The New York Giants (2-4) will host the Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1) at MetLife Stadium this Sunday in a matchup that has several subplots and backstories.
It is the first meeting of the top two quarterbacks selected in the 2019 NFL Draft (Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones) and also marks the first time several players and coaches — on both sides — will be facing their old teams.
Here is the Thursday update from the Giants three coordinators as they prepare for Sunday’s game.
Bettcher spent the previous five seasons before joining the Giants in 2018 with the Cardinals from 2013-17. In his last three years he served as the team’s defensive coordinator.
“It’s not about that at all,” Bettcher said when asked if he had any extra emotion for Sunday’s game. “I have a ton or respect for Mr. Bidwell, Steve Keim, there’s a lot of people in that building that are just great people. My wife and I had a great five years in Arizona, it’s a great place to raise a family, but we’re lucky and fortunate to be New York Football Giants. We’re excited to be here and other than that, we are just getting ready to play a game.”
On facing the elusive rookie quarterback Kyler Murray:
“I think our guys are excited about this challenge, a quarterback that’s really dynamic. I have spent 10 games playing against Russell Wilson in Seattle, so I have seen some guys like this that can buy time with their feet who are accurate and can deliver the ball on time and on schedule, then create some off-schedule plays. They’ve created a good amount of explosives in the pass game off of that. Also, the read option, there’s designed quarterback runs where he is running it and there’s other plays where he is reading the scheme of the defense, tucking the ball and carrying it or giving it. It’s going to be a great challenge for our guys.”