New York Giants’ DC James Bettcher Opens Up About Defensive Schemes

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The New York Giants hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher to fill the shoes of Steve Spagnuolo after the lost 2017 season.

Bettcher has entered the organization with a new scheme, new expectations, and a better history. Bettcher has produced one of the NFL’s most feared defenses on a yearly basis, and it all revolves around being relentless.

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“The game is about playing hard, physical and smart. Our guys are going to be relentless.”

“I can talk until I’m blue in the face about playing hard, smart and physical, but it’s up to players to hold each other accountable and believe in it.”

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The Giants lost their confidence early in 2017, seeing several players face suspensions and locker room tension result in fights between teammates. That’s not the New York Giants way, and it had to be dealt with accordingly.

It was expected that Bettcher would be bringing his familiar 3-4 scheme to the Giants in the move, but it seems as if a hybrid defense might be better fit for a team with a strong defensive line roots.

The Giants recently traded away Jason Pierre-Paul and his massive contract, a deal that gave the Giants an additional third-round pick and exiled a huge salary-cap hit.

In 2018, the defense might have a revolving feature, meaning they can switch to a 3-4 or 4-3 on specific plays, making it difficult for the opposing offense to break down their schemes.

One of the players Bettcher raved about was safety Landon Collins. The upcoming season will be Collins’ third year as a professional, and having a versatile and dynamic threat in the secondary only helps Bettcher get his defense where it needs to be.

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Defensive coach Gary Emanuel gave us reason to believe Olivier Vernon will be a de-facto linebacker in the new defensive system, stating:

“Olivier Vernon is an outstanding football player and great young man. He’ll learn all the coverage’s and be able to make the transition in this defense.”

Hopes are also high for second-year player Dalvin Tomlinson:

Dalvin Tomlinson is a great athlete. He comes from a great program and had a good year last year and should be able to keep progressing.