receptions for 34 yards receiving.
Bell carried the ball 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the first playoff game of his career Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and will look to keep it rolling on Sunday.
The next test is Reid and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s Chiefs.
“You have to play good football and do what got you here,” Reid said. “There is not a lot of room for error. That’s just not what this time of the year is about. You have to have good line play on both sides of the ball. That’s what you get this time of the year.”