New York Giants: Perry Fewell Looks To Be Front-Runner for Coordinator Spot

Kyle LanganAnalyst IJanuary 13, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 22:  Head Coach Perry Fewell  of the Buffalo Bills watches his team  against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Jacksonville defeated Buffalo 18-15.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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When Perry Fewell was introduced as the Buffalo Bills interim head coach, his message was one of passion. Fewell assured fans that he and The Buffalo Bills would "play like hell and win."

In 2009, the Giants didn't play like hell and certainly didn't win. They lacked not only heart, but accountability. Fewell is serious about both of those things.

But never mind that, Fewell is a solid defensive coach.

In 2008, Fewell coached The Bills defense that had the best red zone defense in The AFC, and they sported the 14th overall defense.

While this may not be impressive, the red zone is an area which the Giants struggled mightily this past season, as they were dead last in the league in red zone defense. On many occasions, the Giants didn't even look like they could recognize run or pass. 

This starts with coaching. Fewell is a great emotional leader and someone who will demand accountability from his players.

Heading into 2010, nothing is more important for The Giants.

Why is Fewell the front-runner?

With Jim Haslett signing with Washington, Mike Zimmer extending his stay in Cincinnati, and Romeo Crennell showing little interest, Fewell looks to be the man. He left both New York and Chicago without a contract and is now deliberating which is the better option.

His personal deliberation will affect the Giants greatly, as the pickings will be slim with Fewell off the table.