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Fewell still confident about coaching prospects

Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 1:22 pm
FewellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

A few months ago, after Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell had gone 0-for-4 on landing a head coaching job in the offseason, Fewell felt fine about his position in the NFL.

He didn’t wonder if he had taken over for Leslie Frazier as the hot new Rooney Rule token interview. In fact, he felt as if the Rooney Rule helped him get his face and his ideas in front of the executives who hire head coaches – not just those who needed new coaches immediately, but for the entire league.

And just because the Browns job went to Pat Shurmur and the Broncos job went to John Fox and the Panthers job went to Ron Rivera and the 49ers job went to Jim Harbaugh – all of them beat out Fewell for those respective positions – that doesn’t mean Fewell feels hopeless.

Instead, Fewell – who was in charge of a Giants defense that ranked No. 7 in the league last year (after it was No. 13 in 2009) – is a confident man.

His attitude hasn't changed. Fewell still feels pretty good about his spot in the NFL.

“I know now, probably more so than ever, that I’m ready,” he told the Newark Star Ledger. “I’m prepared to lead a club and an organization and a football team into battle on Sundays to win a Super Bowl. I learned a lot about administration and organization and preparation as far as the interview process is concerned.”

Fewell's journey
Not only has Fewell steadily improved New York’s defensive ranking, he also has true proof that he can be a successful head coach. In 2009, the Bills fired Dick Jauron midway though the season, and they elevated Fewell – the defensive coordinator in Buffalo – to the interim head coach position.

Almost miraculously, Fewell led the Bills to a 3-4 record during the final seven games, giving his head coaching profile a huge boost. It was a wonderful performance by Fewell, and though the Bills passed him over in order to hire Chan Gailey, Fewell suddenly became a legit candidate.

Obviously, he went undefeated in NOT getting a new job this offseason.

But like Frazier before him, Fewell eventually will land his head coaching job. And it will have had nothing to do with the Rooney Rule.

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Fewell still confident about coaching prospects

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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:37 pm

Fewell still confident about coaching prospects

I am not a Giant fan, but I do think that Perry should have an opportunity now and not later.  Kind of sad that certain guys who failed (Peter Carroll and Ronald Rivera got 2nd chances) are back.  Why not Perry?  Is it color?  I hope not.  I do like to think that we today do not look at color first and then if he is talented enough.  I watched their games and he does a good to great job.  Give him a chance.  His time in Buffalo as coach (3-4 in Buffalo is like going 14-2 with an actual team) should get him that chance!

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:42 pm

Fewell still confident about coaching prospects

Yeah I am pretty sure that is the point they are making in the article.  The point of saying "token" is because they have to give someone other than a white guy an interview.  The Rooney Rule in and of itself is racist as it separates whites from everyone else, but that is another argument.  

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:49 am

That's Racist

Rooney Rule token interview.

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