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Old 12-26-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default Bell to play final game Sunday

Yet another example of the pump and dump Pittsburgh way

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By ADAM TEICHER
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Kendrell Bell?s time with the Chiefs will end quietly Sunday. He will be a reserve again and perhaps not even play at all unless it?s on special teams.

That?s in contrast to his free-agent arrival in Kansas City, which came with much fanfare. He was an accomplished linebacker who would help transform a lousy defense.

But after three disappointing seasons, two as a starter and one as a seldom-used reserve, Bell stands as one of the worst free-agent signings in Chiefs history. Sometime after Sunday?s game against the Jets, they will acknowledge their mistake with Bell by parting ways with him.

?I wish it had worked out better,? Bell said, already acknowledging his time with the Chiefs in the past tense. ?I had my opportunities. There?s going to be a different future here, and I totally understand that.?

Bell had made an appearance in the Pro Bowl while playing for Pittsburgh but never approached that kind of impact after joining the Chiefs. They acknowledged Bell wasn?t working out last winter when they signed Donnie Edwards and Napoleon Harris to be starting linebackers.

The Chiefs would have released Bell last winter except that his considerable salary of about $3 million was guaranteed.

So they kept him around, but this time as a backup. The Chiefs talked during the offseason about using Bell as a pass-rushing defensive end in passing situations, but they later determined they were better off with Jared Allen and Tamba Hali, so that never materialized.

As it developed, the Chiefs thought so little of Bell that he didn?t even suit up for four of their games.

Bell was damaged goods when the Chiefs signed him. He had a shoulder injury that he was rehabilitating. The injury scared away other teams, but not the Chiefs.

He missed all of training camp and most of the preseason his first year with the Chiefs because of the injury.

?My first year here was the worst experience of my life when it comes to my football career because of that injury,? he said. ?So my issue was my health. That was my problem. If I had come here without any problems, I would have done the things here that I was able to do with Pittsburgh.

?I tried to do too much too early because I was trying to prove people wrong, and it ended up hurting me.?

Beyond that, Bell never was a good fit in the Chiefs? system. In Pittsburgh, Bell played in the 3-4 defense, and the Steelers let him rush the quarterback in most passing situations.

He had nine sacks as a rookie in 2001 and nine more in his final three seasons with the Steelers.

He had 2 1/2 sacks in three seasons for the Chiefs. In the Chiefs? 4-3 system, Bell wasn?t given only pass-rush responsibilities. He was also asked to cover and had trouble with it.

?He was in a 3-4 system, and he was a really good player in that system for Pittsburgh,? Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. ?He really wasn?t asked to play the conventional linebacker position like we play it in the 4-3. He was more of a pass-rush guy. He rushed off the edge. He was a blitzer. He dropped into coverage every once in awhile but most times he was a rusher.

?He comes over here and all of a sudden we?re asking him to do a lot of different things. That?s sometimes tough on certain guys because they?ve grown up in a certain system.

?He?s a good talent, a good athlete, a good guy. But he just didn?t fit.?

Bell disputed that notion, saying he could be a productive player in any system. He will walk away as one of the Chiefs? biggest free-agent busts but comfortable he did everything possible to make it work.

?I?m trying to be a team player through all of this,? he said. ?I?ve tried to help in ways that a lot of people don?t notice. I?ve tried to help some of the young guys. And I?ve definitely tried not to be a distraction.?
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:19 PM   #2
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Wonder what will happen to him.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: Bell to play final game Sunday

I did not recall the shoulder injury when he arrived with the Chiefs - I recall he had a groin injury in 2004 that some folks (myself included) thought he was slow to come back from because he was not going to rush himself back after (IMO) he was rushed back from a preseason ankle injury in 2002 that derailed his career. I also recall few thought he should have been retained after 2004.

In 2001 I thought he was going to be an perennial All-Pro - injuries and attitude can change everything - just a shame how it has turned out for him
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Default Re: Bell to play final game Sunday

Wow, sucks to hear so much negativity about any player's career. Good thing is, football is not life!
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Default Re: Bell to play final game Sunday

i might as well ask it.. do you think the steelers would give him a shot to revive his career for like a one year, minimum salary type deal? would you want them to?
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i might as well ask it.. do you think the steelers would give him a shot to revive his career for like a one year, minimum salary type deal? would you want them to?
One year... minimum salary...

Sure... we always need training camp fodder. If he can still run fast and hit hard... he may be an improvement to our special teams as well.

But any hopes of him coming in and being any type of an impact player is wildly speculative.
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i might as well ask it.. do you think the steelers would give him a shot to revive his career for like a one year, minimum salary type deal? would you want them to?
Why would we do that? We didn't resign him because of injury problems, and that is a big part of why he is not going to be with Kansas City after this season.

To be given the chance to revive his career, he'd have to be given playing time. I don't want to take away PT from our current starting LB core that is better than he is.
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If no one else wants him as a starter I would say sure. He is versatile, is a good speacil teams guy and apparentley liked it here. We have low depth at DE (As we are seeing) and he can play there... Bring him in to back up a few positions and play ST.
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Why would we do that? We didn't resign him because of injury problems, and that is a big part of why he is not going to be with Kansas City after this season.

To be given the chance to revive his career, he'd have to be given playing time. I don't want to take away PT from our current starting LB core that is better than he is.

I agree. As Art Rooney said at one time, We are not the Salvation Army.
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