New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell isn’t new to being in the mix for head coaching positions and interviewing for vacancies, as he was one of the top head coaches on the open market a few offseasons ago. Fewell could have easily been hired as a head coach somewhere, but he ended up staying with the Giants and won a ring. He’s one of the best defensive coordinators in the game, and he’s consistently gotten the most out of the players he’s had on defense with the Giants organization. Defense has always been a strength for the Giants despite question marks at corner at times, and the Giants D was once again solid this season.
Even though he isn’t a hot name on the coaching rumor mill, there is one team with interest in him. The Washington Redskins requested an interview with the rival D a few days ago, and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Fewell’s injury is scheduled for tomorrow.
It remains to be seen if Fewell is a legitimate candidate for the Redskins or simply a Rooney Rule interview, but I think the Redskins do have legit interest in him. I mean, the Redskins really do need a head coach who can fix up the defensive side of the ball, because that’s the Redskins biggest issue. Their defense is horrifically bad, because they have poor personnel and absolutely no discipline. Hiring a defensive-minded head coach and a strong offensive coordinator who can install a simple offense to help out talented QB Robert Griffin III would do wonders for the Redskins.
They seem to be very interested in hiring a coach with a good background on defense, because they have also shown huge interest in Carolina Panthers top-notch DC Sean McDermott. One small benefit of showing interest in Fewell is the fact that it comes at the expense of a division rival.