Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Olivier Vernon has been a very good player the last two years in the Giants' 4-3 defense. But new defensive coordinator James Bettcher sees great things ahead for him in the Giants' new 3-4.
That's because Bettcher intends to use the 27-year-old Vernon the way he used Chandler Jones last season - primarily as a pass rusher off the edge. Under Bettcher's guidance, Jones became one of the most dangerous pass rushers in the NFL, with 17 sacks last season. And he's just the latest in a long list of 4-3 defensive ends who reached another level as the edge rusher in Bettcher's 3-4 scheme.
"I've had Chandler Jones, Marcus Golden -- shoot even when you talk about older players, a John Abraham, a Dwight Freeney that's played in this system who have been 4-3 defensive ends playing in this same system," Bettcher said. "(Those are) guys that have had a ton of success, guys that have been double-digit sack guys in this system."