Kansas City Chiefs head coach took the high road when asked about recent criticisms on behalf of former running back Le’Veon Bell.
Bell had previously suggested he would rather “retire” than play for Reid again. He later apologized for airing his grievances in public and said he enjoyed his time with the Chiefs, but doubled down on not wanting to play for Reid.
For his part, Reid refused to get into a war of words. He wished Bell well on Thursday:
“I enjoyed my time with him. I’m pulling for him. That’s how I roll,” Reid said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Bell had been a free agent prior to signing with the Chiefs last October. He played in nine games with the Chiefs during the regular season, rushing for 254 and two scores on 63 carries and tallying close to 100 yards in the receiving category.
The two-time All-Pro was always going to have to split time in the Chiefs backfield given the presence of Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams. His role lessened that much more in the playoffs.
Bell played just 17 percent of the offensive snaps in the divisional round and also picked up a knee injury. He was inactive for the AFC Championship Game before picking up a “DNP” in the Super Bowl.
Bell claimed upon clarifying his initial statement he had a right to feel a way about Reid because of something the Chiefs head coach apparently said to him.
In any case, Reid does not hold any ill will against Bell as the former star running back looks to get his feet back under him.