The Giants new defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, brings a new dynamic to the defense with his 3-4 scheme. So where do traditional defensive ends like Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon?
Former Cardinals HC Bruce Arians, who had Bettcher on his staff, thinks Pierre-Paul and Vernon would fit perfectly into Bettcher's scheme. The Cardinals pushed to get JPP because they were convinced he could convert into a 3-4 outside linebacker based on his speed and quickness off the line.
After Pierre-Paul signed with the Giants on a one-year deal, the Cardinals dealt for Chandler Jones, who has thrived in Bettcher's system with 28 sacks in two seasons.
"What he did with Chandler Jones was amazing," Arians told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "You drop into coverage some, but the majority of the time you're rushing the passer."
Vernon, on the other hand, may not have the same speed as Pierre-Paul, but Arians thinks there's a spot for him as well. Bettcher will certainly make one for the man with three years remaining on his five-year, $85 million deal.
"(Bettcher will) find a spot for them," Arians noted. "Nickel defense is 70 percent of the game anyway, so they're going to be playing a 4-2 anyway. They'll be put in there natural position. It gives them a position to grow into and get more sacks."
Bettcher's scheme appears to be friendly to players that are traditional 4-3 linemen, and Giants new HC Pat Shurmur backs up that notion.
"Some of our defensive lineman can convert," Shurmur said. "It's five on the line, but it's one gap. So whether it's four on the line or five on the line, you're playing one-gap defense. They all do that."
In the secondary, Bettcher got to work with a stout safeties in Tyrann Mathieu and Antoine Bethea, and he gets arguably a better player in Landon Collins now. Arians believes Collins will like the opportunities Bettcher's scheme will give him.
"I think he's perfect," he said. "What (Bettcher) did with Tyrann Mathieu and then this year with Budda Baker (and) Antoine Bethea had five picks this year. So, the safety role is so versatile and you've got a guy that's a versatile player. What Tyrann has done from that position, Landon is perfect for."
Bettcher is also a blitz-heavy coach, and that means the Giants' cornerbacks need to play man-to-man at times. The Giants have decisions to make in that area, especially regarding Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who has been considered a trade target for the last two seasons.
"You've got to have guys that are willing to jump out there and get in somebody's face man-to-man," Arians said.
Bettcher is sure to switch things up for the defense that ranked 27th in scoring last season.