BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Most people think the addition of James Bettcher as Giants defensive coordinator will help Damon Harrison.
The 6-3, 341-pound Harrison has been one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the NFL for the past two seasons while playing in a 4-3 scheme, and Bettcher’s multiple fronts should move Harrison to a more traditional nose tackle in a 3-4 look on certain plays.
But Harrison said he’s not sure about that. In fact, he’s not even sure he’ll be with the Giants.
“Hopefully I’ll still be around,” he said on Radio Row at Super Bowl LII on Friday.
Given that he is the team’s best defensive lineman, and also that new general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur have voiced a philosophy of building the team through size and strength on the line of scrimmage, there’s a pretty good chance he will be here. That’s just the undrafted player’s thoughts slipping out of the All-Pro’s mouth.
But Harrison said he has yet to hear from either Shurmur or Bettcher.
“I don’t like change much, but these are the cards that we have been dealt,” he said. “This is what we have to deal with. I’ve spoken to the new GM a few times and I think he will get us back on the right track. I like the way he thinks and his vision.”
Those are broad strokes, though. As far as the details of how Harrison will be used, he remains in the dark.
“I know absolutely nothing,” he said. “I don’t know how the new defensive coordinator runs his defense. It’s not always a zero technique, it could be just like a 4-3. I really don’t know, to be honest with you.”
If it is a 3-4 with a nose tackle, Harrison said he’d be fine with it.
“I’ve done it my whole career,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a problem. I just have to watch some film . . . Whatever they need me to do, I’ll do it.”