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Jimmy
08-20-2006, 05:03 PM
Before you read this, consider that it might be coming from a homer.

Mike Bell. Undrafted Free Agent out of Arizona. Ran in the 4.6's for NFL scouts.. maybe a mid round pick if not for that.

The thing is, you watch him, he looks like a pretty speedy guy. I bring it up, because you could watch him at arizona and tell he was fast, but just because he didnt put numbers on paper, his stock plummets.

so the Denver Broncos pick him up. Sign him. $20,000 signing bonus. Big deal. Just a roster filler. Tatum Bell is gonna start and Dayne will be a goal line guy. Right? Wrong. Mike Bell takes the starting Job. He is already being compared to Terrell Davis. Good, Right??

Wrong. It's not fair. You can't compare the guy to TD after 2 weeks of preseason football. Sure, he has come in the same way TD had, under the radar, but why cant he just be "Mike Bell?"

He is so under the radar, he won't even be in this year's Madden 2007.
Crazy for a back who will be starting come week 1 for the NFL's best rushing offense over the last decade. Still, things are still to be seen from him. Maybe i'll belive the hype if he pieces together 2 more good games.

Enough telling you what you already know about his past. I wanna know how in the world we picked this guy out of the rough. Him starting week 1 might still be a questionable act, but i wanna know what others think about him. Is he just a fluke RB in the Denver system? Will he rush for 1,200 yards this year, or will he wither into the backup or 3rd string job.

Paranoidmoonduck
08-20-2006, 05:06 PM
I got a good look at Mike Bell at Arizona, but I refuse to decide how well he'll do until I at least see a pre-season game with him in it. If he is really succeeding in the zone blocking system then I assume he has a chance to at least get 1000 yards, but in the same vein, Tatum Bell is supremely talented and could become a Portis clone. I think how many yards Mike runs for has more to do with how much Tatum improves.

njx9
08-20-2006, 05:06 PM
i still doubt he's the opening day starter.

i think i'd rather see cobbs right now, but *shrug*

P-L
08-20-2006, 05:10 PM
I really liked Bell at Arizona, however, I don't think he's a starting RB just yet.

08-20-2006, 05:12 PM
Well, if he is actually the "real deal" and gets the majortiy of starts this season than i see him as the Mike Anderson type. He is probably just a product of the system, but production is production...i'll have to see him action though, before i make a definite decision.

ninerfan
08-20-2006, 05:12 PM
I did consider this and came up with this thought - HOMER

njx9
08-20-2006, 05:14 PM
I did consider this and came up with this thought - HOMER

quality addition to the thread. you don't even know who mike bell is, do you?

ninerfan
08-20-2006, 05:19 PM
I did consider this and came up with this thought - HOMER

quality addition to the thread. you don't even know who mike bell is, do you?

He's an undrafted free agent who burnt it up for 1 pre season game. Big s**t. Can I start a thread on every player who looked good in pre season - Alex Smith, Gore, Delanie Walker, VD ?????

Jimmy wrote: 'Before you read this, consider that it might be coming from a homer. '

I did consider it and yes it did smack of homer

njx9
08-20-2006, 05:23 PM
I did consider this and came up with this thought - HOMER

quality addition to the thread. you don't even know who mike bell is, do you?

He's an undrafted free agent who burnt it up for 1 pre season game. Big s**t. Can I start a thread on every player who looked good in pre season - Alex Smith, Gore, Delanie Walker, VD ?????

Jimmy wrote: 'Before you read this, consider that it might be coming from a homer. '

I did consider it and yes it did smack of homer

he's also currently #1 on denver's depth chart. shanahan picked him up. so he's in a great system, with a coach with a great eye for guys who fit the system. can't imagine why anyone but a homer might think he'll succeed.

but i guess in ninerland, you just get so jaded by the complete lack of talent that anyone saying anythin about a guy on their own team being good "smacks of homer".

TitleTown088
08-20-2006, 06:13 PM
he''ll do alright.

raiderfan_89
08-20-2006, 06:21 PM
Tatu Bell will get a few runs during season and will shove it in Shanny's face,I truly hope T.Bell leaves the Broncos to come to the silver and black.

elway777
08-20-2006, 06:29 PM
I think Tatum Bell will be the starter by opening day.

08-20-2006, 06:40 PM
Mike Bell is a 79 on madden i dont know what you are talking about saying he is under the radar.

Denver Bronco99
08-20-2006, 07:09 PM
Mike Bell is a 79 on madden i dont know what you are talking about saying he is under the radar.

yea he is on madden and he is a 79

njx9
08-20-2006, 07:16 PM
they rated him higher than backs that actually got drafted?

ha.

America
08-20-2006, 07:16 PM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.

The Unseen
08-20-2006, 07:22 PM
Mike Bell is a 79 on madden i dont know what you are talking about saying he is under the radar.

And Maurice Drew is a 75.

Eek.

Denver Bronco99
08-20-2006, 07:47 PM
but if bell starts do you honestly think he wont deserve a 79 rating? i mean come on if he starts and stays healthy...he will easily top 1100+

The Bell Bros!..idk i have been trying to think of a nick name since we singed mike

turninandburnin1
08-20-2006, 07:49 PM
he's with the Broncos a team that creates great RB's.

The Unseen
08-20-2006, 07:51 PM
True, but I don't think Bell has the measurables that Drew has. Mo Drew has speed/agility type rating in the mid-90s.

Stats
08-20-2006, 07:56 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).

Boston
08-20-2006, 07:58 PM
Wow. I looked at the title of the thread and i knew it was going to be about a denver running back. I was thinking it was mike anderson, while confusing the last name of tatum bell. :roll: :oops:

Denver Bronco99
08-20-2006, 07:59 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).

exactly...he gets it done..might not have 4.3 speed like Bell or 240+ size like Danye...but he gets it done

Staubach12
08-20-2006, 08:48 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).

exactly...he gets it done..might not have 4.3 speed like Bell or 240+ size like Danye...but he gets it done

I like him :)

Geo
08-20-2006, 08:55 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).
Unfortunately for the Ponies, they can't just play the Lions and the Titans.

Denver Bronco99
08-20-2006, 08:59 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).
Unfortunately for the Ponies, they can't just play the Lions and the Titans.

but we always get ours..i mean we have been #1 on rushing form HB the last 4 years...(the falcons only beat us due to vick)

08-20-2006, 09:03 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).
Unfortunately for the Ponies, they can't just play the Lions and the Titans.

It doesnt matter who they play cause all they need is average players for that great system and it will work perfectly.

njx9
08-20-2006, 09:05 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).
Unfortunately for the Ponies, they can't just play the Lions and the Titans.

yeah, i mean, new england's #8 rush defense sure did a number on tatum/mike last year.

as did the redskins, jaguars, eagles and giants, among others.

Geo
08-20-2006, 09:07 PM
Which is why waiting to see Mike Bell actually do something worthy of praise before delivering it hand over foot is a good idea.

njx9
08-20-2006, 09:13 PM
Which is why waiting to see Mike Bell actually do something worthy of praise before delivering it hand over foot is a good idea.

what is with you people?

can people NOT be excited by seomthing they see in the preseason anymore? no, i guess he'll probably be the worst player in the history of the league because this is only the preseason.

you know what? if that's the only thing you can add to a thread, don't even bother signing in. i'm SO sick of reading all you people saying "it's just the preseason". NO KIDDING, I HADN'T NOTICED THAT THESE GAMES DON'T MATTER AND ARE ONLY PLAYED FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF EVALUATING YOUNG TALENT. i know it's really weird that any of us would attempt to do the same thing that coaches do, and try to reach conclusions about players, but JESUS. that's the point.

so yeah, tell me again how much the preseason matters. :roll:

jsagan77
08-22-2006, 01:06 AM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?

njx9
08-22-2006, 07:06 AM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?

let's call them Steve.

draftguru151
08-22-2006, 08:15 AM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?

I thought of that a few days ago, but thought it was too lame. :lol:

08-22-2006, 01:37 PM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.

Taco Bell?

I dont know, its sounds good now because I'm hungry :oops: :oops:

SuperMcGee
08-22-2006, 01:50 PM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?

I thought of that a few days ago, but thought it was too lame. :lol:

I always used to say that when Mike Bell was at Arizona :oops:

Namy
08-22-2006, 02:31 PM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?
lmao, this has been heavily discussed already in the ORangemane (Broncos forum). So far the leading candidate seems to be Ding Dong (Tatum will ding u for a long run, Mike will dong u and move the chains).

johbur
08-22-2006, 02:40 PM
Mike Bell was a solid back in college playing for a bad team. He has much better blocking now, receivers that are WAY better than what he had, and a better QB.

Yeah, the defenses he'll face are a lot better, but he was very consistent and played hard every down, whether his team was winning or losing getting spenked by USC.

Mike Bell will have a solid career for the Broncos.

Shiver
08-22-2006, 02:43 PM
Well, if anyone has actually seen him play this preseason, it's obvious he's the best downhill runner on the Broncos. He sees the hole and hits it better than any back on the team. He runs with power and has the ability to break the big play. He can run between the tackles or outside. And he does a good job in short yardage and goal line(2 TDs on the goal line last nite).
Unfortunately for the Ponies, they can't just play the Lions and the Titans.

but we always get ours..i mean we have been #1 on rushing form HB the last 4 years...(the falcons only beat us due to vick)


Speaking of "the falcons only beat us due to vick," I am sure you remember that game. :wink:

Shiver
08-22-2006, 02:50 PM
Mike Bell was a solid back in college playing for a bad team. He has much better blocking now, receivers that are WAY better than what he had, and a better QB.

Yeah, the defenses he'll face are a lot better, but he was very consistent and played hard every down, whether his team was winning or losing getting spenked by USC.

Mike Bell will have a solid career for the Broncos.


It's hard to say any Denver back will have a solid career for the Broncos. That particular position has a rediculous high turnover, for them. They change things up every year.

njx9
08-22-2006, 03:30 PM
Mike Bell was a solid back in college playing for a bad team. He has much better blocking now, receivers that are WAY better than what he had, and a better QB.

Yeah, the defenses he'll face are a lot better, but he was very consistent and played hard every down, whether his team was winning or losing getting spenked by USC.

Mike Bell will have a solid career for the Broncos.


It's hard to say any Denver back will have a solid career for the Broncos. That particular position has a rediculous high turnover, for them. They change things up every year.

we do seem to get a rather high number of injuries at the position... we also seem to run guys into the ground.

Shiver
08-22-2006, 03:38 PM
It's almost a shame that so many 'Backs can rush for 1,000 yards in the offense. It's tarnished Terrell Davis' accomplishments, I think.

njx9
08-22-2006, 03:42 PM
absolutely. it's annoying to see so many people write the guy off as a product of the system.

Stats
08-22-2006, 08:54 PM
absolutely. it's annoying to see so many people write the guy off as a product of the system.

Anyone that says that probably knows more about boy bands than football.

dcarey20
08-24-2006, 11:30 PM
I actually think he is gonna me much like Mike Anderson was...except he is gonna be around a bit longer.

If he stays the starter for the entire season this year, I think he has a great season.

290 carries
1285 yards
11 TDs

njx9
08-24-2006, 11:33 PM
absolutely. it's annoying to see so many people write the guy off as a product of the system.

Anyone that says that probably knows more about boy bands than football.

(shhhh, the hanson fans will hear you)

D?ja V?
08-24-2006, 11:34 PM
I voted 1-2 good years and out. He will not be as good as Mike Anderson was as a rookie, even though another rookie back has done it for Denver, I don't think that the line will be able to get him 1,500 yards. If he gets 18-24 carries a game he should get around 950-1,200 yards rushing, maybe 200 yards receiving at most and 4-7 touchdowns.

cunningham06
08-24-2006, 11:37 PM
I doubt Bell starts week 1. I think that Shanahan is just doing it to light a fire under Tatum and Dayne. JMO though.

TimD
08-24-2006, 11:43 PM
He is so under the radar, he won't even be in this year's Madden 2007.
Crazy for a back who will be starting come week 1 for the NFL's best rushing offense over the last decade. Still, things are still to be seen from him. Maybe i'll belive the hype if he pieces together 2 more good games.



kinda off topic but update your rosters and he'll be there... thats what happened to ricky williams last year


wheres the "i dont know, im unsure" option in your poll? :D

IBleedNavyandOrange
08-25-2006, 11:16 AM
Makes you wonder what could've happened if Maurice Clarett hadn't been such a bust.

johbur
08-25-2006, 02:17 PM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?

I like the TinkerBells.

Seriously, after having seen all of Bell's collegiate games except 2 non-televised road games, I was very surprised that some team didn't draft him. That's the power of measurables, I guess. Bell is in the right system and he has a solid team around him. I'm looking for him to have a good year, and if he hits 1200 yards, it would be an interesting indictment on the talent scouting in the NFL that a UDFA wins the OROY.

D?ja V?
08-25-2006, 04:06 PM
The Bells need some sort of nickname in Denver's backfield.


This is harder than I thought..

For whom the Bell Tolls..?

Hells Bells?

I like the TinkerBells.

Seriously, after having seen all of Bell's collegiate games except 2 non-televised road games, I was very surprised that some team didn't draft him. That's the power of measurables, I guess. Bell is in the right system and he has a solid team around him. I'm looking for him to have a good year, and if he hits 1200 yards, it would be an interesting indictment on the talent scouting in the NFL that a UDFA wins the OROY.

Even though those are great numbers, I don't think he will win OROY, someone less deserving will win it because they make more headlines and they have more fans from when they were in college and earned 1st round honours. It will be interesting to see what happens.

energizerbunny
08-25-2006, 08:07 PM
he really runs behind his shoulder pads. I could see him running for 1,200 this year.