Fewell Headed to Buffalo

After Ron Rivera failed to land a head-coaching job, it appeared the coaching staff would remain intact this off-season. However, secondary coach Perry Fewell has accepted the defensive coordinator position with Dick Jauron and the Buffalo Bills.

Fewell joined the Bears' coaching staff last January, after spending seven years as a defensive backs coach in St. Louis (2003-04) and Jacksonville (1998-2002). He served under Lovie Smith for one season, when the Bears' head coach was still the defensive coordinator for the Rams. Fewell got his first NFL job with the Jaguars, when Jauron was the team's defensive coordinator.

In his only season with the Bears, Fewell produced two Pro Bowl players. CB Nathan Vasher led the team with eight interceptions and was selected to the all-star squad in just his second season. S Mike Brown was named to the team for the first time in his six-year career.

Chicago finished 5th in pass defense and picked off 20 passes.

The Bears will have their third defensive backs coach in three seasons. The team could promote assistant DB coach Torrian Gray or look to go outside the organization. There are reports that Rams assistant secondary coach Gill Byrd interviewed for the opening on Tuesday and former Bear Leslie Frazier will have a chance to do the same as soon as Wednesday.

Prior to advancing to the NFL, Fewell spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach in college. He spent time at North Carolina (1985-86), Army (1987), Kent State (1988-91), Army (1992-94) and Vanderbilt (1995-97).

During the season, Fewell was asked what would be the toughest thing about moving up the coaching ladder.

"I'd miss the hands-on meeting with the players on a daily basis," Fewell said. "They probably share more with you as a position coach than when you're that figure of authority. Some the personal things that happen or whatever, I would miss that a little bit."

It appears Fewell will have to adjust to his new role with the Bills.


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