Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale threw some shade on Steelers’ holdout running back Le’Veon Bell saying the Steelers are better without the superstar back.
“There are lots of stats since 2015 that show that they’re better without him, maybe that’s why he’s riding a jet ski in Miami right now,” Martindale said.
In games without Bell in the lineup since 2015 the Steelers average 29 points per game, 413 yards per game of total offense and a much better red zone soring percentage of 68.1% compared to 23.9 points, 369 yards per game and a red zone scoring percentage of 51.9% with Bell in the lineup. Their winning percentage however is slightly better with Bell in the lineup at .697 against .690.
Bell, who has yet to sign the one-year contract tender due by November 13th to allow him to play in the 2018 season, has scored 42 touchdowns and racked up 7,996 total yards since coming out of Michigan State in 2013.