Perry Fewell has been the Giants' defensive coordinator since 2010. During that period, the Giants' defense has been ranked among the best - and worst - in the NFL. His "bend but don't break" philosophy has taken the Giants to the top of the league, winning a Super Bowl. But it also has failed miserably at times, exposing the team both personnel-wise as well as calling into question the team's defensive strategy.
Last season, the Giants made a change at offensive coordinator, bringing in Ben McAdoo to replace the retiring Kevin Gilbride. At least that was the official narrative. This year, with the team missing the playoffs for the third straight season, many feel it's time for a change on defense.
"No, not really. I just prepare for the next opponent, and I go at it like that," Fewell replied Friday when asked if he thought this Sunday's game vs the Eagles was his last with the Giants.
Fewell, like all of the team's employees will learn their fate after the season. It is widely believed that head coach Tom Coughlin will be retained, but will be asked to make changes among the rank and file within his coaching staff.
If this is his finale as DC, Fewell is not reflecting on his time here. Coaches all know. Getting fired is just like getting hired. It's one of the hard facts of the profession.
"I haven’t really thought about it. I wouldn’t even reflect on it," he said.
To Fewell's credit, his defense has been a force on occasion amassing takeways and sacks, stopping the run and shutting down historic offenses in postseason play. To his detriment, Fewell's unit has been on the receiving end of some inexplicable beatings, surrendering large chunks of yards and points while failing to hold leads late in games.
Many readers of this column, and others, would not be sorry to see him go. I personally believe it's time for a change. As for Fewell, he's a class guy and a pro all the way. He will certainly be coaching somewhere next season. I just don't think it will be here.