Buffalo Bills Nation, Be Patient with Perry Fewell

Jeremy PikeCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Perry Fewell, head coach of the Buffalo Bills walks the sidelines during a timeout against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-14.(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest topics of discussion among Buffalo Bills Nation is the head coaching position. It’s currently second to, “Hey! We beat the Fish!”

Understandable, especially for fans who still love to hate the Miami Dolphins. However, long term, the head coaching position is more important and deserves a lot of time in discussions.

A lot of names are being discussed right now, but a good portion of that discussion revolves around the Bills’ current interim head coach, Perry Fewell. A lot of fans are starting to toss the question around if Fewell should be the next head coach.

While I agree that the question needs to be asked, I firmly believe it’s way too early to answer it. There simply isn’t enough evidence either way.

What we do know about Fewell is that he’s a passionate and aggressive guy. He’s got the Bills playing incredibly hard and with calculated aggression.

That last part is key. The team’s aggressiveness has to be calculated and controlled, otherwise it will cause more problems than it solves.

He has gotten the team prepared both weeks and has given the players the closest thing to an identity they’ve had in a very long time in Buffalo.

How he has them prepared for the incredibly short week remains to be seen, but if the Bills can beat the Jets again, it’ll go a long way towards helping him retain the job into next year. Beating the New England Patriots later in the season would solidify his spot as head coach.

Right now, though, there just isn’t enough to go on to either bring him on full-time or to dismiss him out of hand, either. There seems to be a number of fans who want nothing to do with him simply because he’s been the defensive coordinator under Dick Jauron. I think that’s patently unfair to Fewell.

Let the man have his chance to make a mark for himself before judging him as just being part of the Jauron-era problem.

If, and I do stress if, Perry Fewell is hired on as permanent head coach, the Bills NEED to hire a football guy as general manager. Fewell was a defensive coordinator. I’m not sure how his offensive talent evaluation skills are, but I imagine he would say that they aren’t good enough to handle making all the decisions regarding offensive player acquisition.

So what I’m saying is that fans need to be patient and not have any knee-jerk reactions regarding Perry Fewell.

Just because the Bills beat the Dolphins in convincing fashion doesn’t mean he should be the next head coach.

On the other hand, just because he was hired by Dick Jauron doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be the next head coach.

Give him time.