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.