Bill Belichick praises Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell

Three words were initially said by Bill Belichick when talking about Steelers versatile running back Le'Veon Bell on Wednesday:

"Oh my god."

The Patriots head coach's complimentary exhale about Bell is justified as he presents the biggest offensive threat now that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out for Sunday's contest.

A doting Belichick went on to say that Bell is "a tremendous player, great hands, catches the ball, very quick, makes people miss, strong, breaks tackles, excellent balance, tough, doesn’t run out of bounds, fights for extra yardage, a great player."

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The Steelers back has rushed for 263 yards while catching 20 balls for 177 yards this season after missing the first three weeks due to a suspension. In his absence, fellow Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams carried the load and Belichick was quick to also fawn over him as well. 

"DeAngelo Williams, I mean he led the league in rushing the two weeks where he played earlier in the year when he had a lot of carries. He’s had a tremendous career," said the Pats head coach. "Really one of the all-time great careers statistically. He’s been tremendous."

The Patriots have done fairly well against the run this season allowing about 92 yards per game to backs, but as Belichick says they'll have their hands full on Sunday down at Hienz Field, especially with Bell. 

"They have a lot of depth at running back and it doesn’t matter who’s in there – they’re a problem. But [Le’Veon] Bell’s as good as anybody we’ll play."

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