In the end, it was all about Perry Fewell and what he wanted to do the next few years. His old boss, Tom Coughlin, had reached out and offered him a job. And then waited.
The wait proved to be worth it. Fewell will bring his Tampa Two defense to the Meadowlands, a scheme tailor-made for this team.
In 2009, the Giants had no semblance of order on defense and were absolutely pitiful in pass coverage.
With the Tampa Two, everyone will know their role—back and forth—and there will be no finger-pointing because there will be fewer big plays. In a pass-friendly league, this system has proven to be the way to go.
This hire is not a reach. Fewell is not only a disciple of Coughlin’s, but of Dick Jauron and Lovie Smith as well. In the early '90s, Fewell was defensive assistant at Army. The head coach was Bob Sutton.
Fewell’s pedigree as a coach is impeccable. He also coached at Vanderbilt under such legends as Rod Dowhower and Woody Widenhofer, the latter who worked for the masterful Bud Carson in Pittsburgh during the Steel Curtain years and who groomed Tony Dungy as a coordinator.
I’m looking forward to seeing Fewell implement his plan and the Giants soaring back to the top of the standings.
For you detractors, hold your tongues. Don’t waste your time trying to fit the current pieces into the Tampa Two because many of those pieces won’t be around come July.
The Giants—from John Mara to the parking attendants—have vowed radical changes and this is only step one. There are much more to come. Stay tuned.
Gilbride to Oakland Still a Possibility
Now that we have our defensive coordinator in place, the focus turns to the offense. Could we be looking for a new coordinator there as well?
We will find out as early as today whether the Oakland Raiders' head coaching job becomes vacant. Tom Cable is meeting with Al Davis today to discuss whether Cable returns as head coach in 2010.
The bone of contention seems to be the future of quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Cable sees the same thing the outside world does: The kid doesn’t have what it takes.
Davis wants to develop Russell. Cable will lose this battle, and a new coach will be given that directive.
That coach may be Kevin Gilbride, the Giants’ offensive coordinator. Gilbride interviewed for the position once before and Al Davis apparently liked what he heard. Good luck to all involved.
Cowher Secretly Covets Giants Job
In an interview with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo yesterday, former NFL great Jerome Bettis leaked that Bill Cowher wants to coach the Giants.
The former Steeler coach has a relationship with the Mara-Rooney dynasty and has intimated that he likes the Giants job because they have Eli Manning.
“He’s known them very well and was on the inside track, before the Giants won the Super Bowl, for that job and I think he’s holding out for that opportunity if it presents itself,” Bettis said.
This is all nice to know, but Tom Coughlin isn’t going anywhere. He’s got two years left on his contract, which will be honored by all sides.