Fewell's Offseason Not Over

Perry Fewell's offseason interviews for a head coaching job were thought to be at an end until Jeff Fisher got the axe in Tennessee. The Titans have now asked for permission to speak to the Giants' defensive coordinator.

So you thought Perry Fewell's hot-prospect status as a head coach ended with Denver's decision to hire John Fox a few weeks ago.

Well, it had, until Bud Adams lopped off Titans coach Jeff Fisher's crown last week. On Wednesday, it was revealed the Titans asked the Giants for permission to speak to Fewell, meaning he has one more chance at a head coaching job.

He's got a believer in Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who offered his endorsement from Radio Row at the Super Bowl Media Center Wednesday.

"He's awesome," Diehl said. "Not only is he a great coach, but as far as a character guy there is nobody better. I know our defensive guys, they love him. He came in and in his first year guys rallied around him and believed in him and played lights out for him."

It's not likely he'll get it. Unlike his interviews with Cleveland, Denver, and Carolina, this one seems more of a Rooney Rule-type deal. Former Houston lineman Mike Munchak is regarded as the odds-on favorite to succeed Fisher. The Titans have also scheduled interviews with Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was also scheduled for an interview, but he pulled his name out of the running.

If the Titans did settle on him, though, Diehl said they'd be getting a winner.

"I think he is a great defensive coordinator and would be a great head coach. He's provided leadership. He's a guy that practices what he preaches," Diehl said. "He has a true love for the game and is passionate. You see that on the field. He enjoys himself. We'd hate to lose him. But if he did get the job I'd congratulate him because he'd deserve it."


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