The Bears aggressively pursued Buffalo Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell as defensive coordinator. But, in the end, Fewell picked the New York Giants instead.
While the Giants are 1-2, Fewell's defense is ranked 10th in the NFL, five spots ahead of the Bears.
"I expect Perry to bring the same qualities that I expect from myself," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said when Fewell was hired in January. "I want him to be firm, fair, honest and demanding. My expectation is that he will solidify and unify our defense and be an outstanding teacher. I want energy, enthusiasm, toughness and to make the necessary corrections and game adjustments. Perry is a teacher and a leader and I thought he did an outstanding job of displaying great leadership as the interim head coach of Buffalo this season."
Fewell coached the Bears defensive backs in 2005, when the Bears led the NFC with 24 interceptions. But, Fewell also worked with Coughlin in Jacksonville.
Coughlin stressed that Fewell's defenses have a knack for generating turnovers. But, through three games, the Giants have six, two fewer than the Bears.
Despite giving up yardage, the Bears have gotten off to a strong start this season under Rod Marinelli, who is calling a defense for the first time. Most notably, the Bears run defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL.