Safety Antoine Bethea -- May 28, 2019
Q: How's the chemistry with you and (S) Jabrill Peppers forming?
A: So far so good. It's the offseason, training is all about OTAs, sitting in the film room, talking and dissecting different things. Obviously going out there on the field. Just playing with one another -- seeing how he sees things, and seeing how he plays. I think it's going to be a good connection between the two of us.
Q: What do you like most about (Defensive Coordinator) James Bettcher's scheme and what makes you such a good fit in that system?
A: Aggressive style of defense, aggressive style of play. It enables everybody on the field to make plays on defense, from the front to the back end. I can play back in the post, read the quarterback, and make plays.
Q: With a lot of young guys back there, do you feel like you're almost one of those coaches on the field and help provide that aggressiveness?
A: "Yeah, for sure. Being a veteran in this league, that's what your job entails. I've seen a lot. Coming in here doing the things I'm going to do, trying to bring these young guys along as fast as I can.
Q: How do you complement each other? (Peppers)
A: Peppers, he likes to play down in the box, get his hands on guys, he can cover. I can play on the back end, and do a multitude of things. I think we can play off of each other very well.
Q: You guys have experience playing both safety positions. Do you think that will help your symmetry playing with each other?
A: It helps a lot, even going in week-to-week playing against your opponent. A lot of times, you'll have a down safety and a back safety, but being that we've both played down and we've both played back, we can disguise our defense, help our defense, and confuse the opposing quarterback.
Q: Does this feel less like a new place for you because of your familiarity with Coach Bettcher and this defense?
A: Yeah, it doesn't feel new at all. I'm familiar with Bettch, the terminology. I think the biggest thing is just getting the continuity down with the guys on the defense, on the back end.
Q: Does this feel like the defense you played in while in Arizona?
A: Yeah, for sure. Again, we got some new guys out there, including myself. The continuity playing out there with each other is going to help, but I can definitely see some similarities in AZ.
Q: Do you think you can still play at that high level?
A: I'm not worried about that. If I didn't think I could play, I wouldn't be here. I'm not here to prove anyone wrong. I'm going to come out here and play the game like I've been playing for 13, 14 years.
Q: You said it doesn't feel new as far as the defense. What about just wearing different colors, different environment, different teammates, different city. How are you adjusting to that?
A: It's cool -- this is not my first rodeo. This is my fourth team. I've moved a couple of times. At the end of the day, you come to work and you do your job. You're a reporter for the Giants. If you go to another team, you'll report for that team. It's just what the job entails. Come in and be a pro.
Q: Do you think the young guys are playing faster than usual. Does it surprise you at the speed their playing at?
A: No, not at all. We got some smart young guys that came into the room. They're listening, their taking notes, staying after. You just got to take the meeting room to the field, and they've been doing that.
Q: How valuable are the safeties in Bettcher's defense that you're able to blitz and get after the quarterback so well?
A: That's just the style of defense that Bettch has. So, being able to have two safeties that can do that, it gives Bettch a multitude of calls that he can call. Obviously, opposing quarterbacks and opposing coordinators can't really dial in on certain people. Being able to have different people to do different things on the field on the defensive side of the ball, it helps a lot.
Q: After watching tape on the Giants and Bettcher's defense last year, did it look a lot like a James Bettcher defense? Or, was there not enough pressure getting to the quarterback?
A: I can't speak for Bettch, but playing in this system, you just have to know the feel of the defense. If you're not comfortable making certain calls, obviously you're not going to make those calls. I think the guys being their second year in the scheme, I think everybody is now comfortable. We'll see how the season goes.
Q: With you being the oldest veteran in the group, do you start up a group chat or other means of engaging and getting to know your position group? Or, are you going to let that develop organically?
A: Yeah, you've got to let that develop organically. We're here in OTAís, we've put some good work in, but during the season we'll come up with some things.