Fewell Out of Options

With Denver's announcement that John Fox has accepted its head coaching job Thursday, Perry Fewell is headed back to New York for a second season as the Giants' defensive coordinator.

In the end, Perry Fewell's search for a head coaching job worked out best for the Giants, if not for the team's defensive coordinator.

With the Denver Broncos announcing that John Fox will become their new head coach Thursday, and Cleveland introducing their new head coach, Fred Shurmur just hours before, Fewell has run out of options. So, unless some other job opportunity pops up out of the blue, Fewell will be headed back to the Giants for a second season as defensive coordinator.

That's good for the Giants, who wanted nothing more than to have some stability after Fewell became their third coordinator in as many years following the departure of Steve Spagnuolo and the firing of Bill Sheridan. The players love Fewell, a passionate and knowlegable coach who has encouraged an aggressive approach to defense.

If Fewell continues to maintain the defensive success his group had this year, he'll undoubtedly have a few other opportunities after next season, the NFL's labor situation permitting.

Word out of Cleveland is that Fewell made a good impression on Browns president Mike Holmgren, especially since he planned to run the West Coast offense. But Shurmur was deemed the stronger candidate, considering his offensive background.

That left the Denver Broncos' job as Fewell's last chance. But deposed Carolina coach and former Giants defensive coordinator Fox had more experience turning around a losing franchise, as he transformed the Panthers from a 1-15 doormat to Super Bowl participant in his second year there. The Broncos were 4-12 last season.


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