The Bengals took their first win of the season against the Jets in a 22-6 game in Week 14, an outing which didn't feature much Le'Veon Bell.
Bell had only ten times for 32 yards as a runner in the loss, which also saw four catches for the running back.
The plays being called for the Jets come via head coach Adam Gase. On Monday, Gase explained why he only mustered up 10 carries for Bell in the game. It was a matter of circumstances, the coach said.
"If we had more plays, there's more runs, if we're not behind 22-6, there's more runs. That's kind of how the game went, for us it's always about just doing what's best for that game and the situation that we're in," Gase said via conference call.
The decision was curious because of the Bengals' poor run defense all season. The previously winless team has their run defense ranked dead last in the NFL, allowing 157.6 yards per game. That left Bell appearing emotional after the game.
"We weren't executing," Bell said following the game at his locker.
Whether or not Bell, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this offseason, sees his usage increase over the final four weeks of the season remains to be seen. Gase added Monday he hopes that can be the case.
"Hopefully in these last few games, we can pop him free and get him to that second level," Gase said.