James Bettcher - Updated Jun 2024

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James Bettcher

James Bettcher is an NFL coach from the United States. James Bettcher is the linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.

Early Life

James Bettcher is a 45-year-old NFL coach, born on the 27th of May 1978, in Lakeville, Indiana, the United States. He is a US citizen and belongs to the North American ethnicity. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Gemini.

He was born to his father Tauren Meadows Sr. and his mother’s name is not yet known at the moment. Meanwhile, there is very little known about his early life and siblings. This NFL coach has not yet mentioned his siblings in interviews.

There is very little information about his early school. But, it is known that he graduated from the University of St. Francis.

Professional Career

Initially, James Bettcher began his coaching career in 2004 as special teams coordinator & defensive line coach for Saint Francis (IN). He additionally worked with the quality and molding staff and was the head track mentor in 2003 and 2004. During Bettcher’s tenure at St. Francis, the Cougars made three playoff appearances, including two national title games.

He was a three-time NAIA All-America Scholar, a three-time Mid-States Football Association Scholar, a two-time NAIA Coaches’ All-America selection, and a two-time Don Hansen’s All-America selection during his career as an understudy competitor at St. Francis.

After working as a graduate assistant for Bowling Green, he went on to work for North Carolina, Ball State, and New Hampshire.

Started Coaching for the NFL team

Bettcher was hired by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League after coaching at several colleges. When Bruce Arians was the Colts’ interim head coach, he coached under him. Later, he moved to Arizona when Arians was hired as head coach by the Cardinals.  He was promoted to replace defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who left to become head coach of the New York Jets.

James Bettcher

Caption: James Bettcher working as a coach (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

During his tenure as defensive coordinator, the Cardinals never finished lower than seventh in the league in overall defense. After head coach Bruce Arians retired, Bettcher was seen as the most likely successor, even bringing in a coaching staff that included Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator and Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator. Instead, the Cardinals hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

Bettcher was hired as the New York Giants defensive coordinator on January 23, 2018, by head coach Pat Shurmur. New Giants head coach Joe Judge did not retain Betcher for the 2020 season, instead hiring Patrick Graham. He was hired as a defensive assistant by the San Francisco 49ers in 2021. defense that finished third in the league in total yards allowed (310.0 per game) and seventh in rushing yards allowed (103.5).


Bettcher earned all-gathering respect three times and was the beneficiary of the St. Francis Helmet Award for initiative and coachability in 2002.

James Bettcher – Net Worth 2024

Through his successful coaching career and working with several NFL teams, he has earned a good fortune and lives a lavishing lifestyle. As a linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, he has got good pay from the club. However, how much he got paid, his net worth, and his salary are yet a mystery.

Relationship Status

James Bettcher is a married man and married to Erica. With the marriage, the couple has a child named Colton. However, the exact information regarding the couple’s first meeting, marriage date, and place are still unknown at the moment.

James Bettcher

Caption: Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher, second from right, and his wife Erica were honored in July 2017 by the City of Chandler for their actions (Source: ESPN)

There is no news about Bettcher being involved in any kind of controversy or scandal. Meanwhile, he has maintained a low profile and avoided such things.

James Bettcher – Body Measurements

Looking at his appearance, he has a pair of blue eyes with dark brown hair. However, his other body measurements such as height, weight, dress size, and many others are still unknown.

Social Media

As of now, this NFL coach is not present on any kinds of social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.