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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.