Tag:Perry Fewell
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:52 am
Edited on: February 4, 2011 11:53 am
 

New Titans coach won't make Jeff Fisher money

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Are the Titans planning to lowball their new coach? It certainly seems that way if you read this Titans Insider piece in which Terry McCormick writes that the new Tennessee coach should expect to be paid about $2.5 million a season.

Considering Jeff Fisher would have made about $6.5 million per year, this newest figure doesn’t sound quite so special.

Unless former Bills head coach Mike Mularkey wins the job, the rest of the candidates (Titans OL coach Mike Munchak, Tiatans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell) would be first-time head coaches.

Thus, it makes sense that owner Bud Adams could get away with paying them much less than Fisher and why former coaches like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden were never in consideration for the Titans job.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Updating the Titans head coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit
G. Williams (US Presswire)
Good news for Titans leading head coaching candidate Mike Munchak: Saint defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has pulled himself out of the running. Williams was supposed to interview for the position, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he will instead stay in New Orleans. Schefter cited Williams' loyalty to Jeff Fisher and the Saints.

Williams also removed himself from the Denver Broncos’ head coaching search earlier this offseason.

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is still expected to interview. Doing so will satisfy the Rooney Rule (te Titans needed to regather in this sense after Ray Sherman decided not to interview). Fewell's interview could pave the way for a Munchak promotion in the very near future.

Earlier Wednesday we wrote that Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is in the mix. The Titans have also interviewed their own offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger.

But Munchak, who has been with the organization for three decades, is said to be a favorite of owner Bud Adams.

A Munchak hiring, however, would go against GM Mike Reinfeldt’s preference for someone with previous head coaching experience. Of the bunch who have interviewed, though, only Mularkey and Williams have previous head coaching experience. (Though Fewell was an interim head coach in 2009.)

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Who could replace Fisher?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here are three possibilities who could take over Jeff Fisher's old Titans job:

  • Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell: Already Fewell has interviewed for three head coaching spots this year, so at this point, he’s the most-experienced interviewee of the offseason.
  • Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips: This relationship goes back a long way. It might be too soon to rehire the fired Phillips, but Adams employed Phillips’ dad, Bum Phillips, in the ‘70s with the Oilers, and those teams had plenty of success.
  • Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams: Apparently, he and Adams have a nice relationship, and he was in the Oilers/Titans organization from 1990-2000. But according to Rapid Reporter Larry Holder, the lack of a starting quarterback in the organization could keep Williams away from the position. Plus, he and Fisher happen to be really good friends, so Fisher certainly could discourage Williams from taking the job.
By the way, this is what Williams told Holder earlier this week at the Senior Bowl regarding potential head coaching openings: “It has to be the right job. Here’s what I say, when you have players and you have coaches that answer you in absolutes, they’re lying to you. So for me to say ‘I never,’ I couldn’t say that. But I can say that I have a great job right now that I love. Love! "

Also, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has floated the name of offensive line coach Mike Munchak who could be in line to replace Fisher.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 10:11 am
 

Fisher and Titans parting ways (UPDATED)

Jeff Fisher and Tennessee have parted ways (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a move that's had the NFL buzzing - so many questions: why now, what's next, how did this happen? - Jeff Fisher has coached his last game for the Titans.

The move is awfully surprising because owner Bud Adams essentially chose Fisher over troubled QB Vince Young in a showdown of the loser-must-leave-town following Tennessee’s 6-10 season. But according to SI.com's Don Banks, who broke the story, Fisher was troubled that he had to fire defensive coordinator and close friend Chuck Cecil while very well-respected defensive line coach Jim Washburn left for Philadelphia.

UPDATED (6:51 p.m.): Though Fisher’s team was going to have to play well in the final year of his contract in order for him to save his job, he’s been the respected Titans coach since 1994 when the club was known as the Houston Oilers. Since then, Fisher’s squads earned a 142-120 record with a combined six postseason berths, four division titles and a Super Bowl XXXIV appearance.

Plus, he had a Hall of Fame mustache and, most likely, he will have a few choices for head coaching spots after next season. Although some on Twitter have already begun to wonder if Fisher could be a candidate for the open Eagles defensive coordinator spot, that seems like a bit of a stretch at this point (though perhaps Washburn being there might be a positive).

But now the Fisher era in Tennessee is over. So, where will the Titans go for their next head coach? And for that matter, will Adams want Young to return?

As for the second question, it wouldn’t be a huge shock (certainly not as shocking as THIS news). Young is still only 27, and though his practice habits and work ethic have been questioned – as well as his attitude – he still could be a solid QB in the NFL for the next few seasons. Give him a coach with whom he can connect – that was a vital missing component in his relationship with Fisher – and maybe Young could be a top-10 guy in the league.

Plus, you know, Adams seems to have a soft spot for Young.

And I can’t leave without passing along this quote from Adams, courtesy of the Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt:

“Where did you hear that? I better check on that. I can’t talk about it now … I really can’t talk about it now because I don’t know what’s been said. I want to see what is going on.”

UPDATED (9:00 p.m.): The Titans and Fisher have released statements.

Statement from the Titans:

“We will be forever appreciative of Jeff Fisher’s leadership and accomplishments through his time with our franchise. We reached some of our greatest heights and experienced some unforgettable moments during his tenure.

“After the season was complete, we had numerous discussions on the direction of the team and were pleased that we were moving forward with Jeff at the helm. Since that time, it became evident that consensus was increasingly hard to find and reality wasn’t matching the vision we discussed. It is unfortunate that this decision is coming at this juncture, but we believe that we have reached the point where change is in the best interest of both parties.

“We will start the head coaching search tomorrow. We expect to talk to a broad and diverse group of candidates. We are confident the coaching pool still has a number of quality candidates that can lead our football team.”

Statement from Fisher:

“I want to thank Mr. Adams and the organization for a special 17 years. I can’t thank the fans enough for the support they showed us through the years; it has been a tremendous experience. We all did our very best and I think I can look back with fond memories and be very proud of what we accomplished. I want to wish the organization, the current players and the fans nothing but the best in the future.”

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Fewell still confident he'll get his shot

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NY Daily News asks this question today: was Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who interviewed for three head coaching positions this offseason but got none of them, a Rooney Rule token interview?

Fewell doesn’t think so. In fact, he thinks the Rooney Rule is pretty great.

"As a young assistant coach entering into the National Football League in 1998, you wonder: How do you go about meeting the owners and general managers if you aspire to be a head coach?” Fewell told the paper. “The Rooney Rule is a vehicle that gives you an avenue to put yourself in front of them and make them think about you. I think it's a great tool for minority coaches to have the opportunity to sit in front of an owner or a GM to present who you are and what you represent."

Fewell, you’ll recall, took over as Bills interim coach in 2009, and with him in charge, the team showed marked improvement. But Buffalo declined to give him the job full-time, and he moved to New York instead, turning the Giants defense into the seventh-ranked unit in the NFL.

Eventually, Fewell likely will get a chance.

"There's only 32 of these (head coaching jobs)," Fewell said. "So I'm more determined now. I'm not really discouraged. I learned a lot in the process. It's an education you get when you have an opportunity to go to the other organizations and interview with them. But I found out that I am prepared in many ways. I think I'm qualified. I think I'm ready."

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Perry Fewell's future is still just fine

Posted by Andy Benoit

There is a new Leslie Frazier in the NFL. His name is Perry Fewell. With the Browns hiring Pat Shurmur and the Broncos hiring John Fox on Thursday, the oft-interviewed Fewell will return to tP. Fewell (US Presswire) he New York Giants for a second season as their defensive coordinator. (Unless, of course, he somehow agrees to become the next head coach that Al Davis fires.)

The return to New York means Fewell now becomes that prominent defensive coordinator who toils for years and years as a perennial head coaching candidate.

The 48-year-old actually was a head coach not long ago. In 2009, he served as the Bills’ interim skipper after Dick Jauron was fired. Before that, Fewell had spent four years as Jauron’s defensive coordinator.

Like Frazier, Fewell runs a zone-based scheme and specializes in coaching defensive backs. Between 1998 and 2005, heserved as the secondary coach in Jacksonville, St. Louis and Chicago.

Frazier wound up inheriting the head coaching job in Minnesota after Brad Childress was fired midway through the season. Many believe -- though Giants ownership has provided no evidence -- that Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat for 2011. Expect to hear rumors about Fewell assuming that job at some point.

New York or no New York, Fewell’s name will not fall off the radar anytime soon. The Rooney Rule has kept many minority head coaching candidates at the top of teams’ interview lists year in and year out. (This was one of the league’s desired effects when the rule was implemented.) Frazier, for example, had interviewed for head coaching jobs in Miami, Buffalo, Denver and Seattle before landing in Minnesota. Prior to being hired by the Panthers, Ron Rivera had interviewed for nine different head coaching positions over the years.

A qualification shared by Frazier and Rivera more important than their minority status is their proven track record. Frazier has always been admired for inheriting another man’s players and making them more productive (which he did in Cincinnati and Minnesota). Over the years, Rivera had fielded top five defenses running a 4-3 scheme and a 3-4 scheme.

Fewell’s Giants ranked seventh in yards allowed and fifth in sacks this season. The year before he arrived, that same unit had been 13th in yards and 18th in sacks. Thursday was a disappointing day for Fewell, but it certainly wasn’t the end of his head coaching candidacy.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Checking in on Browns' coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit

At the end of the BCS National Championship, Mike Tirico asked his Monday Night Football and (for that night) radio partner Jon Gruden if he would return to coaching in 2011. “No, I’ll be back with you,” Gruden said.

Gruden ostensibly wants to watch his high school senior son play one more year of football. His son said a few months ago that the plan for his dad was to return to coaching in 2012 and take either the 49ers or Browns job.

Obviously, those jobs will almost certainly not be available now. The Niners gave Jim Harbaugh a five-year, $25 million contract last week. As for the Browns…

Whispers around the NFL are that Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the leading candidate. Prior to joining the Rams in 2009, Shurmur spent 10 years as an offensive assistant in Philadelphia. The Eagles run a West Coast style system that Mike Holmgren prefers (and likely requires).

Another offensive-minded head coach in the mix is Mike Mularkey. The Falcons offensive coordinator interviewed for the job on Saturday (the Browns visited him in Atlanta). But according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the process was rushed (Mularkey sort of had a lot on his plate – you know, with the playoffs and everything).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has also interviewed, and there are rumblings about former Bears/Dolphins/Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. It is believed that Wannstedt is not necessarily a head coaching candidate, but rather, a possibility as a defensive coordinator.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Broncos social media team gets it

Perry Fewell interviews in Denver. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Whoever is in charge of the Broncos social media, let me say this: Bravo, good sir or madam.

The Broncos official Twitter account was the one to break the “Josh McDaniels is fired” news (while that kind of move sucks for scribes, it’s fantastic for the team’s fans. Of course, none of those beat reporters are getting scooped by their competition either, so maybe it doesn’t suck THAT bad), and since he was hired as the executive VP of football operations, John Elway has been active on Twitter as well.

When you deal with – and follow – teams who do everything in their power to suppress any kind of transparency (read: just about all of ‘em) the Broncos have been a welcome relief.

Which brings me to this very cool behind-the-scenes video on Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s arrival in Denver today for his interview – catch it on the team’s website. The photo to the right, from the Twitter account shows Fewell, with his back to the camera, just sitting down with Elway (sitting to Fewell's left) and other Broncos officials.

Nothing news-breaking in the video, although it sounds like Fewell is testing out some of his talking points with whomever is running the camera. But the final scene where Fewell sits down with a bunch of Broncos officials to begin the interview is pretty damn cool.
Again, bravo.

H/T to @denver_broncos for the picture of Fewell just before interviewing with the Broncos.


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