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Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera: New York Giants’ Perry Fewell Should Be an NFL Head Coach

February 18th, 2013 at 12:15 PM
By Dan Benton

Despite the Rooney rule, minority hiring was non-existent this offseason, with 15 potential candidates being passed over for various head coaching and General Manager positions. It's a situation that does not sit well with Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who also happens to be one of the few remaining minority head coaches left in the NFL.

While speaking with Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer (via PFT), Rivera said the results are "disheartening" and singled out New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell as an obvious head coaching candidate who was unjustly passed over.

“I’ll give you a name, Perry Fewell,” Rivera said. “He’s a great coach and I really think he should have been in the cycle.”

Unlike a year ago, when he visited with the Cleveland Browns, Fewell didn't receive a single interview following the 2012-2013 season.

“This guy went to the Super Bowl last year and helped design a [hell of a] defense,” Rivera said. “Sometimes you do sit there and go, ‘Wow, some guys do get overlooked,’ and it’s happened to me, too. Hopefully Perry will have a great opportunity next year.”

The idea of Fewell being a "hot head coaching candidate" stems from the interest stirred up by former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo following the Super Bowl victory in 2007. But a championship does not necessarily make someone a quality candidate, and unlike Fewell in 2012, Spags' defenses were much more formidable and statistically impressive.

In Fewell's case, teams around the league had to consider the Giants' defensive regression. Injuries aside, Fewell's defense finished with the 31st ranking in the league, down from 27th in 2011, which was also down from 7th in 2010.

Ultimately, Fewell being passed over had little to do with him being a minority, and much more to do with his results with the Giants. You don't promote a cashier to manager if he can't count proper change for a dollar.


Tags: Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Ron Rivera, Steve Spagnuolo

21 Responses to “Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera: New York Giants’ Perry Fewell Should Be an NFL Head Coach”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    It amazes me to hear minority head coaches complain about teams’ hiring practices not including minority coaches.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I’m re-posting the following because I don’t want to opine on Rivera’s statement except to say it doesn’t speak well for his judgment. Fewell built absolutely no case for himself over the past two years.

    Let’s start with the assumption that the Giants’ organization knows more about football and their players than all of us combined. We may occasionally see something they don’t, largely because they’re too close to the players or for some other reason that creates a blind spot. But for the most part that’s not true.

    Let’s also assume that this organization is meticulous enough that they are tracking potential draftees in their sophomore year at college, perhaps even earlier in some cases. And assume further that one of a great GM’s major jobs is to be planning at least two years in advance, and even three. You cannot “plan” for injuries, but Reese (and the entire pro and college personnel departments) can certainly be thinking, and MUST be thinking, about “succession plans” for just about every player on the team. They fit that into contract negotiations and cap management as well.

    I really don’t think the above assumptions are anything but correct. So why would we think that the team doesn’t know what they have, or at least an extremely good idea in that regard, just because a player hasn’t played much yet? It’s because the coaches (who behind the scenes will always moan about how they can “only coach what we have” and tell each other it’s “too bad the stupid front office didn’t give me better players”) always state the conservative case to the media, the usually Gilbridian “Well, let’s see what he does when he’s in the games” stuff that is the default position for almost every coach in the NFL who is doing the full-360-degree CYA dance. That’s what we hear, and it’s hard not to take that as the truth. But, in fact, both the coaches and the pro personnel group have been looking very carefully at the younger players at practice and doing constant evaluations against the veterans who may be ahead of them on the depth chart. So Jerry Reese has a very good idea of what is waiting in the wings and whether his players are replaceable from within and whether they’re earning their pay or not. He may sometimes disagree with the coaches (that tension is always going to be there, and it isn’t unhealthy), but the team generally knows what it has.

    We should remember that when they make these tough decisions over the next few weeks and months. We’re going to find out a lot about how they feel about their younger players in the very near future. In fact, Dan’s terrific piece is for our benefit, but the team has already decided which players they think will “break out” and will not be too surprised when they do. We have to trust that process knowing we’re less expert at this than the people who are actually making those decisions.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I agree and think it’s very much in line with the time tested line of reasoning that (among other things) states that valuable players are not allowed to walk over money. And if they are, it’s only because the orgainazation knows that player(s) equal or better is either on the roster, or soon will be.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    As far as breakout years go, the only ones I’m looking for are Giant offensive lineman. The kids drafted last year may only yield Brewer and that would be fine by me. Because the Giants focus on Beatty tells me that they agree with my assertion that Eli needs to be protected. Letting his blind side protection walk with only Diehl as a insurance policy would be truly insane.
    The same can be said of singing Bennett. I would love to keep him, but Beatty and then Nicks are the priorities. And cap friendly is the name of the game this year and every year for the Giants.

    As much as I like defense, I still think a high round offensive lineman is in the works for this draft. I also feel that Reese will take at least two defenders within the first three rounds. There are O-lineman who Reese will have a shot at who can be groomed to play this season. Signing Beatty leaves the door open for a defender to be drafted at 19.

    The breakout players should be Randle, Hill, Ojomo and Tracy. Mostly because they will have to play based on who is on the depth chart with them.
    I am sure Hill is not the equal of Phillips MENTALY. Physically, Hill is faster and at this stage able to deliver more pop when tackling players. In the games I saw Hill play, I never once saw him take a bad angle in pursuit.
    Will Hill is a natural.

    Randle is as I’ve posted many times just as talented as Nicks.
    His commitment to learn the game is all that’s in question. His punt/ko return abilities alone are worth the price of admission. Kid is good.

    Ojomo and Tracy are very talented. Tracy in the mold of Tuck, physically strong and Mobil with very good closing speed. He needs to work on moves and keeping his eyes on the play developing in front of him. But he has the goods.

    Ojomo plays more like Osi. He has the acceleration/explosion off the snap.
    The difference is Ojo will also play through the man blocking him and utilize leverage. He will be way better than Osi ever was playing the run.

    All this burgeoning defensive end talent will be meaningless if Reese does not find or already have an impact defensive tackle. I don’t think he has one on his roster at this time. So does Austin get another chance to be an impact player?

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Tracy comapared to Tuck???!!!!!!!!!! Ojomo plays like Osi?!!?!?!!! LOL!

      Man, you guys really have high hopes for Ojomo and Tracy.

      i’ve watched Ojomo play at the U, at both DE and DT. He’s a good player, but comparing him to Osi???! Stop that nonsense. We’ll be lucky if we can get half the production from Ojomo as we did from Os ( and not Osi from last year).

      As for Tracy, well…. I just don’t see what you guys see in the kid. An Undersized DE, and not big enough to play LB. AND, what has he shown on the field? he had one sack in preseason all of a sudden this guy’s in the mold of Justin Tuck? Man, i hope im really wrong but I really don’t see what the hype is for EITHER of these two guys.

      Im fact, our best bet is to draft a DE early, IMO.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Ojomo was compared to Osi by his teammates and coaches a year ago. That’s where that whole thing started. They called him Mini-Osi or some nonsense like that.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          Well that needs to end right there.

          The kid needs to get on the field against the big boys and not 3rd stringers to make his teammates words anywhere close to true.

          Look ,i’m being negative about these guys only because i just dont see it with either of them.

          •  rlhjr says:

            Dan i did not know of the nick name given Ojo by his teammates.
            But that should tell Big Blue something. Players know, scouts speculate.

            •  BigBlueGiant says:

              Right. They called JPP the next Reggie White. What happened there?

              OH he was Double teamed? So was Reggie White. LOL!

              Nothing against JPP, i think he’s great, but he wasn’t last season.

              That whole D-Line stunk it up.

              And my point being is that if NOONE played up to par, why wouldn’t Tracy get his fair share of PT in the rotation?

              Where was ” Lil Osi” when he was activated?

              •  rlhjr says:

                Reggie was stronger than any three men had the right to be.
                And I have no clue who compared JPP to Reggie White? Not even in the same zip code. JPP’s game is speed agility and technique. Reggie was simply unblockable in other words, he didn’t need technique he just threw people out of his freaking way.

                JPP will find it hard to show with Tuck, Osi and the collective DT position requiring only a single blocker, or none at all. This kid had three lineman and a back chipping him most passing downs. Name any pass rusher not named Taylor and I’ll show you some one who has players working a scheme to insure that player can not be isolated by the offense.

                You tell me why the Giants don’t play rookies. I suspect it’s because they don’t want to ruin them. And in the case of offensive linemen and backs, because they don’t want their franchise QB seriously hurt. I really wonder if Ndamukong Suh would have played here year one.

                Finally in Tracy’s very first pro (pre-season) game, he had 10 solo tackles playing SAM. Scrubs don’t even approach that figure in organized football. Pretty sure that’s one of many reasons he’s still on the roster.

                The kid is 6′ 4″ and 247 lbs. Plenty big enough for both DE or LB.
                They decided to make him a DE. He got playing time last year.
                And no Tracy is not Tuck’s equal. But Tuck is no longer his own equal.

      •  G-MenFan says:

        Most people did not have the opportunity to watch Ojomo play at Miami and have only the 2012 preseason games to judge him. He stood out against 2nd and 3rd teamers and looked like a beast. How he’ll fare against starters is of course another matter.

        But the whole “man you guys have high hopes for Ojomo and Tracy” stuff is absurd. Obviously both Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin have high hopes for them or they wouldn’t be on the 53-man roster. So let’s not make this out like we all ran out to buy Ojomo and Tracy jerseys. We’re just excited by the potential they’ve shown.

      •  rlhjr says:

        I saw Tracy as a kid in collage. Seeing Ojo turn the corner on a OT is enough for some people. But keep laughing Big blue….and keep watching too…LOL.

        And for the record, I do like your take on most things. So, nothing personnel.
        But I fail to understand what you DON’T see in them.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          Guy, we’re talking about two DE’s here, who can’t find their way onto the field when the rest of our D-line isn’t producing.

          again, Tracy will be nothing more than a ST’er and possible low end depth chart guy. He’s really nothing special and been on the team long enough to earn his PT. Especially when our D-line wasn’t playing up to par. And i dont wanna hear that nonsense about coaches choice. IF he was good enough, they’d put him in.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Brewer wasn’t drafted last year. His was drafted in the 2011 draft. Mosely and McCants were drafted last year. Mosley will probably stick.

      The Giants will sign Beatty, but they will also sign Boothe. They don’t have Guards right now, and Beatty gives them depth at Center as well.

      •  rlhjr says:

        I think we need to remind Big Blue that dominating against lesser players is the very first step to being a beast vs. the “big boys” Sort of like beast 101.

        Case in point Victor Cruz! (That’s for Norm) But Blue just like the rest of us is entitled his opinion.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    And just as in every business, there is a minority working in a support role who if judged on equal grounds with other candidates and given the chance would show himself to be heads and shoulders above the fray.

    Unfortunately, it’s never what you know, it’s WHO you know. Perry Fewell is a dork……….who knew somebody, as was Sheridan. IMHO

    •  Krow says:

      I think you’re basically correct that the Giants don’t let talent walk over money. But there is a limit. The team will go fair market value … maybe even a bit more … but if there’s a crazy bidding war then they’ll let even a talented player walk … as they should. In the NFL cap is king.

  5.  giantsou812 says:

    I agree Fewell should be the headcoach of the panthers.

  6.  giankees says:

    ojomo and tracey do not need to replace the numbers that osi and tuck had. We need Tuck to be healthy and we need speed off the corner they dont have to be Osi of 2011 they need to be better than he was in 2012 which ojomo has shown flashes. Coughlin is unorthodox with younger players, remember jpp didnt get in on every play when he was a rookie and he had rediculouos talent agreed by all. If Ojo has or tracey has can get some time i with a healthy jpp and a healthy Tuck they do not need to have osi type of talent they just need to be better than he was last year.

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