It has been reported that today Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell interviewed with the division rival Washington Redskins about their head coaching vacancy, one that was left open by the termination of Mike Shanahan at the conclusion of the regular season. I am of the mind that you can never fault a person for trying to get a better job than the one they have so in that way this interview was a no-brainer for Fewell. What coordinator wouldn’t try to become a head coach in the NFL?
Fewell has limited experience as a head coach in the NFL, he served as interim head coach for the Buffalo Bill in 2009, coaching them for the final 7 games of the year to a 3-4 record before being let go at the end of the season. After which he was picked up by the Giants to run their defense. His run as the Giants defensive coordinator includes a Super Bowl victory during the 2011 season.
That being said, Fewell’s defenses have not put up big time numbers here in New York. His defenses in his four years at the helm have finished in the top half of the league in points allowed only once, and have never finished in the top ten in that category (and let’s be honest, on defense the stat that matters most is how many points you allow). He has not proven to be able to assemble a consistently dominant unit in either run or pass defense in that time either. The Giants have been in the bottom half of the league in run defense three of Fewell’s four years as DC and have finished 28th or worse two of his four years in New York.
So the question is would the Giants really be that much worse off if he were to land the Redskins job? I don’t think so. I had mentioned in a previous article that I would want both of the Giants coordinators removed from their position after the regular season was over, and half of that has already happened with the retirement of Kevin Gilbride. I would have had Fewell on the chopping block anyway, so if the Redskins want to take him off of the Giants hands that’s fine by me.
(all stats via pro-football-reference.com)