Joique Bell: 'I can do better'

Posted Feb 6, 2015

RB Joique Bell recorded the finest statistical season of his NFL career in 2014, but he's far from satisfied with his performance.

Joique Bell recorded the finest statistical season of his NFL career in 2014. The Detroit Lions running back rushed for a career-high 860 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.

He carried most of the load for the Lions run game as Reggie Bush battled ankle injuries for most of the season.

Joique BellRB Joique Bell (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)
But Bell isn't satisfied at all with his performance. He told reporters as much after an assembly at Allen Park Middle School Friday, where he was speaking to kids on leadership.

“As a whole, the season was a very successful season as far as the team,” Bell said of the Lions’ 11 wins and playoff berth. “As far as my (season), I really need to pick it up a little bit more. I can do better. We didn’t win a Super Bowl, so I can do more.”

Bell, who underwent minor offseason surgery, said everything was good from a health standpoint and that he’s started working out. He plans to be back for organized team activities (OTAs) in April, but couldn’t commit to being 100 percent for them just yet.

When asked to reflect on the season, Bell applauded the job of the Lions defense and admitted the offense hasn't hit their stride yet.

He’s hoping that will come in a second season in Joe Lombardi’s system.

Bell also reiterated his passion for the City of Detroit and how he so desperately wants to bring a championship to the city. He said that’s one of the reasons why he runs so hard on Sunday.

“When I’m out there running I’m running for my city,” he said. “I run with a purpose. It’s great for me to go out in public and for fans to say I run with heart because I really do.

“I went to college here (Wayne State), I’m playing for the Detroit Lions, and I’m not only representing myself, but my community. Not a lot of players can say that, especially in this league.”