ALLEN PARK — Sometimes run-
ning back Tatum Bell looks like a man in
torment this exhibition season.
He has rushed 12 times for 17 yards
and it appears as if rookie Kevin Smith
and journeyman Artose Pinner are pass-
ing him on the depth chart.
He has yet to break a run or even come
close. It’s handoff, two steps and tackle.
The runs all look the same.
But Bell is hardly a tormented man.
He’s smiling a lot these days because de-
spite the rough spots in the exhibition
season, he’s expecting a big season now
that former Lions offensive coordinator
Mike Martz is with the San Francisco
49ers. Bell remains angry with Martz be-
cause he stuffed Bell so far down the
depth chart that the Lions were left with a
sullen man who began to keep to himself.
On top of that, the Lions ran fewer
times than any other team. That normally
rubs running backs the wrong way any-
Now, Bell is excited to be part of the Li-
ons’ new commitment to the run and
away from the pass-happy Martz. He
even claims he’s enjoyed a good camp,
even though fans have not seen it on the
field. Bell said exhibition season carries
and yards do not matter for a veteran
back like him. He’s simply getting his tim-
ing down with the linemen and getting a
feel for the game again.
His glee comes from the departure of
Martz and he promises a better season
than 2007, when he carried the ball 44
times for 182 yards and one touchdown.
Said Lions running back Tatum Bell: “I
am glad (Mike) Martz is gone and you
can tell him I said it, too.”
Daniel Mears/The Detroit News
Running back says he’s
happy the Lions are done with
Martz and will run much more.
By Terry Foster
The Detroit News
The Lions will run more this season, but will
still count heavily on their two receivers. 3D
Please see Lions, Page 3D
Bell likes new scenario
BEIJING — The youngest
of Sam and Moya Taor-
mina’s eight children
growing up in Livonia learned
at an early age how to share.
But nothing could have prepared her
for this: sharing a dorm room at the ripe,
old age of 39 wit