Cardinals star CB Patrick Peterson is the latest player to say great things about his former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher.
The 39-year-old Bettcher was called "one of the best young coordinators in the league" by former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, and Peterson thinks the exact same way.
"He's a great young defensive coordinator," Peterson told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "He brings a lot to the table. He's extremely smart. He understands how to adjust to whatever his players know how to do. The thing that I was most impressed with Coach Bettcher was the way he was able to relate to his players. I wish him nothing but the best of luck out there in NYC."
After McAdoo failed to relate to his players during his short tenure, the Giants front office wanted a culture switch in the locker room. Peterson praises Bettcher's way of communicating with his players, and that will be a big key in turning things around -- at least on the defensive side of the ball.
"Just the way he worked, the way he wanted to put his guys in the best position possible," Peterson said. "He's able to listen to his players. I think that's huge to any coach in this leage: Being able to relate and communicate with your guys to make sure that you guys are on the same page and both sides are comfortable with what's about to take place on Sunday."
Peterson also likes how Bettcher gets the most out of his 3-4 defensive scheme, and though it may take the players a little while to transition into it, he wants to let them know it's worth it.
"They're going to be changing over, so that's going to be a task," Peterson said on the switch. "We'll see how that transpires. I believe that's definitely going to be a challenge for them because not only are you teaching guys new positions, but you're teaching them a whole new system. I know he has his plate full and we'll just see what happens at the end of the day."
Bettcher must be up to the challenge as the Giants defense, which was ranked second in points allowed in 2016 and fell off tremendously last season, needs some rebuilding. But if there's anyone to turn them around, it's Bettcher in Peterson's eyes.
"He's very, very bright," he said. "He understands the game. The way he's able to draw up certain defenses on the fly, I think that's what makes him very, very special."