"It’s The Dumbest Holdout In The History Of Sports"

Former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi explained why Le'Veon Bell is not missed one iota in Pittsburgh

Reiter Than You
November 07, 2018 - 7:50 pm

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It’s Week 10, Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t reported, and the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t care less.

“It’s the dumbest holdout in sports,” former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi said on Reiter Than You. “To take $7 million and counting and just throw it into the ocean – and gain nothing. What he did was the biggest favor the Steelers could have ever asked for. He gave them money back, which they weren’t expecting, and he also allowed them to find their answer for the next four years at running back.”

That would be James Conner, who has 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

“How great can you feel if you’re Pittsburgh?” Lombardi asked. “You not only save money, but you found the answer? You’re celebrating. There’s probably a parade in Pittsburgh. They don’t care if he comes back or not. Seriously, it’s the dumbest holdout in the history of sports.”

Sticking in the AFC North, Bill Reiter asked Lombardi who he would rather have: between John and Jim Harbaugh. Interestingly, Lombardi has hired both – John for special teams in Philadelphia and Jim as a quarterbacks coach in Oakland.

“Both of them have been successful at the pro level,” Lombardi said. “I told Jim not to take the University of San Diego job. I thought it was mistake and he went down there and won. Then he took the Stanford job and won again. So he’s always been a winner. I think John’s got a tough situation in Baltimore trying to figure out how to get his offense turned around so he can match the defense that he has on the team. . . . I have great respect for both of them.”

As for the Cleveland Browns, well, someone will fill the head-coaching vacancy, but Lombardi doesn’t know who.

“I think there will always be guys that want the NFL-coaching job,” he said. “Will it be the cream of the crop goes to Cleveland? I don’t know about that. I do think they’re going to have to get that solved.”