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Published on 11/11/2008 at Tue Nov 11 15:12.
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Tatum Bell

The Denver Broncos have brought back Tatum Bell. When asked about the move, Bell sounded contrite and humble to ESPN

“I’m humbled,” Bell said. “I didn’t think I was going to get another chance, to be honest. I thanked coach [Mike] Shanahan for giving me this chance. I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ll play special teams. I’ll play center. I’ll do whatever it takes to help the Denver Broncos win.”

Can’t deny I like the sound of that. You’re warming up to me, Tatum…

H/T Orange Bucksnorts (possibly NSFW)

  • dee

    Kyle , I think that the Tatum situation can only go to ways. Either he will flop on his face or….he can prove us wrong and prove that he is
    willingly to fight for every inch he can to get the win….

    ” Because in either game – life or football – the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don’t quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! I’ll tell you this, in any fight it’s the guy whose willing to die whose gonna win that inch. And I know, if I’m gonna have any life anymore it’s because I’m still willing to fight and die for that inch, because that’s what living is, the six inches in front of your face. Now I can’t make you do it. You’ve got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think ya going to see a guy who will go that inch with you. Your gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows when it comes down to it your gonna do the same for him. That’s a team, gentlemen, and either, we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals. That’s football guys, that’s all it is. Now, what are you gonna do?” (Insert Tatum at end of sentence)

  • dee

    I’d like to thank Al for his contribution to my previous post.

  • dee

    For those not aware I’m referring to Al Pacino, not the other Al.

  • T-Money

    I liked tatum. I was pissed when we got rid of him. He’s better at holding on to the ball that Andre Hall in my opinion. He’s quick, small, and he knows our playbook. what more can you ask for when you are desperate. This is a big pick up in my opinion. But yes…. only time will tell.

    He better not take 26 from jack Williams.

  • AKscott

    no T-Money.. word is he’ll wear #40 this time around

  • kerry

    boooo!!! Bell is a bum. always has been. its such a shame the genius of Dove Valley didnt draft a RB who is both talented AND durable.

  • Kyle

    kerry – LOL. If you’re really going to criticize THIS draft, you have some amazing standards. Hell, your standards are just nuts, buddy. Two solid rookie of the year candidates plus a handful of other big-impact rookies.

    But you’re right. Ryan Torain isn’t durable. Fire the coaching staff.

  • AKscott

    What does bell being a bum have to do with Torrain getting injured??
    i swear kerry is really Al Davis in disguise.. will take any opportunity to take a shot at Shanny.. even when its off subject

    Bum or not he knows the system and can contribute this sunday if need be. You act like we just inked him to a 55mil dollar contract Al.. im mean kerry.. Tatum is a stopgap solution to a bad run of luck. Look back to the preseason and the RB group was one of the strongest we’ve had in a while, and the question was who we were gonna have to cut, until Quick 6 and Torrain got injured. Hardly a personell issue

  • Kyle

    “kerry is really Al Davis in disguise…”

    Ultimate insult? Violation of comments policy? hehehe

  • AKscott

    yeah, my bad.. I’ll punish myself by longing for the days of Wade Phillips (as it appears some unnamed posters do)

  • AcDrago

    I dont understand why we didnt get S. Alexander or bring back Mike Bell. He was really good. He played well and put up great numbers for the team. M. Bell had potential. M. Bell shouldnt have change position to FB. The team got the wrong Bell.

  • E. Halsey Miles

    Ahh! dee, I *thought* that was a quote from Any Given Sunday.

    That needs to be required watching during every preseason.

  • Seán Cunnane

    I agree with AcDrago. When Mike Bell was toting the rock for us, he did a hell of a job, great cut, decent speed, better than average power, and I seem to remember him leaving a few of the colts defenders on their a$$ with a few nice moves. The guy fumbled once in a bronco uniform, on his first carry of a game. He brought back the mile high salute, and the crowd really took to him. I honestly cant understand why Shanny didn’t even consider bringing him back. The quote in th RMN was “neither bell will be brought because of been there, done that”. – well that was a load of bull**** wasn’t it. The move to FB was a stupid move for him and obviously cast a shadow on his running abilities. Anyone agree or did I see something no one else did in him??

  • AKscott

    AcDrago- S.Alexander signed w/ the Redskins Oct 14th

    As far as mike bell, i read that they did bring him in, along with musa smith, and labrandon toefield, and tatum of course.. not sure how accurate the report is, but it sounds like we at least looked at him

  • Jason

    Tatum did alright. I remember him carrying Ray Lewis on his back for a few yards to get a needed 1st down.

    I didn’t like the idea of Tatum being signed, don’t still I guess. He’s a thief and his words mean very little to me. Oh, well. The next RB that comes in will bring his stuff into Coach’s office for the meeting.

  • Jim

    I feel that he was a decent running back for the Broncs. When push comes to shove, give him a chance. I think that Bell will take full advantage of this and become a good player for Denver. I just hope that the other players take inventory of their stuff in the lockers (cheap joke).

  • AKam

    Espn apparently thinks that hillis will get the greatest share of carries. I was thinking it will be a Young/Bell combo. Hillis was great in the win, but he’s not a tailback. He’s a fullback that can get you tough yards. Does anyone know who is practicing with the first team squad. And on a side note…what about Vernand Morencey…he was good in GB before getting hurt and I know he was available

  • AKam

    Another thing…Tatum was the homerun threat that couldn’t break the first tackle. I hope he can finally break that tackle. It always seemed that he was one juke away from breaking it, but he always went down in the backfield with a shoestring tackle. Annoying to watch.

  • Dakota fan

    I know what all of you were thinking when T. Bell was traded-

    “AW- just a running back coached by Bobby Turner. Any RB can be plugged into this running scheme and become a Pro Bowl caliber player!!!”

    It’s the same thing I was thinking, until the DEA and/or the NFL caught up to Travis Henry and Mike Anderson. Since then, we haven’t had a pot to pee in (no pun intended to the previously listed running backs) or a running back worth their salt.

    I’m not jumping off of the Ryan Torain bandwagon, but I’m glad we have a guy who’s done something with his NFL career. Right now, the pickings are a little slim in the running back ranks of the NFL and I think this is the best we can do. If you read the Denver Post interview with T. Bell from today, he sure sounds willing and able to help any way he can and is going to make the most of his opportunity.