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Fewell familiarity overblown

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2011 – 7:00 am

Yes Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has a firm working knowledge on the individual talents of a good number of players on Buffalo’s roster having coached them himself during his time in Buffalo. But as far as head coach Chan Gailey is concerned, that fact is given a bit more weight by the media than is necessary.

“I think sometimes that’s a little overblown because we have to do what we do,” said Gailey. “We can’t sit there and say, ‘What if he’s thinking this, what do we do?’ You’ve got to go play your game. We’ve got enough new faces that it’s not the same group that is here now, that was here when he was here.”

Only 18 players on the current roster were with the Bills in 2009 when Fewell was interim head coach.


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Fewell not adding any fuel

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2011 – 10:04 am

Bills former interim head coach Perry Fewell runs the Giants defense. Though there are still a good number of players on Buffalo’s roster from that 2009 season when Fewell ran the Bills for the last half of the year, there’s no indication in the locker room that facing Fewell now will stir up any added motivation.

“Really a lot has happened since then and there’s been a lot of turnover just in terms of the guys that are now in our locker room,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “And that’s just the nature of the NFL.  I know the guys are excited to see him.  I’m excited to see him.  He’s a guy that was in my corner and gave me some opportunities and I’ll always respect him for that.”

When Fewell took over as interim head coach following the firing of Dick Jauron, one of his first moves was to insert Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback.

 


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Fewell to the Giants

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 4:13 pm

After careful thought and consideration former Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell has decided to accept the Giants offer to be their defensive coordinator.

That according to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora. Fewell had been mulling his options as the Bears also offered him their defensive coordinator post. It was a tough decision for Fewell who has worked under both Tom Coughlin and Lovie Smith in his coaching past.

The Giants however, appear to be the more stable situation, with Lovie Smith’s future uncertain beyond 2010.

This likely removes him as a candidate for the Bills head coaching job.


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Fewell not a Giant yet

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 2:14 pm

Looks like the ESPN report that former Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell was going to take the Giants defensive coordinator post was premature.

According to multiple reports, Fewell is still mulling his options, those being the Bears and Giants.

He’s also still in talks with both teams. No word on whether this is driving up the price, but it’s clear that both clubs covet Fewell as a DC.


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Report: Fewell headed to Giants

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 11:53 am

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bills former interim head coach Perry Fewell is going to accept the offer to become the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

Fewell was going back and forth between returning to coach under Lovie Smith in Chicago and coaching under Tom Coughlin in New York. The problem is Fewell has coached under both head coaches before, first with Coughlin in Jacksonville and later with Smith in St. Louis and Chicago. So the decision had to be anything but easy.

Apparently he saw the Giants as a better fit for him. This does not necessarily take him off the list for Buffalo’s head coaching position, but it appears likely. I don’t think it’s the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was language in his contract with the Giants that allowed him to take the Bills head coaching post if it was offered to him. But taking another job just day or weeks after accepting a prior opening won’t curry a lot of favor in the coaching ranks. My guess is he’s staying put once he sign with the G-men.


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Fewell to decide on Giants or Bears

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 10:59 am

According to the Chicago Tribune Bills former interim head coach Perry Fewell is not waiting on Buffalo to make a head coaching decision before deciding on a defensive coordinator job offer.

Instead Fewell is negotiating with both the Giants and the Bears as he weighs which job is more attractive to him. According to the report Fewell spoke with both clubs on Wednesday. Fewell is currently the first choice for both teams for their vacant defensive coordinator positions.


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Fewell lying in wait

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2010 – 9:54 am

Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell is considered by many to be the number one candidate for the Bears defensive coordinator post, but he’s biding his time right now.

According to the Chicago Tribune Fewell wants to wait until the Bills head coaching situation is resolved before accepting a coordinator post. Fewell interviewed with the Bears Monday and also interviewed with the Giants last week for their defensive coordinator position.

The Bills still have more candidates to interview.


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Haslett in mix for Giants DC job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2010 – 7:28 am

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jim Haslett is now in the mix for the Giants vacant defensive coordinator’s job.

Schefter made the report on his twitter account.

Adam_Schefter    Giants have approached Jim Haslett about their defensive coordinator job. Sounds like a longshot for now.

The New York reporters that cover the Giants are reporting that Perry Fewell has no formal offer from Tom Coughlin as of yet, so it appears that the Giants are still weighing their options.


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Rivera declined?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 9:22 am

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was offered the opportunity to interview with the Bills for their vacant head coaching post. Rivera reportedly took a pass.

Rivera reportedly turned down opportunities to interview with both the Bills and the Seahawks for their open head coaching jobs. Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier initially turned down the opportunity to interview for the Seahawks job believing he was nothing more than an interviewee that would satisfy the league’s Rooney Rule that at least one minority candidate be interviewed during the hiring process.

Frazier ultimately changed his mind and did interview with Seattle over the weekend. 

It’s unclear if Rivera, who is of Hispanic descent, feels the same way about the Seattle job. It would be hard for him to take such a stance regarding the Bills job since the only two confirmed interviews for the Buffalo head coaching post have been minority candidates in Perry Fewell and Frazier.


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Fewell expected to join Bears

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Reports are indicating that Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell will take a bird in the hand as opposed to two in the bush when it comes to his next job.

After interviewing for the Bills head coaching job, the Giants defensive coordinator post, Fewell will interview for the Bears defensive coordinator job Monday. But it’s more of a formality than anything else as Fewell is tight with Bears head coach Lovie Smith. That’s why there are reports that Fewell will take the job with the Bears on the spot.

Fewell even called himself a long shot for the Bills head coaching job, despite reports that he interviewed well. Fewell spent the 2005 season as Chicago’s secondary coach under Smith, and previously worked under Smith with the St. Louis Rams.


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Fewell update

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2010 – 4:53 pm

Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell’s interview with the Bears is now set.

Fewell will interview with Chicago on Monday for their vacant defensive coordinator post. That according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Sean Jensen. 

He had a previous coaching stint with the Bears under Lovie Smith as the team’s secondary coach in 2005. Fewell interviewed with the Giants for their vacant defensive coordinator position Thursday.


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Fewell to interview with Giants

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2010 – 10:31 am

Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell, who interviewed with the Bills for their permanent head coaching position this week, has another interview lined up.

Fewell will interview with the Giants for their vacant defensive coordinator position on Thursday. Fewell coached under Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville from 1998-2002 as his secondary coach. Fewell is also being linked to the Bears as a defensive coordinator candidate due to his history with head coach Lovie Smith. He also was a secondary coach under Smith in St. Louis and Chicago.

The Associated Press is reporting that Fewell will interview with the Bears next week.


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Fewell linked to Bears DC job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2010 – 3:41 pm

It’s pure speculation at this point, but ESPN Chicago blogger Jeff Dickerson says with Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell free to pursue other opportunities that going back to the Bears is a realistic possibility.

Fewell’s name has been linked with a potential defensive coordinator opening with the Bears under Lovie Smith. Fewell worked under Smith in both Chicago and St. Louis as a secondary coach before joining Dick Jauron’s staff in Buffalo in 2006.

Naturally Fewell will probably wait to see if he is going to land the Bills permanent head coaching gig before seriously considering other opportunities.

Fewell has earned respect around the league for doing more with less in Buffalo the past couple of seasons with all the injuries the defensive side of the ball has endured the past couple of seasons.


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Report: Level of interest meeting w/Cowher

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2010 – 1:00 pm

ESPN is reporting that Russ Brandon and Ralph Wilson met with CBS analyst Bill Cowher last week to gauge his interest in Buffalo’s head coaching job.

The report by Chris Mortensen termed it a “stealth meeting” and not a formal interview as it took place before the Bills named Buddy Nix their general manager.

The report also says that interim head coach Perry Fewell will interview for the permanent head coaching job on Monday. And Mortensen also reported on NFL Countdown that Charlie Weis will not be in the running for Bills head coach.


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What Nix wants in a head coach

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2009 – 4:14 pm

Here are Buddy Nix’s qualifications for a prospective head coach.

“A good teacher,” he said. “A leader and a guy that everybody can work with. I think it’s vital that the GM and the head coach communicate. You’ve got to talk. Most of the breakdowns come when you don’t discuss things together.

“Another thing that’s more important are the coordinators. If the head coach is a good CEO and he can bring in good coordinators and good line coaches and a good QB coach that can get your QBs better that’s big. You need a guy that can put a staff together.”

Nix confirmed that Perry Fewell is a coaching candidate that will be interviewed, though he also said that there is an inherent advantage for men that have been head coaches before in terms of getting the job done, having been a former college head coach himself.

He also said they’re not counting out the possibility of bringing in a top tier head coach.

“I’m convinced that if we don’t and we don’t succeed that it’s not Mr. Wilson’s fault,” said Nix. It’ll be our fault. But I think we can bring one in. It’s ego for all of us, but to take a team that’s down and build it into a winner will appeal to some people. The fan base here is phenomenal so I think that’s appealing, so yeah I think we can hire a good coach.”

Nix said the front office already has a list of candidates put together and the search will begin in earnest.


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Perry Fewell press conference live

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2009 – 12:37 pm

Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell will be addressing the media at 12:45pm this afternoon with his game wrap up news conference.

Buffalobills.com will carry the press conference live.


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Fan Friday 12-25

Posted by Chris Brown on December 25, 2009 – 12:00 pm

Merry Christmas Bills fans. Wish the team had more to put under your tree this year. We can only hope the New Year brings positive change. I have faith that it will. Let’s get to it.

1. Hey Chris,
Any chance Owens stays next year?
Thanks,
Daniel Diaz

CB: I think the chances of Terrell Owens re-signing with the Bills is pretty remote. Owens has said he wants to play two more years, and he no doubt wants to be a bigger part of the offense than he has been this season in Buffalo. With a rebuilding project set to begin in Buffalo this offseason and a lot unknowns with respect to the offensive system, quarterback, head coach, general manager, I believe Owens will look to land with a more stable situation elsewhere in the league.

Of course there has to be demand for his services too, which wasn’t the case this past offseason. We’ll see what the market looks like for him, but with his career winding down I think he’d like to still be productive. So he’s going to go to a team where he has the highest probability of doing that.

2. What’s the latest on the Bills search for a GM?  Is there a search going on or are they going to wait until the season ends and try to fill the GM/Coach with one person?

Thanks,
Bob

CB: I think Russ Brandon is playing things very close to the vest on purpose. After all the reports about the Shanahan meeting, I think he’d prefer to keep the process out of the public eye.

I believe the Bills will try to hire a proven coach with a recognizable name. If that happens then I believe the director of Football Operations will be a young football man on his way up from a proven NFL front office.
 
If they cannot land a big name head coach then I believe the Dir. of Football Ops would be a recognizable name and he will hire a promising coach.
 
I think the big name will be in one of those positions or the other, but not both. Just my opinion.

3. Hello Chris,
Well, I have already moved into the next draft.  If T.O. does not re-up and a top veteran QB is not signed, I have a hypothetical question for you.  If both of these players were available to the Bills, would they select Dez Bryant or Sam Bradford?
Jim
Skaneateles

CB: I don’t see them taking a receiver. Even though it’s not likely that Terrell Owens and possibly Josh Reed are not back with the team next season, I think receiver is not a top priority. The top position needs are quarterback, offensive tackle, linebacker and defensive tackle. I admire Bradford’s accuracy and command of an offense. He was super productive at Oklahoma his junior year.

But that throwing shoulder is going to have a lot of questions to answer coming off surgery and they might not be answered until right before the draft based on his prognosis. That’s a major, major concern when you’re investing a high draft pick. As great as that positional need is for Buffalo I just don’t know.

4. Chris,

After bringing back Buddy Nix earlier this year, do the Bills have any chance of landing a guy like Indy’s personnel director, Tom Telesco as GM? How about any other Bill Polian or John Butler/AJ Smith disciples? Have the bridges between the organization and those guys been completely burned?

Thanks for taking the time
Andy
Rome, NY

CB: No, I don’t think there are any burned bridges there. Bill Polian and Ralph Wilson are on much better terms than when Polian left the Bills organization. With respect to Tom Telesco I think he’d be a very good candidate. He’s been running the Colts pro and college scouting departments for years and he’s a Hamburg native.

I believe working for his hometown team is something he’d probably be interested in if offered a Director of Football Operations type role. Whether he’s on the Bills short list or not I do not know.

5. Hello Chris,
Have you heard anything concrete and/or rumoresque on the Bills search for a new coach?  Seems like that story went silent in a hurry. 
Thanks, Jim

CB: I think the situation now is the Bills cannot talk to any other coaching candidates they might be interested in because they are still working for other teams. By rule another team can’t speak to a coaching candidate currently working for another team until that team’s season is over and with permission from that team of course.


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Playing time for Hardy?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2009 – 9:00 am

There were some interesting comments made by Terrell Owens regarding the possible chance for James Hardy to get on the field this weekend.

Owens when asked to reflect on his season in Buffalo commented on how he has helped some of the younger receivers on the roster.

“I’ve been here to help a lot of young guys kind of blossom their skills and perfect their craft,”  said Owens. “James (Hardy) was itching to get on the field and he’ll get his chance this weekend to play a little bit.”

That doesn’t sound overly promising, but it’s a strong indication that he’ll be active this weekend. If it’s accurate perhaps some of the reasoning lies in the fact that Brian Brohm while running the scout team in practice the past five weeks has been throwing mainly to Justin Jenkins and James Hardy. There’s some on field chemistry between Brohm and Hardy, at least more than with some of the starting wideouts, who Brohm only threw to on Wednesday for the first time.

But when interim head coach Perry Fewell was asked about that possibility he was pretty clear.

“That doesn’t make its likely that Hardy would get on the field,” said Fewell. “I’m still interested in getting the best 45 on the field for game day. With our situation we have several people that are out. If I’m able to put James or Steve Johnson on that 45 on Sunday I will do so. That doesn’t mean that if Brian plays or Ryan plays, it doesn’t guarantee that those young men will play.”


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Fewell doesn’t want Schobel retiring

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2009 – 3:46 pm

With the news breaking today that Aaron Schobel is considering retirement at season’s end, interim head coach Perry Fewell was asked about his knowledge of the pass rusher’s thought process. Fewell had a clevel response.

“No, we haven’t discussed that,” said Fewell. “And no he can’t.”

Fewell has seen the difference Schobel makes for his defense first hand after not having him for the final 11 games of the season last year. Schobel currently leads the team in sacks and with 7 has the most since his Pro Bowl season in 2006 when he had 14. That’s why he jokingly said he can’t retire.


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Loss of Byrd, McGee means fewer options

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2009 – 11:45 am

When Jairus Byrd and Terrence McGee were still playing it afforded interim head coach Perry Fewell more options in terms of personnel groupings in his secondary. Those options are now gone.

Fewell often rotated Byrd with Donte Whitner at free safety, with Whitner playing in their base defenses and Byrd in the nickel and subpackages of late. Now with Byrd on I-R, Whitner is likely to man free safety full time.

That means Whitner as an option in the slot in the nickel package is less likely. With McGee on I-R too, Reggie Corner is expected to play LCB for Buffalo’s base defense and then shift inside to nickel to play the slot with Ashton Youboty coming on the field to play LCB.


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