Chicago Sun-Times

Source: Fewell has not made a decision

| 8 Comments | No TrackBacks

Perry Fewell has not committed to any job, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Sun-Times.

But Fewell is evaluating initial offers from both the Bears and the New York Giants, and is doing his due diligence on both clubs. Since he's never worked for the Giants, Fewell may be doing more legwork on that particular club.

As someone in a similar position, perhaps Fewell was calling around to see what it would be like to live in New Jersey/ New York? The job is one thing, but he does have a wife and two sons to think about, as well.

A native of North Carolina, maybe Fewell isn't a big fan of the New York metro area? He certainly wouldn't be the first person not drawn to the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are based in Lake Forest, IL. Since he was the Bears defensive backs coach in 2005, Fewell already knows what the area is like.

ESPN reported this morning that Fewell had made a decision and planned to inform both clubs of his decision. ESPN, however, also made clear that the matter was not finalized.

Something else to consider: even if he accepts one of the coordinator positions, Fewell could still later be hired as the Buffalo Bills head coach. The Bills defensive coordinator since 2006, Fewell was named interim head coach midway through the season, when the club fired Dick Jauron. Fewell interviewed for the head coaching position shortly after the season ended.

While he's considered a long-shot, Fewell remains a candidate for the Bills opening, along with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer turned down an interview opportunity with the Bills.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that the Bills may have given up on Bill Cowher and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

The process has been a slow one, which would seem to indicate that the Bills may be waiting on an assistant from one of the teams in the playoffs.

And with no other opening, the Bills aren't really competing with anyone for candidates.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/28668

8 Comments

This is what you get when Adam Schefter is your insider....He hears one opinion, not a legit source, and he is all over the airwaves. Mortenson is bad, but is practically infallible compared to Schefter.

Still, if I was Fewell, I would be signing up with the Giants. If Coughlin hangs it up after next season, which is a legit possibility, the Giants could just promote him to HC. They are a much more stable organization top to bottom than the mess we have here....

joe i like your comment, you seem like a pretty smart fella.. though the giants organization is unquestionably a more stable organization, they don't run the tampa 2 scheme. Im pretty sure the bears do, so as far as schemes go the bears are better suited for now, but if perry can somehow implement a new and effective scheme with our 4-3 defense and be successful than he can succeed with this team for a very long time. The giants defense is relatively younger than chicago's and also we have Jerry Reese running things over here. He's no bill parcels, but he with out a doubt one of the better up and coming general managers in the league. As far as Jerry Angelo goes, he's made some what of a mess over in chi-town, but i still like your core and i still think that with legit receivers jay cutler will mature next year. Not having your 1st round pick for this year and next will be a big blow, but where there's a will there's a way. Overall i think it would be wise for perry fewell to go with the G-Men, but i have this gut feeling that he will he headed to the windy city being that he has ties to it already. I hope new york gets him cause we need a good secondary coach/defensive cordinator, but only time will tell

Or he could be the next Bears Coach if Lovie/Jerry/Ted dont get it together this year. No way the mccaskeys keep them stooges if they screw up again, and actually with an entire new O staff and depending on Oline help that Jerry never has gotten right, It doesnt look good for Moe, Larry Curley.
So anyone coming in has to look at that possibility as well
Seriously

Thinking about Jerry/Lovie which came first the chicken or the egg? Who is to blame for real?
Persoannly I feel Lovie did a decent job, (with Ron) Coaching us to the SB, so I have to go with Angelo cant draft.

There is no doubt - Angelo can't draft; Lovie can't adjust. If I were Fewell, I'd make the BEARS wait and wait and wait and then I'd drop the GIANTS on them. :-)

Anybody else here have any doubts who is pulling the strings in this case: I personally believe it is Fewell. If Fewell is smart he will join the Giants or get the Bills HC gig and leave the Bears in the dust and prove that even Lovies bestes buddies don't want to join this horrid joke of a team. I hope Fewell will either A) make the immediate decission of joining the Gmen or B) milk this whole thing out as long as he can to make Lovie and Co suffer and not look for any other DC until it is too late. Ah. Vengeance is sweet.

What a cluster! At least the Bears didn't announce anything yet. Shefter is fun, but it wouldn't bother me much to see him with egg on his face.

I don't think Fewell, or any other smart assistant, is going to worry at all about "lame duck" coaches or "organizational stability". When Fewell is considering a decision between the Giants and Bears, that will not be a factor. The coming year is all that matters.


On the stability thing, it's a pretty safe bet that both the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears will be in business next year. They are conservative, family owned, teams.

On the lame duck thing, basically all NFL coaches are lame duck. Assistant coaches in the NFL are about one step beyond migrant workers in longevity and job security. A few have multi-year contracts, but realistically they are hired from year to year.
For example a year ago Seattle was probably seen as "stable" for assistant coaches. Mora was promoted from his position as the "coach in waiting". He was going to oversee the rebuilding of that team. Nobody I heard really expected much out of the Hawks this year. Yet Mora and his staff was fired after one year. Some stability. He may be a candidate for the Bears DC before it's over. Wasn't Ron Turner's name out there last year as a potential head coach?

NFL assistants live from year to year. Both Smith and Coughlin have to produce, or they will probably be gone.

Its not a big deal, Fewell is waiting on Buffalo, if he doesn't get the job, he will go to New York. Its intresting the Bears have looked at multiple OC's but only one DC, they are putting all their eggs in one basket again. Coughlin is actually much closer with Fewell than Smith and has more talent on his defense than the Bears do. He would also have more security and more freedom. Lovie's rep is garbage around the league and so is the Bears organization. You can't keep blaming everyone for your mistakes and firing everyone in sight and excpect to be a popular place to work. Rivera told everyone about Smith when he was let go, and everyone said it was just sour grapes. Well looks like Rivera was just speaking the truth, cause everything he said about Smith has been dead on.

This will go on untill the playoffs are over. Buffalo wants to interview Rivera, and I doubt Fewell beats him out. Former Bears and guys who worked with or are disiples of Buddy Ryan are real popular around the league these days. Some of the better coordinators who will be available are in the playoffs right now which is why I question the Bears wanting to fill their coordinator positions so quickly. With lots of teams looking to cut pay and lots of top coordinators out their looking to be a head coach Buffalo is just getting started. Fewell has no shot their with guys like Leslie Frazier, Brian Billick, Mike Zimmer, Todd Bowles and Mike Mularkey out their, I doubt Fewell gets Buffalo, also Knapp, Little Shanahan, and Cam Cameron.

Just remember the Bears actually believed people would be beating down their dorrs for these jobs. SO far the Bears have looked at one High profile guy who refused to even interview for the job and the rest have been from the bargin basement. Nobody wants to work with Lovie, or for the Bears, not even his pals.

Whats funny is Cowher was openly intrested in taking over the Bears. But the Bears thought they new better. Why would anyone want a Bill Cowher, who has only three teams on his radar and has turned down several offers by other teams. Nice work Bears.

Another intresting note, is that Special teams coordinator Dave Toub who is reguarded around the league as one of the best coordinators and has been talked up by guys like Ried and John Harbaugh. Has not been allowed to take a position coaching job with the Bears because they know much like Harbaugh, the moment he gets it, he is gone to another team. Both Reid and Harbaugh have expressed surprise that Lovie has not given him a shot. Probably because Lovie knows he is the Better coach, Special teams having saved his bacon more than once. While Special teams has not been as good as it was in the past, new rules and losses of his best players, to other teams or the starting lineup have cost him.

ahhh.....Its not a big deal, Fewell is waiting on Buffalo, if he doesn't get the job, he will go to New York. Its intresting the Bears have looked at multiple OC's but only one DC, they are putting all their eggs in one basket again. Coughlin is actually much closer with Fewell than Smith and has more talent on his defense than the Bears do. He would also have more security and more freedom. Lovie's rep is garbage around the league and so is the Bears organization. You can't keep blaming everyone for your mistakes and firing everyone in sight and excpect to be a popular place to work. Rivera told everyone about Smith when he was let go, and everyone said it was just sour grapes. Well looks like Rivera was just speaking the truth, cause everything he said about Smith has been dead on.

This will go on untill the playoffs are over. Buffalo wants to interview Rivera, and I doubt Fewell beats him out. Former Bears and guys who worked with or are disiples of Buddy Ryan are real popular around the league these days. Some of the better coordinators who will be available are in the playoffs right now which is why I question the Bears wanting to fill their coordinator positions so quickly. With lots of teams looking to cut pay and lots of top coordinators out their looking to be a head coach Buffalo is just getting started. Fewell has no shot their with guys like Leslie Frazier, Brian Billick, Mike Zimmer, Todd Bowles and Mike Mularkey out their, I doubt Fewell gets Buffalo, also Knapp, Little Shanahan, and Cam Cameron.

Just remember the Bears actually believed people would be beating down their dorrs for these jobs. SO far the Bears have looked at one High profile guy who refused to even interview for the job and the rest have been from the bargin basement. Nobody wants to work with Lovie, or for the Bears, not even his pals.

Whats funny is Cowher was openly intrested in taking over the Bears. But the Bears thought they new better. Why would anyone want a Bill Cowher, who has only three teams on his radar and has turned down several offers by other teams. Nice work Bears.

Another intresting note, is that Special teams coordinator Dave Toub who is reguarded around the league as one of the best coordinators and has been talked up by guys like Ried and John Harbaugh. Has not been allowed to take a position coaching job with the Bears because they know much like Harbaugh, the moment he gets it, he is gone to another team. Both Reid and Harbaugh have expressed surprise that Lovie has not given him a shot. Probably because Lovie knows he is the Better coach, Special teams having saved his bacon more than once. While Special teams has not been as good as it was in the past, new rules and losses of his best players, to other teams or the starting lineup have cost him.

but you f### now me old crap-yon...just trying to be poscatice...

p.s. non me gusta el BRANDO!!!

Leave a comment

Twitter updates

Categories

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Sean Jensen published on January 14, 2010 12:33 PM.

Fewell picks Giants, according to ESPN was the previous entry in this blog.

Giants announce hiring of Fewell is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.