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August 8, 2006 12:00 AM

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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So I'm driving to our new offices Monday morning when I heard the news . . . Mike Bell has moved to Numero Uno on the Broncos depth chart and will be the starting running back for the first preseason game Friday night. I gotta tell ya . . . I almost ran right off the road. And I'm thinking what exactly did Mike Bell do in practice to vault to the top of the charts so quickly? Or why haven't Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell shown a little bit brighter out at Dove Valley? Mike Shanahan only knows, but the last time he got this enamored with someone, the player's name was Griese and, well, we know how long that lasted. All in all, it makes for great cartoon fodder.

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Discussion

  • August 8, 2006

    10:22 AM

    Bill writes:

    I am thinking Bell probably had a great campo so far whereas Tatum Bell has had a ball handling inconsistency issue and Dayne admits he has had a couple bad days. I trust Mike Shanahan to make the right call at RB. But when Mike Bell gets into 1st team action for real, he may be in for a bit of a ride and Dayne and/or Tatum Bell will be used a bit more. It still sounds like a good call so far.

  • August 8, 2006

    2:17 PM

    Jacob writes:

    I love how every year whenever we don't have a proven guy at tailback, we all freak out. just ask yourself this question, would you bet a hundred dollars that the broncos will not have a thousand yard rusher, its as simple as that, it's all about the system, not the player

  • August 9, 2006

    9:05 AM

    James from Cortez writes:

    How about the last time he fell in love w/ a rookie in camp and started him from day one. Worked out pretty for a couple of Super Bowls!!! Gotta believe the coaching staffs call.

  • August 26, 2006

    7:26 PM

    Fred in Wisconsin writes:

    Mike Bell hits the hole quickly. He seems to be full speed after the first step and he doesn't go down easily. In the Broncos' system, vision may be the most important factor. Davis had it better than any of his successors, and Mike Bell seems to have it.

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