Every body loves a "hot" coordinator. And right now every body loves Perry Fewell...including San Francisco, Cleveland, Denver, & Carolina!
So, if the man who put the "Crunch" back into "Crunch Bunch" leaves for a well deserved head coaching job...who's on the Hot Seat to take his place on the sidelines for the Giants in 2011? If you look at history...Tom Coughlin usually keeps things close to the vest, utilizing coaches he is already familiar with.
Some have coached for him...some have coached against him, but I don't see him leaning too far from the center of road. If the position bcomes available there are a few names that have already jumped out as leading candidates.
1. Pepper Johnson - 1986 2nd round draft pick of the New York Giants from Ohio State. The 2x time pro-bowl linebacker was big, nasty, and athletic. He played 7 great seasons for the Giants and was a member of both the Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV winning teams, under head coach Bill Parcells and assistant coach Bill Belichick .
Pepper has coached under Belichick for the New England Patriots for 10 years, specializing in Linebackers & the Defensive Line. With a lot of hardware to show, it's easy to see that Belichick believes there's something special in Johnson. Pepper brings passionate. A great candidate!
2. Dick Jauron - currently the senior assistant/defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. What does that title even mean?
Jauron never made it as a head coach as he struggled with some very bad teams including the Bears, the Lions(interim) and the Bills over the past 6 years; however, Dick does have a very successful coaching connection to one, Tom Coughlin. From 1995 through 1998 Dick Jauron was the Defensive Coordinator for the"expansion" Jacksonville Jaguars. There he coached under Tom Coughlin.
In four years Dick took the Jags defense to the playoffs 3 times and in 1996 the fierce Jags defensive went all the way to the AFC Championship Game. Jauron is not your typical coach...he was also a very good player. Dick went to Yale and was drafted by the Lions in the 4th round to play free safety and tackled a few years in Cincinnati before retiring with 25 interceptions and two touchdowns.
#3 John Fox - The Giants Defensive Coordinator (1997 to 2001) might be a nice fit for a return since being terminated by the Carolina Panthers this week.. Originally from San Diego...John Fox could bring back some old magic with a much more talented group of players than he had back in late 90's.
However, he might have an itch to go West as Oakland and San Francisco are also in need of a head coach. Fox is still considered young at 55 and has a great body of work. Fox took the Giants to the Super Bowl as their Defensive Coordinator in 2000 and the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2003. In 2005 and again in 2008 he went to the AFC Championship.