Tag:Perry Fewell
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:52 pm
 

For Peyton's sake, Colts should dump Caldwell

Posted by Will Brinson

Saturday night, our own Gregg Doyel wrote a column about the stupidity of Jim Caldwell calling a timeout with 30 seconds left in a game that saw Indy fall to New York 17-16. The premise being that he allowed second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez to regroup, the Jets to gameplan for a big gain, and Nick Folk to attempt a much easier field goal. The premise, by the way, is correct.

And while it seems really difficult to call for a coach's head when he was two wins away from a perfect season/Super Bowl combo in 2009 and won a divisional championship in 2010, it might be time to think about getting rid of Jim Caldwell.

Why? Well, it ties in with a great argument that the guys on the mothership had during The NFL Today about whether or not Peyton Manning can win another Super Bowl in his career:



This is relevant because the Colts will always be dangerous as long as Peyton's on the field. They'll have a chance at winning the AFC South with Peyton and they'll have a shot at the Super Bowl with Peyton. But it's also going to take a much stouter defense (one that doesn't get utterly dominated by the run, a la the second half against the Jets on Saturday) to bump up the odds that Peyton retires with multiple titles.

And Caldwell, who was Manning's quarterbacks coach before replacing Tony Dungy as head coach, simply doesn't bring a defensive presence. Look, you can't argue with his record and the success the Colts have had the last two years, except for Super Bowl wins (zero, but, yes, that's a tough argument).

You can, however, argue that Caldwell serves, at best, as a figurehead for the organization. Peyton Manning calls his own plays; you don't have to be an insider to realize that. And a new coach, particularly one who's defensive-minded, probably wouldn't have a huge issue stepping into Caldwell's role with Indy, beefing up the Colts' defensive scheme, and letting Manning do whatever he wants to do on the offensive end.

It would be awkward as hell, sure, to let Caldwell go given his resume. But time is running shorter for the Colts when it comes to Peyton's career. And since they're about to invest possibly the biggest contract in NFL history in him for the duration of his quarterbacking years, there just so happen to be a lot of very impressive defensive guys (Rob Ryan, Perry Fewell, Ron Rivera or even John Fox) on the market as possible head coaches.

Speaking strictly from an objective point of view, it makes a lot of sense to at least discuss the options that might be available.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:51 am
 

Ron Rivera leading Panthers candidate right now?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers are expected to hire a current defensive coordinator as their next head coach. It's what they did in 2002 and it worked out pretty well for them, so seeing something different out of Charlotte in 2011 would be a bit of a surprise. 

This is only solidified by the fact that the candidates under consideration for the 'Cats gig -- Rob Ryan, Perry Fewell, Ron Rivera, and Greg Manusky -- are all defensive coordinators int he league. 

But who's got a leg up on the job in Carolina right now? Well, Peter King of Sports Illustrated tweeted Saturday evening that he's hearing Rivera is the "early leader" for the Panthers job as Marty Hurney and Danny Morrison wrap up their "Tour de Hire 2011." 

We've covered Rivera's credentials as a defensive guru already -- they're quite good. Earlier in the year, Andy also mentioned a story about Rivera as a family man and how he played the role of "Mr. Mom" with his wife on the road for work.

Part of that -- especially paired next to Rob Ryan's family reputation -- may be why Rivera is such an attractive candidate for the Panthers. He's quietly done a great job for several years in both Chicago and San Diego. 

Which is exactly what the Panthers would want him to do in Carolina.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:39 am
 

Panthers seem to be looking for defensive guy

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to the Gaston Gazette, Panthers GM Marty Hurney and president Danny Morrison met with New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Thursday. Hurney and Morrison met with Browns defensive coordinator (now, likely, former defensive coordinator) Rob Ryan on Wednesday.

According to the report, Carolina’s defensive-minded search will continue over the next few days as “Hurney and Morrison are expected to take their traveling road show to the West Coast over the weekend to meet with San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, although it’s unclear in which order.”

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Fewell concerned about being token Rooney Ruler

Posted by Will Brinson

Perry Fewell's a pretty hot name in coaching searches right now -- the Panthers, Browns, 49ers and Broncos have all requested interviews with the Giants defensive coordinator (and former Bills' interim coach) to fill their head coaching vacancies.

However, some of those teams are in hot pursuit of another candidate in Jim Harbaugh. If either Denver or San Fran could land Harbaugh, they would sign him, regardless of how Fewell interviewed. They haven't said this, obviously, but I mean, come on .

Which is probably why, according to Ralph Vacchiaano of the New York Daily News , Fewell's being a touch cautious about being a token Rooney Rule interview.

This, obviously, would be a situation where Fewell, because he's an African-American, is interviewed simply to satisfy the league's requirement that teams look at minority candidates.

In 2009, the Seahawks did something similar with Leslie Frazier before hiring Pete Carroll; Frazier even left the interview a little perturbed because it was patently obvious why he was brought in to meet with the front office.

There's a whole lot more that could be said about whether the Rooney Rule is still a necessary thing (and there's probably a question that could be asked as to whether the Niners need to follow it if they just ended the tenure of a minority coach two weeks ago), but the token interview is a legitimate concern and it's why the rule won't be going anywhere.

Fewell is a stud defensive coordinator, and there's a 100-percent chance that at least one team (the Panthers) are NOT utilizing his interview as an excuse to move through a minority candidate. We don't know how he'll do as a head coach (unless you really want to judge an interim stint with the Bills), but until teams are afforded the opportunity to meet with him and interview, he won't ever get a chance.

The Rooney Rule, for now, at the very least forces some owners who might be stuck in re-tread (anyone looking at Dungy, Cowher, etc) or hot college coach (anyone looking at Harbaugh) mode to think outside the box.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Browns will interview Rams O-coordinator Shurmur

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns on Thursday will interview Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to fill Eric Mangini’s old job.

This latest news shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the relationships Shurmur has with the Browns front office.

As the paper points out, Shurmur spent seven seasons as the Eagles quarterback coach (during a time frame in which Donovan McNabb made three Pro Bowls) and he got to know current Cleveland GM Tom Heckert quite well. Also, Shurmur’s uncle was former NFL defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmer, who worked for team president Mike Holmgren.

Another positive for Shurmur: the impressive season that No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just accomplished in leading what was expected to be a last-place Rams squad to the verge of the playoffs (sure, it was in the NFC West, but you get my point).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg also are supposedly on the Browns interviewee list.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Panthers, Browns want to interview Perry Fewell

Posted by Andy Benoit

The head coaching interview season is about to kick into full force. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the Panthers and Browns have already submitted requests to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Fewell has been a hot head coaching candidate since his days in Buffalo. He has long overseen one of the better zone-based defensive schemes in the NFL.

Tom Coughlin said in his Monday press conference that he would like to keep his coaching staff intact. The Giants will almost certainly allow Fewell to interview elsewhere, though.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  

RELATED: BLACK MONDAY/TUESDAY RUMOR MILL ROUND-UP

Team Coach Job Security Candidates



Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .



John Fox

Fox HIRED!
It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.



Chan Gailey

Safe
The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.



Marvin Lewis

RE-SIGNED!
Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .



Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.



Jim Harbaugh

HIRED!
After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .



Jason Garrett

HIRED!
Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.



Gary Kubiak

NOT FIRED!
Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.



Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.



Jim Schwartz

Safe
Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.



Pete Carroll

Safe
NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.



Jeff Fisher

OFFICIALLY BACK! DONE
In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.



Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.



Leslie Frazier

HIRED!
The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.



Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.



Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.



Tony Sparano

EXTENDED!
After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.



Jack Del Rio

SAFE!
Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.



Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.



Tom Coughlin

SAFE!
Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .



Raheem Morris

Award-winning?
Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.



Jim Caldwell

Safe
As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.



Mike McCarthy

Safe
The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.



Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.



Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.



Andy Reid

Safe
The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.



Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.



Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 



John Harbaugh

Safe
Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.



Mike Tomlin

Safe
Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 



Mike Smith

Safe
Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.



Bill Belichick

Safe
Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Top Ten With a Twist: Potential head coaches



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Wade Phillips getting the pink slip last week and with much discussion about the job security of Minnesota’s Brad Childress, it’s become obvious that it’s that time of the year when fans debate the merits of firing the coach of their favorite teams. That obviously equals bad times for coaches like Marvin Lewis, John Fox, Gary Kubiak, Norv Turner, Josh McDaniels and Mike Singletary.

Since Phillips is gone and Childress might as well be gone, let’s dive into the intriguing possibilities of who will be available – some long-time assistants who hunger for their first shot at a head coaching job, some former head coaches who wouldn’t mind getting back into the business and maybe a college coach or two who want to test himself at the pro level.

Many of the following likely will get interviews after the season when the current coaches who can’t work themselves off the hot seat clean out their offices. Until then, let’s speculate on who might be available.

10. Dick LeBeau: I know, I know. He’s probably not going anywhere, and his three-season stint as the Bengals coach wasn’t so good (12-33). But LeBeau has been such an innovator on defense, I’d like to see the Steelers defensive coordinator get another shot at running a team. It’s not going to happen, because he’s 73 years old, but there would be a ton of smiling faces around the league if he got another chance.

9. Rob Ryan: We need – I mean, we NEED – another Ryan brother as a head coach in the NFL. Aside from being the most entertaining coach out there today – publically, at least – Rex Ryan has done a wonderful job turning the Jets into Super Bowl contenders. Now, Rob Ryan, the Browns defensive coordinator, needs to get his chance. With the marked improvement in Cleveland, does Ryan deserve the shot? Probably not at this point. But how awesome would it be if somebody gave him a job?

8. Mike Zimmer:
He arguably performed his best coaching job of his career last year when, despite the death of his wife and of Bengals WR Chris Henry, the defensive coordinator led Cincinnati’s defense to the No. 4 ranking in the NFL. For as long as the Bengals have tried to improve their defense, Zimmer finally was the one to make it happen. Cincinnati’s defense ranks 15th this season, but his players respect him and his coaching style. At some point, you’d think a team will take a chance on him.

7. Jon Gruden/Bill Cowher: Yes, they’ve both got lucrative analyst deals with ESPN and CBS, respectively, and both seem to do a pretty nice job (although Gruden spends a little too much time being a little too positive on his Monday Night Football gig). It’s hard to tell if Cowher is serious about getting back into coaching, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe Gruden wanting to jump at the chance (those are the whispers you hear, at least). He just seems hard-wired for the long hours, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he were to return. For Cowher, it’d probably have to be the perfect job. And I’m not sure that kind of job will appear in the offseason.

6. Marty Mornhinweg: The 5-27 mark he recorded while coaching the Lions is pretty difficult to swallow. But one of the biggest achievements this season made by Mornhinweg – the Eagles offensive coordinator – has been the transformation of QB Michael Vick from a playmaker with brilliant talents to a complete quarterback that’s nearly unstoppable with his legs and his arm. The Eagles rank second in points scored and third in yards per game, and much of that is a credit to Mornhinweg.

5. Cam Cameron: It’s a testament to Cameron that the Ravens, previously known as a strong defense that couldn’t score points, are now known as a high-powered offense that has a more difficult time stopping opponents. Cameron has weapons (QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, a plethora of receivers), and he knows how to use them. It might not happen for a few more years, but Cameron deserves another chance (if a prospective owner can overlook the 1-15 season he had while running the Dolphins).

4. Perry Fewell: He had a taste of head coaching last season after the Bills fired Dick Jauron and made Fewell the interim. He led Buffalo to a 3-4 record – looking back on it, it was almost miraculous – but he and the rest of the coaching staff were fired anyway. Now, he’s the Giants defensive coordinator , and not surprisingly, they’re the No. 1 defense in the NFL in yards allowed.

3. John Fox:
He doesn’t have much longer in his current role, as the head coach in Carolina, and despite the team’s putridicity (?) this season, he remains a well-respected figure in the league. Why, you ask? Well, he led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two seasons after a George Seifert-led Panthers squad went 1-15. Overall, he’s 72-65 as the coach in Carolina, and you can be sure Fox will have a job somewhere in the NFL. And quite possibly as a head coach.

2. Jim Harbaugh: If the Stanford head coach still wants an NFL job, he will have an excellent shot to get one. The brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jim – a 14-year NFL QB who made the Pro Bowl in 1995 – has done wonders in Palo Alto. The previous two coaches before Harbaugh went a combined 16-40, and in the past two seasons, the Cardinal has gone a combined 17-6. He already interviewed for the Jets job that Rex Ryan eventually won two years ago, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he beats out somebody else for a head coaching position.

1. Leslie Frazier: How long will it take before Frazier – perhaps the most respected assistant coach in the league - finally lands the head coaching position he so obviously wants? Well, considering his office is just down the hallway from Childress’, it would make sense for Minnesota to hire its current defensive coordinator when it fires Childress. For a defense that hadn’t been good in more than a decade before Frazier took over, he’s transformed the unit and made himself indispensible. No doubt about it, he should be a head coach.

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