Jan 242018
James Bettcher, Arizona Cardinals (November 29, 2015)

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According to various media outlets, the New York Giants have hired former Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher as the team’s new defensive coordinator. The 39-year old Bettcher served as the Cardinals outside linebackers coach (2013-2014) before being promoted to defensive coordinator (2015-2017).

Bettcher became available when the Cardinals hired Steve Wilks this week as their new head coach. Bettcher was interviewed by the Giants on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Tennessee Titans were also interested in Bettcher.

Bettcher’s blitz-oriented 3-4 defenses ranked 5th, 2nd, and 6th in yards allowed and 7th, 14th, and 19th in points allowed the past three seasons with the Cardinals.

  • 2018-Present: Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2015-2017: Defensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2013-2014: Outside Linebackers Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2012: Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Outside Linebackers Coach, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2011: Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2010: Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coach, Ball State University
  • 2007-2009: Defensive Graduate Assistant/Defensive Assistant, University of North Carolina
  • 2006: Defensive Graduate Assistant, Bowling Green State University
  • 2003–2005: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, University of St. Francis
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Offensive Lineman, University of St. Francis (1999-2002)
  • Born May 27, 1978

Former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio was also a leading candidate for the Giants’ defensive coordinator position, but team decided on Bettcher over him.

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