James Bettcher
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New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher was not happy with the defensive performance during the week 15 loss vs. the Titans. 

The New York Giants defense simply did not show up to play in the team’s 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans last week.

The run defense especially, as the Titans racked up 215 yards on the ground. 170 of which were from Titans running back Derrick Henry.

To say the least, Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher was not happy with the defensive performance. The main issue in his mind was the effort and success from a tackling standpoint.

“We didn’t tackle as well as we needed to tackle,” Bettcher said Thursday, per Dan Martin of the New York Post. “Overall, we need to tackle better. A hundred yards rushing in last week’s game came after missed tackles.”

The upcoming matchup this Sunday will be another big test for the defense. The Indianapolis Colts are an 8-6 team looking to make a playoff push down the stretch.


With safety Landon Collins on IR along with linebacker Alec Ogletree out with a concussion, numerous young guys will have to step up.

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These younger players include rookie defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh, B.J. Hill, as well as undrafted rookie linebacker Tae Davis. With the injury to Ogletree, Davis is expected to take the majority of the defensive snaps on Sunday.

Bettcher and the Giants are looking forward to evaluating those guys and seeing if they can be valuable assets for the future.

“With those guys, you see snaps of really good football and as young players grow, consistency is one of the keywords you want to use,” Bettcher stated.

The Giants kick off against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Many will be looking forward to seeing if the defense can bounce back against this Andrew Luck-led Colts offense.

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