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first_imgBettcher spent the past two seasons coaching the Cardinals’ outside linebackers.  Prior to that, he spent one season in Indianapolis with the Colts in the same capacity.And that is the extent of his pro coaching background.Despite Bettcher’s lack of a broad NFL resume, his players are completely behind their coach.“J.B. was my coach last year, so I’m comfortable with him.  I know what he can do,” linebacker Alex Okafor said.  “He’s just very detailed oriented, and I think that’s what he adds to our group.  He’s going get everybody knowing what every other position does, not  just teaching that one position.  I think it’ll help the overall knowledge of the defense and help us work better together.”Added safety Tyrann Mathieu about his new boss, “He’s a smart guy.  I think the biggest thing I respect about him is he holds us accountable, obviously.  He gives great feedback, and he wants us to give him feedback.  We’ve been working well with each other—he’s been working well with all the guys.  We expect big things from him, also.”Bettcher, 37, is the third-youngest defensive coordinator in the NFL and the sixth-youngest coordinator overall. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher calls in a play during training camp Aug. 5. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. – If the health of quarterback Carson Palmer is the No.1 offensive question mark facing the Arizona Cardinals here in training camp, then the uncertainty surrounding new defensive coordinator James Bettcher is the equal defensively.It’s Bettcher whom head coach Bruce Arians tabbed to replace Todd Bowles, who after a successful two-year run left to lead the New York Jets.Through five training camp practices, not to mention a full offseason—OTAs and mini-camp—the transition has been an easy one. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   “I’ve been fortunate of who I’ve worked for.  I’ve been around good people,” he said.  “I got parents that taught me how to work hard, taught me the value of a tough day’s work.  I think that’s a big part of it.  Keep your head to the grindstone.  You work, you have goals, you have a vision of what you want to do, but you work every day to accomplish those goals.” – / 38 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “With the vets we have here, with the coaches I have on this defensive staff, the transition has been smooth for me, personally,” Bettcher said Wednesday.  “I can’t thank those guys enough because they’re all in, and we all have one common goal and that’s to be playing in February.“When we approach it in the meeting room, we’re not worried about that date that’s way out there, we’re worried about the day, we’re worried about the meeting.  We come to practice, we’re worried about the practice, the rep.  We’re taking that small mentality of one step at a time.”According to head coach Bruce Arians, the biggest adjustment Bettcher faces is play-calling.Bettcher didn’t disagree.“Number-one, I’ve worked for a lot of phenomenal defensive coaches.  Todd being one of them,” he said.  “And I work for the best head coach in the National Football League who, as you can see today, everyday he’s putting me in a situation I’m calling games at practice.  We’re playing real football.  We’re not just scripting periods.  We’re calling games and preparing.  So, I’ve got to take the approach to get myself ready, in those situations, evaluate those situations; t hen, you watch film and you call games.”last_img read more