Over the course of the next few weeks, I'm going to examine some of the potential head coaching candidates for the soon to be vacant Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching position. The next candidate we will look at is New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Fewell should be a familiar name to Jaguars fans, as he was on the coaching staff as the defensive backs coach from 1998 to 2002 under then head coach Tom Coughlin. Prior to coaching the Jaguars defensive backs, Fewell was defensive assistant/coach in the NCAA from 1985-1997 for North Carolina, Army, Kent State, and the assistant head coach at Vanderbilt.
After leaving the Jaguars when Coughlin was fired in 2002, Fewell went on to coach the defensive backs for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-2004. Fewell then was hired by Lovie Smith to be the Chicago Bears defensive backs coach from 2004-2005. In 2006, Fewell was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills by then head coach Dick Jauron and served that position until 2009 when Jauron was fired. In 2008, the Bills defense had one of the best years statistically. They ranked 2nd in negative yardage plays, held opposing teams under 100 yards rushing in seven games, finished 4th in red zone scoring, and allowed just 14 passing touchdowns. When Jauron was fired in 2009, Fewell took over as the interim head coach for the final seven games.
The Bills finished with a 3-4 record under Fewell, but he was fired along with all the other Bills head coaches at the end of the season. In 2010, Fewell was hired as the New York Giants as the defensive coordinator and has since served at that position.