New head coach Pat Shurmur lands defensive coordinator for Giants Christian Petersen/Getty Images
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher of the Arizona Cardinals walks out onto the field before the NFL game against the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pat Shurmur, the new New York Giants head coach, has reportedly found his new defensive coordinator in James Bettcher.

Bettcher was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals last season, but was not retained by the new coaching staff after Bruce Arians called it a career.

This is a significant hire for the Giants. Not only is it one of the first moves made by Shurmur, it appears to set the philosophy for the defense moving forward. Bettcher is known as a bit of a blitz-happy defensive fella, having blitzed at the second-highest rate in the NFL over the past three seasons. In comparison, the Giants were only 17th in that same span of time.

Only 39, Bettcher joined the Cardinals in 2013 as their outside linebackers coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015. Prior to that, he was the outside linebackers coach for the Colts in 2012. Going back deeper into the Bettcher resume, he spent 2004-11 coaching for a plethora of lower-level college football programs, mostly as a graduate assistant.

Despite his so-so background, he has a rather remarkable track record. Under Bettcher, the Cardinals allowed the fewest yards per rush (3.67) and forced the most fumbles (60) since 2015. You don’t have to be a mathematical wizard to realize those are good numbers.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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