Tag:Rooney Rule
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 1:22 pm

Fewell still confident about coaching prospects

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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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Casserly: 'No exceptions to Rooney Rule' for Boys

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones is already pretty excited about Jason Garrett's potential as the future full-time head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

So much so that, he's seeking an exemption for the Rooney Rule (which requires teams to interview minority candidates before hiring a coach) in order to simply lock Garrett in. However, according to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, the league will not grant that exemption.

"I talked to the league," Casserly said on Inside the NFL. "No exceptions for Dallas or any other team with the Rooney Rule. In other words, the job has to be open at the end of the season and a minority candidate has to be interviewed."

Casserly also made an interesting point about Garrett, saying he's "re-instituted mandatory weigh-in's and fines for players that don't meet their weight on a weekly basis."

This attitude is a stark contrast to the way Wade Phillips ran things in Dallas, and if the Cowboys keep winning, it probably means that Jones will do whatever he needs to in order to make Garrett his full-time head coach (which probably means we could have an awkward "courtesy interview" of a minority candidate at some point).

This is also likely why Jones wants Tony Romo to have a shot at returning in 2010 -- that gives Garrett a better chance to win and solidify himself as the front-runner for the position of head coach.

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