The mystery continues . .

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Still no guidance, so let’s move on to something else . . .

Still no press release or background on the Jets’ decision to re-unite Bounty-gate adversaries Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt on their staff.

I decided to take matters into my own hands, to a degree, by booking The Athletic’s Larry Holder on my SiriusXM NFL Radio show tomorrow. Holder has written some great stuff on Bountygate over the years, and had a story this week on the Vitt-Williams relationship. If you can’t listen, I will fill you in on Monday about what he said.

So let’s put this topic on ice for now, and talk a little free agency and Le’Veon Bell.

A lot of people are connecting the former Pittsburgh Steelers’ star with the Jets since Gang Green has a ton of cap space and a need a running back.

To borrow an expression I once heard Christopher Johnson use about another topic, that is a “fantastically bad idea.”

First of all, he just turned 27 and as they say, “a running back only has so many carries in his body.”

In Pittsburgh, Bell carried the rock 1,310 times, at Michigan State 671 times and as for Groveport-Madison High School in Ohio, I don’t have an exact number, but I know he was their bell cow in 2007 and 2008.

And I’m not even getting into all the passes he caught in high school, college and the NFL and the hits after that.

Look, I know there are running back who buck the trend and don’t fade after a lot of carries and hits, but they are aberrations. We saw what happened to Curtis Martin at the end of his Jets career. The classy runner faded after a lot of wear-and-tear.

So often the runners who stave off Father Time are the shorter guys with a real low center of gravity, who run so low to the ground, they don’t take a lot of flush hits, like 5-9 Emmitt Smith, 5-9 Frank Gore and 5-9 Mark Ingram.

Bell is a tall back, at 6-1, and so it’s harder for him to run low to the ground like Smith, Gore and Ingram, so he takes more flush hits.

And remember he has already blown out a knee.

He’s also has been suspended twice.

And honestly, how into being a Jet will he be?

I have been around the Jets a long time, and over the years they have signed a number of big money veteran free agents, and so often I got the impression, they weren’t head over heals in love with being there, but could not turn down the money.

In other words, they’re there, but they really aren’t there.

Their hearts were still with their former teams, but their wallets were in Hempstead or Florham Park.

The Jets need to build a stronger football culture with less hired guns, mercenaries, and more guys like Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams, guys who bleed green and are true Jets.

Enough of the individual contractors who take the Jets money, feign loyalty, but clearly would rather be somewhere else.

February 15, 2019

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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