Before I begin, a quick thanks to my good friend Tim Chipp for the idea behind this series. Check out his blog at timothycc.wordpress.com.
This is part one of a series of head coaching profiles I’ll be writing over the next week or so.
While I thought it would be fitting to start off the series with a profile of the man on everyone’s minds (Bill Cowher), I would first like to tip my proverbial hat to Perry Fewell.
So what does Perry Fewell, former defensive coordinator and interim head coach, bring to the table in the head coaching search?
A familiarity with the team, the respect of every single player on this team, and passion. He knows what it’s like to coach in Buffalo after spending four years with the team as either defensive coordinator or interim head coach.
The team responds well to him, winning three games and showing more aggression in seven games than in the past three seasons combined.
He also has worked with this defense for four years now. While they’ve been horrible against the run statistically this year, most of those yards have come in the fourth quarter, discounting the New York Jets’ games.
Against the pass, they’re one of the best defenses in the league. If this defense can get offensive help next season, I can’t see a justifiable reason to switch to a 3-4 scheme, which would only set the team back further.
However, what has plagued this team since Drew Bledsoe’s first season as the quarterback has been a largely ineffective offense at best and a completely abysmal offense at worst.
The defense is Fewell’s specialty, so it’s hard to imagine him personally doing anything to help turn the offense around.
If general manager Buddy Nix, owner Ralph Wilson, Jr., and chief executive officer Russ Brandon decide on Fewell as the head coach, Nix would best serve Fewell in getting an established offensive coordinator to help that side of the ball.
That’s really the only way I can see this team improving next year under Fewell.
I don’t think it’s likely that Fewell will be back next season as the head coach, however. Nix has stated that he would prefer someone with head coaching experience, and seven games as interim head coach doesn’t qualify.
Fewell has already been mentioned as going to the Chicago Bears as the defensive coordinator.
So, why mention him as a candidate if I don’t think he’s going to be here next season?
The man deserves a tip of the hat from all Bills' fans. He came into a horrible situation and got the team fighting as hard as it has in years. He showed guts more often than not. He should get some recognition, and this is my way of doing so.
So, thank you, Perry Fewell. Thanks for making Bills football a little more entertaining than it has been in years.