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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Fewell appears to be good fit for Bears

By JEFF DICKERSON

CHICAGO -- Perry Fewell reportedly interviewing next week for the Chicago Bears' vacant defensive coordinator job shouldn't come as a surprise Tuesday's press conference at Halas Hall.

Lovie Smith made it very clear: He believes in his defensive system, and he would like to hire a defensive coordinator who shares his same vision.

Fewell is an obvious candidate for several reasons:
  • He was previously Smith's secondary coach in St. Louis (2003) and Chicago (2005).
  • Fewell ran almost the exact same scheme in Buffalo the past four seasons, albeit with some tweaks to the terminology.
  • Fewell also has worked in the past with linebackers coach Bob Babich (with the Rams and Bears) and assistant secondary coach Gill Byrd (Rams).
  • Speaking of Byrd, Fewell coached his son Jairus this season with the Bills, helping the younger Byrd earn Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season.
  • Fewell has a very good handle on the defensive roster. Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Charles Tillman, Alex Brown, Tommie Harris, Israel Idonije and Nathan Vasher all remain from 2005.

  • Who else better fits the criteria laid out by the Bears head coach?