KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The only member of the Kansas City Chiefs who was available and willing to discuss Le’Veon Bell, arguably the biggest free agent signing since the offseason, happened to be the defensive coordinator who won’t have anything to do with him.
Steve Spagnuolo is happy for that, too.
Spagnuolo already had plenty of headaches trying to stop Bell when the two-time All-Pro running back was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The longtime defensive whiz had five opportunities to shut down Bell, who announced Wednesday that he was signing with the Chiefs, and each time Spagnuolo found himself grasping at straws.
“Look, it’s great always to accumulate good football players,” Spagnuolo said. “I haven’t seen him or gone against him in a long time. But he was so challenging to stop in that dual play the Steelers ran where he’d just sit back there and pick and weave. No matter what you did, it felt like you couldn’t stop him for six or seven yards.”
The Chiefs follow a strict schedule for making coaches and players available to reporters, and coach Andy Reid, general manager Brett Veach and Bell weren’t available Friday. Bell could still be completing physicals and paperwork, and he must pass a six-day COVID-19 protocol or get an exemption before he’s allowed in the building, so some folks in the Chiefs organization weren’t quite sure when he would join the team.
That’s why Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy was quick to say: “I know there’s been some discussion