Perry Fewell Out Of Luck As Denver Broncos Hire John Fox

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Perry Fewell Shut Out As Denver Broncos Hire John Fox

It looks like the NFL head-coaching doors have closed on New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, for now.

The Denver Broncos have hired former Carolina coach John Fox as their head man, meaning all four of the vacancies that Fewell had been linked to have now been filled.

Fewell had been connected to initial openings in San Francisco (Jim Harbaugh), Cleveland (Pat Shurmur), Denver (Fox) and Carolina (Ron Rivera).

The Oakland Raiders job is still open, but thus far Fewell has not been mentioned as a candidate for that position. Interestingly, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s name surfaced today as a possibility in Oakland. Al Davis and the Raiders have flirted with Gilbride in previous years, so maybe that should not come as a complete shock.

As for Fewell, it would appear that his only option at this point would be to return to the Giants for a second season.

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Perry Fewell Misses Out On Cleveland Job -- Shurmur Hired

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Perry Fewell is down to one possibility in his hunt for an NFL head-coaching job. As the tweet above indicates, the Cleveland Browns have chosen Pat Shurmur to be their new head coach. Fewell, the Giants defensive coordinator, interviewed there on Tuesday.

SI.com's Peter King said Fewell made a good impression in Cleveland, but "fell a little short."

Fewell has been connected to the openings in San Francisco, Carolina, Cleveland and Denver. Only the Denver job now remains open, and indications have been that Fewell is not at the top of the list of candidates for that job.

Former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox is on the list of those who have interviewed with John Elway and Pat Bowlen for the Denver job. A report from the NFL Network's Jason La Confora indicates that Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison could be the leading candidate for that job. La Canfora points out that Dennison played with Elway, and spent 24 years in the Denver organization.

All of this, of course, is good news for Giants fans. Fewell was a big part of the revitalization in 2010 of a Giants defense that had been atrocious in 2009. Plus, if the Giants were to lose Fewell that would mean the team would be looking for its fourth defensive coordinator in four seasons, hardly a recipe for success.

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Rivera Officially Hired In Carolina, Fewell's Options Dwindle

Perry Fewell apparently got close to getting the Carolina Panthers head coaching job, but in the end Carolina chose San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. The Panthers made that hiring official Tuesday.

It gives me comfort that he was a former player," said owner Jerry Richardson, a former Baltimore Colts receiver. “He brings an approach and resume that we believe lends itself to success for our football team and organization.”

It should also give comfort to nervous Giants fans, who did not want to see the team have to go looking for a fourth defensive coordinator in four seasons. Especially since Fewell did a good job helping the Giants defense get back on track after an awful 2009 season.

Fewell is still a candidate in Denver and in Cleveland, where he interviewed Tuesday. He is not, however, considered the leading candidate for either of those positions.

Thus, it is looking more and more like Fewell will be back as Giants defensive coordinator again in 2011.

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Ron Rivera To Carolina, Perry Fewell Might Be Shut Out

The NFL head-coaching doors are beginning to close on New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, at least for 2011.

There are reports all across the Inter-Google that Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, will be named Carolina head coach. First to report the news was the San Diego Union Tribune.

Fewell, who was interim head coach for seven games in Buffalo in 2009 before becoming Giants defensive coordinator for the Giants in 2010 had been contacted about four head-coaching jobs — San Francisco, Carolina, Denver and Cleveland.

San Francisco, of course, chose former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. Now Carolina is expected to make their choice of Rivera official on Tuesday.

The Broncos are scheduled to interview former Carolina coach John Fox this week. The Denver Post reports that the Broncos will also be interviewing New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The Post also says the team may wait until this round of the playoffs is completed to add a couple more candidates to their list. With all of that going on, it would be hard to believe the Broncos see Fewell as their guy.

Fewell is also scheduled for a meeting with Browns President Mike Holmgren in Cleveland this week, but Fewell does not appear to be high on Cleveland’s list. The Browns seem to be leaning toward an offensive coach, with Fritz Shurmer of the Rams and Marty Mornhinweg of the Eagles high on the list.

All of this, of course, is good news for the Giants.

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Perry Fewell Calls Broncos 'First Class'

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell left little doubt that he was impressed with the Denver Broncos organization on Sunday when he met with them to discuss their head-coaching vacancy.

"First class," Fewell said of the Broncos organization in the interview with the team's website. "Mr. Bowlen, first class. The Denver way of how they did things, you would always ask questions, those guys were so successful. How did they do this? How did they practice on Friday? How did they conduct themselves when they went on trips?"

"Everything seemed like it was geared towards winning," Fewell continued as he was in the car on his way to the interview. "Championships start at the top and it starts with Mr. Bowlen. He knows how to compete, and that makes it more fun for you as a coach. He understands competition and knows what it takes. It just trickles down the food chain. I see that in the Denver Broncos organization. I see that in how they play and how they've prepared and I want to be a part of something like that."

The Broncos released this video of Fewell's trip to Denver. Fewell leaves no doubt in the video that being a head coach is on his agenda.

What remains to be seen is how high on Denver's list Fewell actually is. There are several other candidates for the job, including former Carolina head coach John Fox, who will interview with Denver today.

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Jim Harbaugh Takes 49ers Job, And That Is Good News For The New York Giants

One down and three to go. New York Giants fans hoping the team will be able to hold on to hotly sought-after defensive coordinator Perry Fewell have to be happy this evening that Jim Harbaugh has taken the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job.

The 49ers were one of four teams who had expressed interest in Fewell possibly becoming their next head coach. Fewell is reportedly a front-runner in Carolina, and has interviews coming up with Denver and Cleveland.

Harbaugh, who had been at Stanford, was sought after by several teams with head-coaching vacancies. He turned down an opportunity to coach Michigan, his collegiate alma mater. He also turned down overtures from the Miami Dolphins.

Harbaugh, however accepted a deal with the 49ers reported to be worth $25 million over the next five seasons.

Harbaugh, who had a 15-year career as a journeyman quarterback with several teams, has been the head coach at Stanford for the past four seasons.

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Perry Fewell Front-Runner For Carolina Panthers' Job?

It seems like New York Giants fans had better hope Tom Coughlin still has some tricks left up his sleeve when it comes to finding defensive coordinators. With each passing day it seems more and more likely that current defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is going to wind up as a head coach somewhere in 2011.

Carolina Panthers executives flew to New York Thursday to meet with Fewell, and reports indicate that the 48-year-old Fewell is now “perhaps the favorite” for that job.

Fewell, a North Carolina native, has an interview scheduled with the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He has also drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

Fewell just completed his first year with the Giants after Coughlin outmuscled Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears in a competition for Fewell’s services.

Coughlin also had good luck back in 2007 going outside the Giants organization to hire a defensive coordinator, plucking Steve Spagnuolo from the Philadelphia Eagles. Spags, of course, helped the Giants win the Super Bowl and is now head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

It looks like Coughlin might have to reach into his bag of tricks again and come up with the Giants fourth defensive coordinator in four seasons.

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