- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have promoted linebackers coach James Bettcher to defensive coordinator and made several other changes to coach Bruce Arians’ staff.

Bettcher, 36, fills the job vacated when Todd Bowles became head coach of the New York Jets.

The Cardinals also hired Bob Sanders as linebackers coach and Wesley Goodwin as assistant to the head coach. Mike Chiurco was promoted to defensive assistant/defensive backs coach.

Arians had said he wanted to promote someone on his staff to defensive coordinator to maintain the system Bowles used so successfully.

Bettcher came with Arians from Indianapolis in 2013. He had been special assistant to Colts coach Chuck Pagano with an emphasis on working with outside linebackers.

Bettcher spent nine years in college coaching before coming to the Colts in 2011.

Sanders, 61, brings 36 years of coaching experience in college and the NFL. He was defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers for three seasons, then worked four years coaching the defensive line and linebackers for Buffalo. The past two seasons, Sanders was linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders.

Goodwin was at Clemson the last six years. He was a defensive analyst the past two seasons.

Chiurco was assistant to Arians the past two seasons.


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