New York Jets fans will want to make sure to watch the season finale of HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks,’ which will offer an analysis of star running back Le’Veon Bell.
It’s probably been a while since most New York Jets fans have paid attention to the HBO football reality TV show ‘Hard Knocks.’
After all, the last time the Jets were featured on the show was in 2010. Rex Ryan was the Jets’ head coach, Darelle Revis was in his prime, and the Jets made the playoffs. It was a very different time for the franchise.
However, Jets fans might want to start watching ‘Hard Knocks’ again. Or at the very least, they will want to tune into the season finale of the show’s current season.
Although this year’s iteration of ‘Hard Knocks’ primarily focuses on the Oakland Raiders, the most recent episode also features Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden breaking down the play of Jets running back Le’Veon Bell.
Tonight on the season finale of Hard Knocks, Jon Gruden talks about a former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive superstar and assesses his game. It’s not Antonio Brown…. pic.twitter.com/aOSzVBkYC1
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2019
Everyone knows that Bell is an offensive force, but Gruden provided a more in-depth analysis of the player.
The Raiders head coach showed highlights of Bell’s play to his team. He praised Bell for his intangibles, in particular for his blocking ability.
In typical Gruden fashion, the coach offers the following colorful commentary on Bell,
“Say whatever you want about all the football stats….but the one thing I’ve always loved about this guy is he’ll ring your bell.”
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NFL coaches and players see football on a completely different level than most fans, so it’s encouraging to see experts praise Bell’s play.
When Bell first hit free agency, I was skeptical that he would be a good fit for the Jets. In my defense, I never expected him to be available for the relatively low price of less than $14 million/ year (in average annual value).
While the season is yet to officially begin, it looks like Bell may end up being exactly what the Jets need. He has the physical talent to be an offensive beast, racking up yards and touchdowns on both the ground and in the air.
On top of that, it is refreshing to hear an experienced NFL coach like Gruden praise Bell for being a great all-around player. In addition to being an offensive superstar, Bell is not afraid to play gritty and to make a hard block when necessary.
Whether he’s blocking, rushing or receiving, Bell will be essential support for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2019 and beyond. And with Bell in the fold, Jets fans have a lot to be excited about this season.
If you can’t quite wait until Sunday to watch Le’Veon Bell in action, make sure to check out the HBO ‘Hard Knocks’ season finale that aired on Tuesday night.