Josh Bell (gridiron football)

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Josh Bell
Toronto Argonauts
2019, Coach Josh Bell.jpg
Bell before a Stampeders game in 2019.
Born: (1985-01-08) January 8, 1985 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive Backs Coach
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight177 lb (80 kg)
High schoolSkyline (Dallas, Texas)
Career history
As coach
20182020Calgary Stampeders (defensive backs)
2021–presentToronto Argonauts (defensive backs)
As player
2008San Diego Chargers*
2008–2009Denver Broncos
2009–2010Green Bay Packers
20122013BC Lions
20142017Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star2015
Career stats
Pass deflections16

Joshua Paul Bell (born January 8, 1985) is an American professional football defensive backs coach for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played defensive back for nine years in the National Football League (NFL) and the CFL. He was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Baylor.

Bell has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, BC Lions, and Calgary Stampeders.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, Bell was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. He was released on August 30.

Denver Broncos[edit]

Bell was signed to the practice squad of the Denver Broncos on September 24, 2008. He was promoted to the active roster on October 27 after an injury to cornerback Champ Bailey. In his rookie season, Bell appeared in nine games (five starts) and recorded 34 tackles and four pass deflections. He was waived/injured and subsequently placed on injured reserve on September 4, 2009. On September 10, 2009 the Broncos reached an injury settlement with Bell and released him.[1]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On November 23, 2009, the Green Bay Packers signed Bell after losing Al Harris to a season-ending injury.[2] On August 10, 2010, Bell was placed on Injured Reserve.[3]

BC Lions[edit]

Bell signed with the BC Lions on May 22, 2012 and played with the club for two seasons. In his first season in BC Bell only saw limited playing time on both defense and special teams. In his second year in the CFL, Bell recorded 45 tackles and 1 interception.

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On February 12, 2014, Bell signed as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders, reuniting him with former defensive coordinator, Rich Stubler.[4] Bell started all 18 games at defensive back for the Stamps in the 2014 CFL season. He finished the season with 56 tackles, 2 special teams tackles and 2 interceptions. On February 26, 2015 Bell and the Stamps agreed to a contract extension.[5]

Bell announced his retirement as a player on February 1, 2018.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On the same day that he retired as a player, Bell joined the Calgary Stampeders' staff as the new defensive backs coach for the 2018 season.[6] In his first year as a coach, he won his second Grey Cup championship following a Stampeders win in the 106th Grey Cup game. Following the cancelled 2020 CFL season, Bell was not retained by the Stampeders for 2021 due to the league-mandated football operation cap.[7]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On May 14, 2021, it was announced that Bell had joined the Toronto Argonauts as the team's defensive backs coach.[8]


  1. ^ "Broncos reach injury settlements with CB Joshua Bell, G Matt McChesney".
  2. ^ "Packers sign Bell".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Broncos reach injury settlements with CB Joshua Bell, G Matt McChesney".
  4. ^ "Stamps sign DB Joshua Bell - Calgary Stampeders". 12 February 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Stampeders sign DB Bell to contract extension". TSN. The Canadian Press.
  6. ^ a b "Joshua Bell joins Stamps coaching staff". 1 February 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Stampeders announce 2021 coaching staff". Canadian Football League. November 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Argonauts finalize 2021 coaching staff". Toronto Argonauts. May 14, 2021.

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