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Todd Bowles on James Bettcher as Cardinals DC: Arians 'made a great choice'

The new Jets head coach says to trust Arians.

NJ Advance Media for via USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals have a new defensive coordinator in James Bettcher, who was promoted to replace Todd Bowles, now the head coach of the New York Jets. Bowles was a guest on the radio in Phoenix, appearing on the "Doug and Wolf Show" on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, and he was asked about the decision to promote Bettcher to DC.

Bowles said head coach Bruce Arians "made a great choice," citing there were several men on the staff who could be good coordinators.

Then Bowles there is the trust factor he has in Arians.

"You trust in Arians," he explained. "(People) questioned me when I got there. You don't question. Bruce knows what he's doing when he's picking guys, so I trust it completely."

He suggested Bettcher needs to listen to his other coaches. They are on staff to help.

He will have some experienced help. His defensive staff includes Nick Rapone, who has been a defensive coordinator in the college ranks, and Bob Sanders, who has over 30 years of coaching experience and has been a DC in the NFL.

The Cardinals now have an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator with no experience in those jobs previous to their hiring. But they also have experienced coaches on staff to help groom the young coaches.

On the offensive side of the staff, Harold Goodwin is the coordinator, but he has great mentors in Arians and Tom Moore, who have decades of experience.

Now, defensively, Bettcher has Sanders, Rapone and Tom Pratt who can give him guidance and mentoring.

Of course, Bowles would never say anything negative about Arians or his coaching decisions. That's not who he is. But taking his statement at face value, should fans trust Arians in his hiring of a relatively inexperienced coach to lead a defense that carries the team?