Tatum Bell is setting “reachable” goals for himself nearly a week after Lions QB Jon Kitna called the Lions winning 10 games and the team released former Lions starting RB Kevin Jones. “I think I can get 1,300 yards,” Bell said Wednesday to the Detroit News. “That’s my goal — at least 1,300, 15 touchdowns. I know it’s reachable.”
Bell’s goals may have been influenced by his inspiring offensive coaches who pushed for Bell. Coach Marinelli said, “The biggest selling job we did was, the offensive staff stood on the table for him. They fought. They really wanted him back. They all felt really good about him.”
The fifth year pro re-signed with the Lions after testing the free agency and dodging chances to play with the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Bell, the firing of former Lions OC Mike Martz and the hiring of OC Jim Colletto helped in his decision making to return to Detroit. Bell said on Martz, “(T)here wasn’t anybody throwing anybody under the bus. I wasn’t one of Martz’s guys. That’s just what it was.” It wasn’t an obvious that Mike Martz is a pass first coach. In fact, the Lions finished 31st in rushing yards and last in rushing attempts. They didn’t start picking up the run until the late return of Kevin Jones in 2007. This season, Colletto will stress a simpler offense where Bell can execute his fearless and speedy running style.