Washington Redskins: Perry Fewell

Updated Redskins coaching scorecard

January, 8, 2014
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The Washington Redskins have been busy when it comes to talking to prospective head coaches, or trying to line up interviews. Here’s where things stand:

Already interviewed:
  • Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
  • Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
  • Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
  • Dallas special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
  • New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
  • Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Requested permission to interview:
  • Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
  • San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
  • San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
  • San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
UPDATE: Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will not interview with the Redskins Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Washington Redskins interviewed Perry Fewell on Monday. Here's a scouting report on him as a coach.

Age: 51

Position: New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Recent background: The Giants hired him as their defensive coordinator after the 2009 season. In terms of total yards, the defense under Fewell has ranked seventh, 31st, 27th and eighth in his four years. In scoring, the Giants have ranked 17th, 25th, 12th and 18th under Fewell. While it seems like the Giants always have a good defense, that hasn’t necessarily been the case when it comes to the rankings. They finished with top-10 units twice under him; that’s one fewer than they had in the previous nine seasons.

The past: Fewell has bounced around. This is his second stint with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, having served as Jacksonville’s defensive backs coach from 1998-2002. He was the defensive backs coach in St. Louis (two years) and Chicago (one) before taking over as Buffalo’s defensive coordinator in 2006. He went 3-4 as the Bills interim coach to close the 2009 season. All four of his Buffalo defenses ranked 24th or lower in total yards.

What I’ve heard: Runs the gamut. Heard him described as energetic. Also heard one person from a former team dismissed him as someone who could be a head coach. Another coach who knows Fewell considers him a great guy and enthusiastic, but that he doesn’t have that X factor it takes to be a head coach. He also thought the pressures of being a coordinator weighed on him and wondered what being a head coach would do. This job can age coaches in a hurry. But Fewell earned praise for being flexible with his defense. A group of players came to him early last season and asked him to change things around. Apparently, they did not like the scheme and how he was calling plays. So that’s a good thing. The tough part, though, for some is that there were too many negative stories coming out of the locker room. As one coach said, the less you hear about things the better a job you’re doing.

Potential fit: I don’t see it. Nobody I spoke with raved about Fewell in terms of being a head coach, though his defenses in New York have been good. Not that this necessarily matters, but I’m not sure what he offers that others don’t. I like that he’s flexible; I don’t like when coaches are so married to a scheme that they lose sight of what needs to be done. And Fewell showed a couple of times in New York that he’s willing to listen to his players. If he’s upbeat and energetic, that’s a plus, too. But I think the Redskins will have options they like better.

Suggested reading: Would the Giants try to keep Fewell if he’s offered a head coaching position? ... More on Fewell listening to his players. … Putting it on the players. … Starting 2013 on the hot seat. … An upbeat look at Fewell when he arrived in New York.

Redskins interview Perry Fewell

January, 6, 2014
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The Washington Redskins interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday for their vacant head coaching position. He's the fifth person to interview for the job -- and plenty more remain as potential candidates.

The Redskins interviewed Fewell at Redskins Park, the team confirmed Monday. The team is confirming interviews that are held in Ashburn because they're with candidates whose teams are out of the playoffs. When they meet with coaches still in the playoffs, they let others confirm the interview in case they want to keep it a secret. Also, when they meet at Redskins Park, the group includes owner Dan Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen and members of the front office. When it's out of the area, only Allen is involved.

In addition to Fewell, the Redskins have interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.

Fewell, 51, was a hot candidate in 2011 after his defense finished seventh. He interviewed with four teams after that season. Fewell served as defensive coordinator in Buffalo from 2006-09 and went 3-4 as the Bills' interim head coach in 2009.

Here's a look at the Redskins' coaching scorecard thus far.

Redskins coaching search scorecard

January, 6, 2014
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The Washington Redskins have been busy when it comes to talking to prospective head coaches, or trying to line up interviews. One week into their official search, here’s where things stand:

Already interviewed:
  • Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
  • Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
  • Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
  • Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
  • UPDATED: New York Giant defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Requested permission to interview:
  • Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
  • Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
  • San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (per CBS Sports).
  • San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
  • Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.
  • San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Redskins interview Jim Caldwell

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The Washington Redskins interviewed former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell for their head coaching vacancy Sunday, as expected.

Caldwell
Caldwell
Caldwell is the fourth person Washington has spoken with about their head coaching vacancy and more will be talked to this week. But he's the first former head coach that they've formally interviewed. They've also talked to Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. They are scheduled to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday, according to John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.

The Redskins have expressed interest in Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who did interview with the Houston Texans. But the Redskins were still trying to line up an interview as of early Sunday night.

Also, they can now talk to assistant coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals: offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, both of whom were said to be on the Redskins' list. If interested, they can also talk to San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt next week, even though the Chargers remain alive in the playoffs.

Caldwell served as Tampa Bay's quarterbacks coach in 2001 and was in the same role with Indianapolis from 2002-08 -- while also serving as an assistant head coach. He became the Colts' head coach in 2009, went 14-2 and lost in the Super Bowl to New Orleans. But he was fired after a 2-14 season -- with quarterback Peyton Manning sidelined -- in 2011. He took over as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator late last season and stayed in that capacity in 2013.

Caldwell met with owner Dan Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen, director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and director of player personnel Scott Campbell. In Detroit, Caldwell met with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. But he did not meet with Washington’s Robert Griffi III, who is on vacation.

Caldwell does not have any other interviews lined up and told Wooten, whose group focuses on minority coaches in the hiring process, that he was most interested in these two positions.

Caldwell prepared for his Redskins interview by breaking down all of Griffin’s plays. He also went over all the scouting reports Baltimore’s pro staff had on the Redskins. He did the same thing before his interview in Detroit.

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