Exclusive Interview with CB Josh Bell
The next Steve Gregory? (Donald Miralle/Getty)
The next Steve Gregory? (Donald Miralle/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted Jul 10, 2008


SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler wraps up his series of rookie interviews, with former Baylor CB Josh Bell rounding out the docket. Bell talks about learning from Antonio Cromartie, showing up on every play, and learning opponents' tendencies. He also makes a promise to all the receivers he'll be pitted against: "You're going to feel me."

Click here to read the "Insiders only" portion of this interview, where Bell talks about reuniting with secondary coach Bill Bradley, shutting down Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree and gunning for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Michael Kranzler: You were ranked in the top-ten percent of your high school class. How important was it for you to get a good college education?

Josh Bell: I’m a competitor and I want to be the best at everything, so I took school as a competition. But I feel that getting a good education is more about learning the material than getting the stamp of a “good education.” You can go to a community college and learn more of the information than at a regular college. It just depends on the individual. But I place a high value on scholarship.

MK: You had 12 pass breakups in your career at Baylor but zero interceptions. Was there any reason for this?

JB: Actually, I dropped three of them that I should’ve had. I didn’t start until my senior year, but I didn’t make a lot of mistakes that the other team could capitalize on, so a lot of them didn’t throw my way.

MK: How difficult was it playing in the Big XII, where Baylor is a perennial doormat team?

JB: It didn’t really have an effect on us until the season was over and we realized that things didn’t really pan out for us. Going out every week, I was playing like we were playing against the No. 1 team in the nation and I had to be able to shut down any receiver we played. We had to deal with a lot of moral victories, which I hate, but moral victories keep your sanity when you’re not winning like you want to.

MK: Have any of the Chargers veterans started to mentor you on the field?

JB: It’s actually not just veterans. It’s Eric Weddle, Steve Gregory, Cletis Gordon, Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer. Cromartie is one of the biggest influences. He takes a lot of rookies under his wing. All of the players, they’re a little older and they’ve got more experience, so they teach us things so that we don’t make the same mistakes they did.

MK: What do you think is your biggest strength on the field?

JB: I like to say that my biggest strength is my mental part of the game because I don’t make mental errors, I don’t make mistakes. Scheme-wise against a team, I know exactly what they want to try to do to me in certain situations. I would also say my competitiveness. I might be 177 pounds, but you’re going to feel me.

MK: What do you need to improve upon most in order to have a chance to make this team?

JB: I guess I need to work on showing up on every play instead of showing up on every other play.

MK: What do you like to do in your free time?

JB: I like to watch a little bit of TV. I like to coach, actually. I like to coach track and be with the kids. I love dealing and interacting with high school-aged kids.

Click here to read the "Insiders only" portion of this interview, where Bell talks about reuniting with secondary coach Bill Bradley, shutting down Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree and gunning for a spot in the Super Bowl.



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