First Call: Le’Veon Bell ‘Likes’ Criticism of Jets; Big Ben erased from Browns record book; Pitt, WIAL QB promoted to Dallas


Former Steeler Le’Veon Bell disliked his coach on Twitter. Ben Roethlisberger is eventually erased from the Cleveland Brown Records book. The Dallas Cowboys could turn into a Pittsburgh product if Andy Dolton gets hurt. “Ground Chuck” is still in playoff form.

All that and in Tuesday’s “First Call”.


Le’Von likes to ‘criticize’ his role

It seems that the relationship between Le’Vonne Bell and Head Coach Adam Gesse between the New York Jets is deteriorating.

Well, it has always been in question.

But now it is difficult to ignore the conversation. The former Steelers All-Pro liked some of the tweets, which were crucial to Gesse’s offense. Bell was targeted only once in the passing game as New York lost 30–10 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Bell’s actions seemed to be less pleasing.

“I get it,” Gesse said Monday via CBS Sports. “Players get frustrated when they feel they should either be more targeted or touch more. I think a lot of people are feeling this way. Just have to go back to work and find a way to get people involved.

“I hate that we are going this way rather than talking about it, but (it seems) this is the way people nowadays want to do it.”

The jets are 0–5. Bell has played only two games. This is due to an injury suffered by Hetstring Week. He has averaged only 113 yards out of 22 touches in 2020.

During his time in Pittsburgh, Bell was often used by Ben Rothlisberger as a substitute.


Dallas may need DiNucci

Now that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dac Prescott has undergone ankle surgery for the compound fracture he suffered Sunday, the depth of the condition is being tested.

Andy Dalton is currently a starter. He helped the Pilots to a 37–34 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday following a horrific injury to Prescott.

This means that former Pitt Panther Ben Diucci is being elevated for a backup job.

There is a Pittsburgh connection between DiNucci and Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy. Dinaki participated in Pine-Richland. McCarthy hails from Greenfield.

After his field season, DiNucci transferred Pitt to James Madison. As a senior, DiNucci started all 16 games, passing for 3,441 yards and 29 touchdowns. He completed nearly 71% of his throws and carried 122 carries for 569 yards and seven rushing touchdowns.

The Cowboys selected him in the seventh round of the 2020 draft. NBC Sports Washington is speculating that the Cowboys may acquire Dwayne Haskins. Tyrod Taylor of the Los Angeles Chargers and free agent Colin Kaepernick were also mentioned.

McCarthy confirmed on Monday that Prescott had a successful surgery. He was released from the hospital, and has now recovered.


Baker gives Big Ben the best

One of the most ignorant statistics in football history is that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger held the record for the most wins at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium.

What about your franchise when your QB has more wins under center in your own building than someone in your team?

Especially after the stadium opened in 1999. Rothlisberger became a rogue in 2004 and has 11 wins there.

But Baker Mayfield can now finally claim that mark. So the record is now in Cleveland’s own hands. Mayfield secured the 12th home win of his career, losing to the Colts on Sunday, 32–23.

Derek Anderson had the previous high water mark for the home team QB with 10. The Steelers do not play their game in Cleveland this year until the last week of the season. 3.

For Mayfield’s injured ribs, the team seems optimistic that she will be able to play against the Steelers this week at Heinz Field.


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The Tennessee Titans are trying to soften the news coming out of Nashville as it focuses on their Kovid-19 protocol compliance.

The alleged flaws are at the center of questions as to why the team had a breakout that called off the rescheduling of several games.

With some non-prevalent practices, Tennessee is reportedly taking heat for not wearing a 100% mask. General Manager John Robinson is admitting that his players are completely minimal when it comes to wearing them at designated places.

But he is stressing that the Titans are not alone in that regard.

For the first time since September 27, the Titans are scheduled to play against the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night.

At the time of this post, anyway.


Together chuck chuck

Former Pirates Charlie Morton did not dominate, but he was good enough to help them win the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. They defeated Houston Astro 4–2. The Rays now have a 2–0 series among the best seven.

Morton won, while playing five innings, scoring five runs and conceding no runs. He threw 95 pitches, but made only one move and struck out five strikes. Morton also won in Game 3 of the New York League as well as the American League Division Series.

He also got this surreal defensive game from Manuel Margot in the right field.

Shortstop Willie Adams also rocked.

Margot also assisted on offense, with Homer scoring three runs in the first inning.

Game 3 is Tuesday night. Another former Pirates, Tyler Glassow, pitches for Tampa in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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