Mar 2, 2007 6
There are certainly a lot of angles to take on the trade that will be official today between the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. You can make the argument that the Lions are worried about starter Kevin Jones’ availability for the start of the season, and you can be intrigued by Bell’s potential in an offense led by Mike Martz. You can focus on the best player in the deal, CB Dre Bly, and how he and Champ Bailey could be the best tandem in the league.
You can focus, of course, on Mike Bell, the last Bell standing in Denver, and how he’s the guy as of right now. I say “as of right now” because I don’t expect him to be the guy come the summer. Head coach Mike Shanahan gave up on Tatum Bell, and my feeling now is that he’s also given up on the notion he can get by with a committee at RB. A committee worked out well in 2005 with Tatum and Mike Anderson, but before that year, Shanahan always preferred to feature one back: Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, and then Clinton Portis. In 2006, his committee was an absolute nightmare. [...]