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?