The phrase, "They won't know what hit 'em," is perfect to describe defensive coordinator James Bettcher's system for the Giants next season.
Bettcher's 3-4 scheme is one of mystery and disguise, designed to keep opposing offenses guessing as to what type of defense the Giants are running. It worked with the Cardinals during his tenure there, and he is hoping for even more success with a promising, young defense in the Giants.
One of those youngsters is S Andrew Adams, who will battle for the starting position next to All-Pro S Landon Collins again in training camp. And though it may sound confusing, he had only one way to describe Bettcher's scheme.
"A lot of the things that are different look the same," Adams told Giants.com's Dan Salomone.
Can you elaborate?
"We might be in this type of look, but really we're playing this," Adams said. "Or we're in this type of look, and we're really playing this. I can't give too much [away], but we're trying to make things have carryover and have a lot of similarities."
For the front seven, Bettcher's system was expected to see a slow development. But Adams says the secondary hasn't struggled picking things up.
In fact, he says his unit loves it.
"First of all, I think the secondary is definitely picking up the new defense," he said. "We love it, and the most important thing is everybody is able to play fast. We've just got to keep communicating, just keep nailing down the small things and the small details, and then everything will play itself out."
But Bettcher is salivating over what Collins can accomplish in his scheme. Collins' versatility in that he can play virtually anywhere on the field could play a vital role in bringing the new system together.
"You might see a snap where he's down covering a tight end in the box, you might see a snap where he's in the half field playing deep or in the middle of the field playing deep or you might see snaps where he's blitzing off the edge," Bettcher said on Collins. "I think that's the versatility a guy like him lends and that's something that as you look and study defenses across the league and you talk to offensive guys of what gives them trouble, it's players that have that versatility -- that one snap they're down in the box and the next snap they're playing high. That kind of versatility gives offenses trouble."
With just a few weeks until the new season takes off at training camp, Bettcher's system will truly be put to the test. Luckily, his secondary room is picking it up quick, and having fun in the process.
"It's fun," Adams said. "That's what this business is -- competition every year, competing at the highest level, which only makes you a better player. We're all family in the DB room, everybody is competing, and everybody is just looking to help the team win that championship trophy."