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New York Giants’ Perry Fewell not Among Top Head Coaching Candidates

January 7th, 2013 at 9:15 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was thought to be a potential candidate for a number of head coaching jobs this offseason. After all, he had interviewed with the Cleveland Browns a season ago and several other teams in 2010. At one point, NFL Network even listed him as one of the top five assistant coaches likely to land a head coaching gig in 2013.

"I've never heard anything negative about him. His results speak for themselves and he deserves a head-coaching opportunity," one AFC personnel executive said.

Fast forward to now, and not only has Fewell not been interviewed for any of the open positions, but his name has not even been brought up in connection with any team other than the Buffalo Bills. And the rumors surrounding he and the Bills were likely fan generated, and put to bed as soon as they hired Doug Marrone to be their next head coach.

Perhaps Tom Coughlin knew something the rest of us didn't when he said he didn't anticipate any staff changes this offseason. And no, not just because the team had quietly extended the contract of Fewell following their Super Bowl XLVI victory, but because it's obvious now that no other teams across the league were even remotely interested – not even enough to use him to adhere to the Rooney Rule.

Respected or not, it's hard for an organization to look at a coach who led a 31st ranked defense and say "he's the man for us!" Alas, it's all but certain that Fewell will, in fact, remain the Giants' defensive coordinator for at least one more season.


Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Tom Coughlin

41 Responses to “New York Giants’ Perry Fewell not Among Top Head Coaching Candidates”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    not surprising
    he oversaw a unit that was a bottom third of the league performer

  2.  rlhjr says:

    Everyone is aware that Fewell leads a “ussy” defense with the exception of
    Mr. Mara and Mr. Reese.

    But they signed him to an extension before the season started. Obviously the equation 1 Superbowl = 3 years is applicable.

    So he gets a chance to prove how totally gutless he is with maybe healthy players next season. Wonderful. I can hardly wait.

    •  Krow says:

      One look at the teams in the playoffs will tell you that Perry’s defense is not going to get you to the post-season. They’re almost all blitz-oriented. You need a lights-out performance from your DL for ours to work, and that’s hard to come by on a regular basis. Only Cincy played a lot like us …

  3.  Krow says:

    All this recent success by rookies can be attributed to the salary cap.

    Look at our team. The players we had to let walk. Manningham … Jacobs. Over small amounts. A couple million. It’s today’s NFL.

    Increasingly the only way to hedge your bet is to utilize cheap labor as much as possible. And that’s rookies and UDFAs. Since the typical initial contract is 4 years you can’t burn two of them teaching someone how to play a position. They have to get on the field ASAP. So now you dumb down the scheme. Run the pistol … the option … or whatever the hell they’re used to playing in college. They get hurt … whatever … get back on the field. Churn the roster every year. Pay a few superstars and surround them with low priced JAGs. If you get lucky and they over-perform then you make a run. Otherwise it’s rinse-and-repeat. Next year it’s a new batch.

    •  Krow says:

      In this theme … Fewell’s defense is complicated. Hard for rookies and JAGs to understand. Takes a while to learn it. Not something an ever-changing roster can master.

  4.  kujo says:

    The head of one of the worst defenses in the league the last few years is not fielding a barrage of head coaching offers? Color me shocked.

  5.  G-MenFan says:

    It’s not just where this defense has been ranked, but it’s the talent level on the field in conjunction with the horrible ranking. There are first and second round picks all over the place.

    •  Levito says:

      It’s not just that, it’s A) how inconsistently they’ve performed, B) how they’ve given up big points/plays in big spots B) Fewell’s terrible game plans and C) Fewell’s inability to change his defense to fit the players on the roster.

  6.  jfunk says:

    I’m not defending Perry Fewell, but people at least need to understand what he’s being asked to do and what his objective is.

    What’s the purpose of his defense? To keep opposing teams out of the end zone and create additional possessions for the offense. Points allowed and turnovers. Yards don’t matter.

    The reason you would deliberately go with this type of defense is because you believe you have an elite offense that will score at will. You scheme your defense for turnovers because you think, given a couple extra possessions a game, your offense will out perform the other team.

    Giants defenses under Fewell have ranked 17th, 25th, and 12th in points allowed and 1st, 4th, and 2nd in takeaways, for 10, 11, and 12 respectively.

    So, while the points allowed are certainly not what you’d hope for (12th honestly probably IS what you’d hope for), he’s certainly delivered on the turnovers.

    It’s extremely painful to watch, and I’m not a fan of it myself. I too was hoping he’d be gone this year. But, he’s not the unmitigated disaster some of you are painting him as.

    Perry Fewell’s primary failure has been his inability to prevent the big play. That’s the thing you can’t have happen when you’re running this defense. Every play is another chance for a turnover. Giving up the big play allows the opposing offense to be productive without playing as many snaps. Those big plays have been given up primarily by broken coverages, which means Perry is failing to educate his players properly. Is it because he’s a poor teacher or because they’re idiots? Doesn’t matter, his job is to get them in position. So he’s certainly failed on that front.

    Overall, it hasn’t been a total disaster though. 12th & 17th for points allowed while being at the top of the league for turnovers is exactly what has been asked of him (25th is obviously outside of the acceptable range, even for the scheme).

    I’d go as far to say that if our elite offense wasn’t so prone to 3 & outs and turnovers of its own, he probably WOULD be a hot head coaching candidate right now. His job basically is a single sentence: “Get Eli Manning extra possessions”. He’s done that. He could do it better.

    Yes, I’d rather he be replaced. But I think it’s only fair to evaluate him within the context of his assignment.

    •  Levito says:

      Giving up yards is more important than you’re making it seem. If a team gives up a lot of yards, they’re probably on the field a lot more and the team’s offense gets less chances. Also, they’ve more gassed and likely to give up those points later in the game. And they’re giving up yards when the game is on the line and they need to give the offense the ball back one more time. Think Dallas (1) and Washington (2).

      •  jfunk says:

        I’m not arguing the scheme is a good idea. I don’t like it myself. I’m just pointing out what the theory behind the scheme is.

        That’s what the Giants hired him to run, so his success/failure should be judged on how well he’s implemented that scheme, not on how well the scheme compares to the scheme we wish the Giants ran instead.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        You’re missing the point of the post. Giving up yards isn’t great but it’s not all bad. Fewell is much more of a mixed bag than just bad. And it looks worse because many of us (me included) hate the style of defense. But it has been effective in someways. Definitely not all but not horible.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Excellent post. I have felt the same way but didn’t know how to articulate it.

    •  Krow says:

      There’s definitely some logic in what you say. My point is that for his defense to succeed you need a stellar perfomance from your DL in rushing the passer. If that doesn’t happen then ‘bend don’t break’ becomes ‘bend then break’.

      This year we’ve been too often the latter … too seldom the former.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Excellent explanation. However the Giant defense should be at least as well versed at three n outs as the Giant offense. In fact, they should be able to get off the field much better than they have. Again a single point of failure philosophy is in place. Money saver and good when it works.

      But one bad apple and the whole tree dies. Fugal, very fugal.

  7.  JimStoll says:

    There are 11 Giants coaches and players fans want dumped so far in our Keep ‘em/Dump ‘em poll. Here’s the list …
    … of players/coaches who have received more “Dump ‘em” votes than “Keep ‘em” votes so far. (Percentage of “Dump ‘em” votes is in parenthesis) …

    TE Travis Beckum 79%

    CB Corey Webster 75%

    DE Osi Umenyiora 71%

    Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell 70%

    T David Diehl 65%

    S Tyler Sash 63%

    WR Ramses Barden 60%

    DT Rocky Bernard 56%

    DT Marvin Austin 55%

    Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride 53%

    LB Keith Rivers 51%

    •  Levito says:

      Fans may not want them back, but fans on a whole aren’t rational. I’m p¡ssed about how Webster played too, but I want him back at a reduced salary. I’m more mad about how Webster was left one on one against #1 receivers later in the season than I am about his inability to cover them.

      •  JimStoll says:

        Osi is the only player on this list who will be missed
        Webster can’t excel in Fewel’s system and unfortunately Fewel isn’t going anywhere

  8.  rlhjr says:

    Seems the league has priced itself out of having smart GM and team building to last over 6 to 8 years. Because they (owners) paid the crazy asking prices of players. Not as bad as baseball however where infields unable to execute double plays are routinely making 10 to 15 million.

    No such thing as bringing a player along because it costs too much.

    Still, you would think the way around is drafting for a QB, then one or two dominating players on each level of your offense and defense. That baring injury would create balance on both sides of the ball. The Giants do pretty well.
    But they do not have a run of double digit win seasons. So the teams in the NFC east are just as bright and shrewd as the Reese/Ross duo?

    With the skins and cow turds being a joke most of the last 10 years and interestingly enough due to their owners. Philly has basically owned this team for four straight years. But the Giants have the best talent, coaching and front office of any in the NFC east? Kind of strange the Giants haven’t dominated this division the past seven years.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m in the DC area and the rumor here is RG3 has a torn MCL. And if that’s the case they are about to throw a parade.

  10.  JimStoll says:

    Rlhrj says: ….But the Giants have the best talent, coaching and front office of any in the NFC east?……

    who would ever assert that the giants had the best coaching?


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