UPDATE: Bell signed with the Jets less than an hour after I pressed the “Publish” button, naturally.
The Eagles and Jets are said to be the two teams chasing after Yeremiah Bell. The Eagles, according to Eaglescap.com, are a little more than $15 million under the cap. The Jets, according to nyjetscap.com, are about $8 million under the cap. Both teams can afford him.
In advance of the potential signing, I thought we would take a quick look at Bell and what he brings to the table.
- Durable: Played all 1126 snaps for Miami last year, according to PFF.
- Racks up tackles: More than 100 each of the past 4 years.
- Good blitzer: 2 sacks last year, and 7 pressures, according to PFF.
- Smart player, widely regarded as a leader in Miami’s defense.
- 34 years old, and it shows in his coverage ability.
First, let’s look at the good. Here’s one of Bell’s two sacks last season. Bell is the player circled (duh). He is disguising a blitz.
The Dolphins run a 3-4, but here they’re in their nickle set, with 4 down linemen. At the snap, watch as the DTs run a stunt. The RDT (#94 Randy Starks) will rush directly at the center, and the LDT (#90 Ryan Baker) will loop around an engage on the LG. Bell attacks the line of scrimmage:
Tebow begins his drop as Bell continues to attack the line of scrimmage. The RB chips on the DE, and heads out into his pattern. Tebow is on his own in the backfield.
With the RB chipping on the DE, the RG notices Bell coming on the blitz, but has no chance of getting over to block him:
Tebow is meat:
This is just an excellent job by Bell in disguising his blitz. When you hear people talk about “veteran savvy,” this is it.
OK, now… the bad.
Here the Dolphins are facing the Eagles, and they’re in a simple Cover 2 look, meaning that Bell has deep half responsibility. DeSean Jackson is running a post corner route. At the snap, Jackson will get an inside release and attack the safety (Bell):
Here’s a better look at the Dolphins’ play call as the play develops. You’ll see Jackson getting into a post, which he’s about to break off to the corner. Note the protection that Michael Vick has. It’s probably fair to say that just about any safety in the league would be over-matched here, but Bell doesn’t even have a fighting chance:
When Jackson makes his cut to the corner, Bell gets completely turned around:
Here’s a close up of that:
Easy pitch and catch, with Bell beaten by a good 3 yards:
If the Eagles sign Bell, I can see them using him situationally, but he is not a player capable of covering the faster WRs in the league today.