Le’Veon Bell says his patient way to deal with playing running back will change the NFL like how Stephen Curry changed the way b-ball is played in the NBA.
“I think I’m changing the game,” the Pittsburgh Steelers running back told Bleacher Report. “In that sense, I’m what Steph Curry is to basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily think Steph Curry is the best basketball player, but he changed the game so he’s going to always go down as being remembered. Now everyone wants to shoot the 3 and shoot it from deep.”
Chime has a patient running style that requires his hostile linemen to hold their pieces before he assaults a gap, generally for a major pick up. He said he anticipates that youthful running backs will attempt to duplicate his style.
He as of late portrayed that style to ESPN’s Jerome Bettis, telling the Steelers awesome that he looks off linebackers to snare them into the crevice he wouldn’t like to hit before decreasing.
“I watch the linebacker … but I’m not going to look at him. I don’t even want him to know I see him,” Bell said.
Draymond Green, Curry’s colleague on the Golden State Warriors, played pickup ball with Bell when both were competitors at Michigan State. He said Bell’s correlation with Curry has justify.
“That patience he has as a runner has never been seen before,” Green told Bleacher Report. “You had Barry Sanders, who shook you out of your socks. Quick as grease. You had ‘the Bus’ and his power running. You have super-fast runners. But a runner with the patience he has? I mean, I don’t know if we’ve ever seen that. He’s a special runner who’s definitely transcending the game and it’s fun to watch.
“No one else in the NFL runs like that, but I guarantee you, there will be some runners coming out — and there’s probably some in the NFL now — that’ll try to take on that technique.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, asked about Bell’s comments Tuesday, said: “I’ve seen Le’Veon’s jump shot.”
When he was asked a follow-up question, Roethlisberger cited “two totally different sports” when he said he couldn’t compare Bell and Curry.
On Sunday, Bell set the Steelers’ franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game with 167 yards in the 30-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins, breaking a mark set by Hall of Famer Franco Harris when he rushed for 158 yards in Super Bowl IX.
Andy Reid, the coach of the Chiefs, the Steelers’ opponent in the divisional round of the playoffs this weekend, on Monday called Bell “the most patient [running back] that I’ve ever seen.”
“That’s a unique style — one that he’s kind of created,” he said.