Former Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell is planning to become the New York Giants' defensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants had been in the running for Jim Haslett, but he chose to join Mike Shanahan in Washington.
Fewell was reportedly the top candidate to become Lovie Smith's defensive coordinator in Chicago, but it looks like the Giants were able to beat the Bears to the punch. The Bills have also considered making Fewell their new head coach, but he'll be out of the mix now. I don't know this for sure, but the fact that Smith's a defensive-minded head coach probably worked against the Bears.
With Coughlin having an offensive background, Fewell should have a lot more freedom to bring his own ideas to the Giants. I know that Fewell was highly regarded by the Bills organization even if they weren't ready to make him a head coach. This is the first sign of good news for the Giants since the end of the season. Candidates such as Haslett and Romeo Crennel had taken other jobs, which had to be a tough pill to swallow for Coughlin.
With Fewell, the Giants have a respected defensive mind who should bring some fresh ideas to the table in trying to determine how to fix what once was considered an elite unit.