Reports: James Bettcher to become Giants defensive coordinator

Getty Images

The New York Giants are hiring former Arizona Cardinals assistant coach James Bettcher to serve as their new defensive coordinator under head coach Pat Shurmur, according to multiple reports.

Bruce Arians had hoped Bettcher would be named as his replacement as head coach of the Cardinals when Arians elected to retire at the end of the season. But after interviewing Bettcher for the job, Arizona chose Steve Wilks to be their new head coach. Wilks is expected to bring in Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator with the Cardinals, which left Bettcher in search of another opportunity.

Bettcher was expected to meet with the Giants and Tennessee Titans about their defensive coordinator positions on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.

Bettcher served as the Cardinals defensive coordinator the last three seasons. He replaced Todd Bowles after he was hired as head coach of the New York Jets in 2015. Bettcher had been the team’s outside linebackers coach the previous two years.

17 responses to “Reports: James Bettcher to become Giants defensive coordinator

  1. HORRIBLE MOVE, the Giants are in further dysfunction! Bettcher NEVER made any halftime adjustments, and teams routinely scored double digits on us in the 2nd half of games: allowed 26, 21, 33, 21, 21, 13 and 17 second half points against the Lions, Cowboys, Bucs, Texans, Jaguars, Rams and Seahawks. The Giants will be 6-10 next year, Shurmer may be a bad hire sho’s not bringing in the right coaches! Good ole buddies club at it again in the NFL!

  2. Don’t let the 23-0 shutout fool you, Giants! The offense was HORRIBLE and the players already gave up on the coaching staff. This guy let Tom Savage dominate our D! We have too much talent on defense to play this horribly in the 2nd half of games (Patrick Peterson, sack-leader Chandler Jones, Honey Badger, Budda Baker, Robert Nkemdiche. Deone Bucannon, etc). Todd Bowles gave James Bettcher an already-elite NFL defense to work with! Hope Bettcher can learn to not call the same plays in the 2nd half of games, make adjustments!

  3. Interesting NYG doesn’t seem to like this guy. While people in Titan Town seem disappointed that we missed out on him. In this case, time will tell. Good luck to both teams!

  4. Cards fans are salty that Shurmur went to NY instead of AZ. Bettcher was the lone bright spot on their coaching staff as well. Bringing in Carolina’s D coordinator over him was a slap in the face. There’s no way he could stay after that. They’re going back to the old school Bidwell ways. Great hire by the Giants. As for the guy above saying he’s a terrible coach…Arizona’s offense was so bad they couldn’t stay on the field, forcing the defense to play too many snaps. That’s not Bettcher’s fault.

  5. NY fans are simple – they always prefer one guy over everyone else, that guy being the one you *didn’t* hire.

    ******************************************************

    Interesting NYG doesn’t seem to like this guy. While people in Titan Town seem disappointed that we missed out on him. In this case, time will tell. Good luck to both teams!

  6. As is always the case, I’ll let the season play out before I start slamming guys who forget more about football in a day than I will ever know. Shurmer, and now this guy, are being torn apart 8 months before they have even coached a game for the Giants, unreal. Gotta love know-it-all fans.

  7. I was hoping for Jack Del Rio because of his name and ties to some great defenses in the past. However, though I am not familiar with James Bettcher, I am certainly intrigued that the guy running the Arizona Cardinals defense will be calling the defense in New York. Arizona has always been known as a tough defensive-minded team and I am eager to see what he does with the pieces in NY.

  8. kamthechancellor says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Cards fans are salty that Shurmur went to NY instead of AZ. Bettcher was the lone bright spot on their coaching staff as well. Bringing in Carolina’s D coordinator over him was a slap in the face. There’s no way he could stay after that. They’re going back to the old school Bidwell ways. Great hire by the Giants. As for the guy above saying he’s a terrible coach…Arizona’s offense was so bad they couldn’t stay on the field, forcing the defense to play too many snaps. That’s not Bettcher’s fault.

    ————————–

    Salty about Shurmur? Nope.

    Cards fans wanted to run Bettcher out of town. Not completely, but quite a bit. No one wanted him as head coach. It’s true, he doesn’t make good halftime adjustments.

    He doesn’t suck, but I’d much rather have Wilks then Bettcher or Shurmur.

    First off it’s bidwIll. You know… and ‘I’. When you are going to pull bs out of your butt, at least spell it right. You also know, the ‘cheap’ option would be to hire from within, right?? So that blows up your argument.

    Another Seahawks fans grasping at anything to prevent from rationalizing that the Seahawks indeed could be in last place in the NFC west next year.

    The Giants got someone we didn’t want, but he is probably the best one out there for them.

  9. I guess I am one of the few Cardinals fans who think this is a great hire for the G-Men. I think Bettcher will be the hot HC candidate in 2-3 years.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!