Lions RB Joique Bell blames himself despite excellent performance

12/23/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsDetroit Lions running back Joique Bell put up an excellent performance for the match against the New York Giants on Sunday but he wasn’t one to go around tooting his horn. Even though he might have been the best player the team had, the Lions lost nevertheless and that put a dampener on the team spirits, especially his and he took to blaming his own self for the loss.
 
“It’s a team sport, so it doesn’t matter what you do individually,” Bell said. “When you lose, you lose. I didn’t play well enough for us to win, so individually I failed.”
 
Bell had a total of 63 yards for 10 catches, a touchdown and 20 carries for 91 yards. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that Bell gave a solid performance and was a valuable asset to the team in that match,
 
“He ran strong,” he said. “He made a lot of plays for us.”
 
Bell’s performance was well balanced and he delivered when the critical moments of the game fell on him. He helped score some yards and broke the tackles. But there was room in that game to go beyond what he gave.
 
“We had a couple big plays brought back. We’ll have to watch film to see if I could see anything on there, but we’ve just got to bounce back. We can’t put it on the refs,” Bell said. “I’m not putting it on the refs by any means, but we’ve got to be able to play well enough to take the refs out of the game. This game shouldn’t have even been close.”
 
There were several runs that were under scrutiny of Schwartz who said nevertheless Bell ran well.
 
“I thought that one of his better runs was the one where he picked up that first down and got called back with a holding penalty in that situation,” Schwartz said. “I think that was a tough play, but Joique, I thought, ran well.”
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