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Giants DC James Bettcher demands that his defense execute better

Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher of the New York

Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher of the New York Giants is seen during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on August 6, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

So much attention has been focused on the Giants’ offensive shortcomings this season. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher wants to remind you that his group isn’t exactly playing up to expectations either.

He reminded his players of that as well.

Bettcher has been meeting with his players since their last game against the Eagles to go over exactly what he wants from them.

“Nothing to do with Atlanta [next game],” he said. “What do we need to do better at each position group? It’s like when sometimes you go to the doctor, you go see him, what do they give you? They give you a prescription for what you need. We look at it that way, it’s a prescription. Here are the things we need to do better at each position group. Some places, it’s individually.”

The recommendation on that script?

“To play better defense, that’s what it comes down to,” Bettcher said. “To execute better, that’s what it comes down to. To call games better, that’s what it comes down to. Focusing on the small details, the fundamentals, the techniques it takes to play good defense. That’s not coach talk, that’s what we’re talking about with our guys.”

After allowing 22.3 points per game in the first three games, the Giants have allowed 33.3 in their last three.

It’s important that the defense play better, not just to give the Giants a better chance of winning but so the unit can continue to develop. Bettcher came to the Giants with a reputation for being an aggressive and creative play-caller. So far, most of his schemes have been, well, more bland than bold.

“That’s part of a building process, that’s part of building a defense that’s not going to be a flash in the pan, that you’re going to build something that’s going to stand the test of time,” Bettcher said. “I think there is a growth process when you come in year one and you’re starting, working through things. We want to build this thing on concrete ground. We want to build on playing with good fundamentals and playing hard. Those things are much more important than scheme . . . You never go to Z before you hit A.”

Notes & quotes: The Giants are expected to make a significant change to their offensive line, a source confirmed. Patrick Omameh, who has started every game at right guard, will be benched against the Falcons. The Giants likely will have Spencer Pulley at center and move John Greco, who had been playing center, to right guard. Pulley started 16 games for the Chargers last season. “He is pushing toward perhaps maybe being one of the first five,” offensive line coach Hal Hunter said of Pulley on Saturday. Omameh injured his knee in practice this week and is listed as questionable . . . WR Russell Shepard (neck) also is questionable . . . WR Jawill Davis was ruled out with a concussion, leaving the Giants shorthanded at kickoff returner and in receiver depth.  They’ll likely promote a receiver/returner from the practice squad before Monday’s game. Options include former Browns first-round pick Corey Coleman, added to the practice squad this week, or dynamic college returner Quadree Henderson.


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