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FoxSports.com: Favorites for NFL Head-Coaching Gigs

Perry Fewell

Team/position: New York Giants defensive coordinator

Age: 50

Previous NFL head coaching interviews: Fewell was a finalist for four jobs — Cleveland, Tennessee, Denver and Carolina — in January 2011. The previous year, Fewell re-interviewed with Buffalo after finishing the 2009 season as interim head coach. He didn’t interview for another position last January, but that was largely because teams didn’t want to wait until the Giants had finished their Super Bowl run before making a hire.

Why is Fewell radar-worthy?: He has emerged as one of the league’s most well-regarded assistants during 15 NFL seasons since leaving the college ranks. New York’s defense has dipped lately, but that often doesn’t hurt the résumé of a head-coaching candidate coming off a Super Bowl appearance the previous year. The 2011 Giants were outstanding under Fewell in defusing the league’s two best offenses during the postseason — Green Bay (divisional round) and New England (Super Bowl XLVI).

Potential fit: With Chan Gailey having posted a 15-32 record the past three seasons, the Bills may have made the wrong decision when not promoting Fewell from his interim post. With hat in hand, one of Buffalo’s first calls for a replacement should go to Fewell if Gailey is ousted.

Trivia note: Fewell was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 as a four-year football letterman from the early 1980s. Two other prominent alumni from the small North Carolina school — Rick Barnes (University of Texas men’s basketball) and Mike Pope (Giants tight ends) — also have forged successful coaching careers. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Courtesy of FOXSports.com



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