Until their contracts expire or they're released, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is forbidden from speaking about New York Jets safeties LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell or Eric Smith.

As defensive coordinator of the Jets a few weeks ago, however, he could blab, blab, blab all he wanted.

I reviewed Pettine's 2012 news conferences to search for comments about his former safeties a day after the Bills released captain George Wilson.

Pettine on his safety trio (Sept. 13, 2012):

"We love Eric Smith at 300 or 400 snaps, but not a guy that -- given his role on special teams -- is a full-time guy. That just doesn't make a lot of sense. So we wanted to find guys that were starting-caliber guys and that have the attributes that we found in both those guys with Yeremiah and LaRon.

"They're both savvy players, have some man-cover skills. ... They're both very versatile. They can play in the post. They play the deep half. They can come down and cover man. They can be involved in the run game.

"Then there's the toughness aspect that we always pride ourselves, and that's the style of defense we're going to play. We're not going to make it easy for a receiver to want to come over the middle, and certainly both of them -- LaRon, especially -- has provided that element."

Pettine on Landry and Bell (Sept. 6, 2012):

"We never thought of [Landry] as a box safety. Here's a guy who ran sub-4.4 [40-yard dash time] coming out, has great range. To me, he's a complete safety because he's an excellent blitzer, his man-coverage skills are solid -- that was one of the things that we studied when we looked at him on tape -- and he played a lot where he was in a two-shell and had to come off the landmark on the hash mark and play No. 1 down the boundary, and there's no issues with his range.