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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets began their mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Afterwards, the AFC East blog caught up with new Jets safety Yeremiah Bell to get his thoughts on leaving the Miami Dolphins, joining their rival and a few other topics.
Yeremiah, I'm still not used to seeing you in these Gang Green colors. How is the transition going?
Bell: (Laughs) It's been good. It's been a really easy transition. All the guys welcomed me with open arms. Everybody has been helping me with the defense. Even though I've only been here a couple of weeks, part of the first week I was here it felt like home. You get the football spirit around here. Guys love to play, and it's easy to come here and get settled.
Did you know many of the guys here with the Jets before you signed?
Bell: I knew the guys playing against them, but not really on a personal level. It was more on an on-field level. But that's what's so funny, because when I was there it was back-and-forth [tension]. But as soon as you walk in here and you're on the other side, everything is all good. That was a blessing to come into, because I know that's not easy.
I don't recall you doing many interviews in Miami since you left. Can you give us your perspective of what happened with your release?
Bell: From my perspective, I think it was strictly a business decision on their end. It's part of the game. I kind of felt it going into the last year of my contract. That's something that happens in this league. So I just basically saw it as a business decision and left it at that.
Why did the Dolphins wait so late to make the decision?
Bell: Now, that part I couldn't tell you. I don't have anything negative to say about the organization, but that part made me a little mad. Because if they were going to release me, they could have done it before the free-agency period started. I don't have anything negative to say but I think they could've handled that a little better than they did.
Tony Sparano and Rex Ryan are different guys on the surface. How do you see them getting along?
Bell: They fit well to me. Both of them love football, and Tony is a fiery guy. Rex is a coach who loves it, and Tony is all about football. And it's two great minds. I think anytime you get two great minds together coaching on the same team, special things could happen. I think those guys mix real well.
What are your thoughts on pairing with safety LaRon Landry?
Bell: We can be as good as we want to be. We can be a good duo back there. We just got to learn the defense in and out and keep leaning on Smitty [safety Eric Smith] to help us both out and adjusting to the system. We can be a great tandem out there, along with Smitty. Smitty is in that mix, too. The three of us back there can be dangerous. We can do a lot of different things.
Finally, what's your take on your former Dolphins team doing HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer?
Bell: It's good for them. I mean, maybe they need it. It's a lot of good guys down there. So I'm sure they will do a great job. It will be pretty entertaining.
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