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New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher realizes this defense needs to be consistent if they want to find success.

There’s a new era in place for the New York Giants, and it involves rookie quarterback Daniel Jones at the helm. With that, comes newfound confidence. After Big Blue defeated the Tampa Bay Buccanneers 32-31 this past Sunday, there’s faith that the Giants could actually win games now. It’s an exciting and optimistic time.

However, with that exciting and optimistic time, still comes an ineffective and disappointing defense. That side of the ball has been nothing short of abysmal for Big Blue. They’re 31st in the NFL with 460.3 yards allowed-per-game. On Sunday, they allowed 28 points to the Bucs in the first half before turning it around and only letting up three in the second half. The issue is their consistency, and defensive coordinator James Bettcher sees it head-on.

“If there was a magic pill for that answer, I would 100 percent already give it to you,” Bettcher said in response to how the defense turned it around in that second half, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “The truth of the matter is this: We have to call things better, we have to coach things better in the position meeting rooms and we have to execute better. That’s both scheme, that’s technique, that’s eyes. Those things have to occur for us to play more consistent.”

Many like to point the finger at the Giants secondary. And yes, it would make sense to. They’re last in the league with 332.3 passing yards allowed-per-game. However, the pass rush hasn’t been great either, at least through the first two weeks. The front seven only got to the quarterback three times in both of those games combined.

The rush is one of the main aspects that needed to improve within this defense, and it did in Week 3. The Giants racked up four sacks against the Bucs. Now, it’s the secondary that needs to follow suit.

Big Blue plays the division rival-Washington Redskins this coming Sunday. Fans hope both the pass rush and secondary can come together as a whole, and do it consistently.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.