Lewis Let Go

Apparently you can only get away with so many fourth-quarter defensive meltdowns. The Giants announced on Jan. 11 that Tim Lewis would not return in 2007 as their defensive coordinator.

Lewis presided over a unit that ranked 25th in overall defense, 28th against the pass and 14th against the run. He was Tom Coughlin's first hire in January of 2004 but his defense regressed during each of his three years in charge.

Lewis, 42, spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While the Giants are expected to conduct an exhaustive search for Lewis' replacement, don't be surprised if Dom Capers comes out of the pack and gets the nod.

The 55-year-old Capers spent three seasons as Coughlin's defensive coordinator before becoming the first head coach of the expansion Houston Texans in 2001. Capers spent the last two seasons working with Miami as a "special assistant."

Most notable is that under Capers' watch Coughlin's '99 edition of the Jaguars – a club that finished 14-2 and reached the AFC championship game – allowed a league-low 217 points.

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