Perry Fewelled Up to Fix Giants D

New Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is clearly excited to take the reins of one of the game's worst units last season. Fewell held a phone conference call with the New York media on Thursday. Here's Part One of what the new man in charge of New York's D had to say...

Q. What kind of challenge is this going to be? You had a few opportunities but decided to take on this challenge with a defense that gave up the most points since 1966?
A. I think it is a workable challenge. I look forward to the opportunity to work with this defense and see if we can keep the opponent out of the end zone. Football is a game that people like to see points scored and as defensive guys we like to deny those points. So, it will be a great challenge.

Q. Did you expect a second interview in Buffalo for the head coaching job?
A. Yes, I did. I thought I did a good job in the interview process the first time. So, yes, I did expect a second interview.

Q. Do you have any idea why you didn't?
A. No, I don't.

Q. Then how disappointed were you that you did not get the coaching job? Do you think that you coached well enough to deserve to be the next head coach there?
A. I was very honored to have the opportunity to lead the Bills. When you enter a process like that it is a situation where beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Did I think I did a good enough job? If I would have won one more game, then yes, I would have said I did a great job in leading the Bills and I had a winning record. But I won three games and I lost four games, so they thought they needed to make a change and did. I was just appreciative of the opportunity to lead the Bills, number one.

Q. Were you disappointed that you didn't get the opportunity to be the head coach on a permanent basis?
A. Obviously, your aspirations are to be a head coach, so obviously you are a little disappointed when you are not the guy.

Q. Have you had the chance to look over your personnel yet with the Giants and have an idea of what kind of scheme you may run there? I gather you were a Tampa-2 guy when you were in Buffalo, is that something you would consider here?
A. I am currently evaluating that, just looking at our players, just trying to get what they do best in my mind and what I can bring to the table to help them do better. Scheme-wise, I am still in the process of formulating that.

Q. One thing that you defense did well in Buffalo was creating turnovers. What do you think is the key to that?
A. Turnovers is opportunity. If the ball is on the turf it is our opportunity to grasp that ball and get that ball. If the ball is in the air, it is our opportunity to intercept the football. So, I think creating turnovers is about opportunity. Looking at some of our defensive personnel, our front four has the opportunity to rush the passer or they have the ability to rush the passer very well, which can cause that passer to throw the ball quickly or not throw the ball on point. We can create our own opportunities, now we have to capture the moment and seize the moment. I thought we did a good job of doing that in Buffalo last year. Really the players bought into the system and studied. I think that was real key that our players did some extra work when the meetings were over. They really prepared well for their opponent. If we can bring that type of mentality to the table, I think we can increase our turnovers here with the Giants.

Q. Have you gotten to the point where you have made contact with at least some of the defensive players and told them what you expect, how you want them to come into mini-camp?
A. No, not that far yet. I have made contact with some of the players, I have met some of the players. But, expectation levels, etc, no, not yet.

Q. What players have you had a chance to talk to and what was your impression?
A. I have had a chance to meet several of the defensive linemen. I really have a favorable impression of all the men that I have met at this point in time. Very professional, good looking, strong men. As I see on tape, they love to play the game. They play the game excited, they get excited about football. I am excited about football. So, of the men that I have met so far, that is my impression.

Q. One thing missing in the Giants defense last year was leadership. Do you know who those guys could be? Have you talked to Justin Tuck and what do you expect from a defensive leader?
A. I think as you go into mini-camps, as you go into training camp, I think that leader or that person, each year, that person evolves. So that is what I expect and that is what I hope to see after we go into OTA's and in training camp. That person changes sometimes each year because the nature of your football team changes. If we want to be a winning football team, if we want to be a winning defense, I expect somebody to rise to the top.

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