Bell tells Jets fans to keep believing after Patriots loss


Le’Veon Bell urged the New York Jets fans to keep “believing in the team” following a third consecutive defeat to start the NFL season.

The Jets dropped to 0-3 after Sunday’s 30-14 defeat to reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots.

Star running back Bell – a high-profile arrival from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the offseason – used Twitter to express his faith in the Jets, despite their winless start.

Bell tweeted: “All you haters, enjoy it for now…just don’t go casper when all this gets turned around…we embrace adversity, we embrace the hate, and everyone that wants to see my team fail, or me fail individually, I’ll remember, we’ll remember it ALL, & use it, & wear it as a badge of honor!

“And all of the fans, we need you! More than ever, don’t give up on this team…just keep believing we’ll get this ship turned around & sailing in the right direction!

“We’ll give it our ALL and we’ll be back after the bye…we love you all & we appreciate all your support, it’s NEEDED.”

Bell was equally confident speaking to reporters after the game, adding he is not worried about the state of the Jets this early in the season, especially as they enter their bye week.

“I’m not frustrated at all,” Bell said. “I just know this team has a lot of talent, we just have to put it together. It’s a new system, guy’s first time playing together, a new coaching staff. We’ve just got to mesh everything together and we’ve got to get on board.”

When asked if what is going on offensively is beyond a quarterback situation, Bell declined to place the blame on Sam Darnold, who is not expected to return until Week 5 at the earliest as he continues to deal with mono.

“It’s a team thing, it’s not just the quarterback,” Bell said. “Football is a game of three phases. It’s offense, defense, and special teams, right? I think the defense fought their tails off. Going against the type of players they’re going against, they did everything they can do. Special teams made plays. Offensively we’ve got to get better. Regardless of if Sam [Darnold] is in the game or not we’ve got to protect him. We’ve still got to make plays on the outside. We’ve got to just clean up the little things and we’ll be fine.”

Bell, who sat out all last season amid his contract dispute with the Steelers, has 56 carries for 163 yards and 20 receptions for 121 yards on the season for New York.

The Jets will have a shot at salvaging their season when they next visit the Philadelphia Eagles on October 6.