Tom Coughlin and the NY Giants today fired defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Defensive Backs coach Peter Giunta. All hope has been restored for Giants fans as they no longer have to endure a DC who smiles after they give up big plays, or a DC who completely refuses to blitz opposing QB’s (see game 12 vs Cowboys when Fewell’s defensive line allowed Tony Romo 9 and 7 seconds respectively to make a sandwich before throwing winning TD’s) or better yet no longer do Giants fans have to endure a player only revolt meeting after the season has been lost for the players to start taking matters in to their own hands and blitzing themselves.
Under Perry Fewell, the Giants ranked:
2014: Yards per game, 375.8 (29th); Points per game, 25.0 (23rd)
2013: Yards, 332.2 (8th); Points, 23.9 (18th)
2012: Yards, 383.4 (31st); Points, 21.5 (12th)
2011: Yards, 367.6 (22nd); Points, 23.1 (21st)
2010: Yards, 310.6 (7th); Points, 24.4 (21st)
Yes I know we won a Super Bowl with Perry’s defense, but on average his defense has ranked 19th for both yards and points per game. Jerry Reese went out and loaded up the defense especially the DB’s with talented acquisitions and nothing changed except a worse record and ranking in 2014. The word around Giants Headquarters especially from Tom Coughlin is that we hear Perry Fewell is a nice and decent man who cares deeply about his players and is an all around good guy. For that, I always hate to see someone lose their job, but if you used that criteria only then I feel I am qualified to be the Giants Defensive Coordinator too. It was time to make a change, Coughlin needed to do this for his own prosperity as well. Some potential Defensive Coordinator replacements could be bringing back the very popular Steve Spagnola who is currently assisting the Baltimore Ravens defense or we also hear there is interest to bring in recently fired Mike Smith from the Atlanta Falcons or possibly Dennis Allen from the Raiders.
My pick for Fewell’s replacement is to bring back a great defensive stalwart and two time SB champion from the Giants past. The G Men should hire Pepper Johnson as their next DC. Pepper is currently the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills and was an integral part of the New England Patriots’ coaching staff for 14 years. We need some fresh eyes and ideas for the defense and bringing in Pepper who doesn’t have proven defensive coordinator experience, but has great credentials and understands the Giants way is just what the doctor ordered. Coughlin took a chance similarly last year for the offense when he chose Ben McAdoo with no experience.
Many Giants fans are smiling because they won’t be seeing Perry smile on the sidelines anymore.
About the Author
Written by Dennis Napoliello
Graduate of Providence College with a BS degree in Business Administration. While at Providence College, I co hosted the #1 radio program titled "The Sports Page". I make my living in the fitness industry as National Vice President of Sales at David Barton Gym located in New York City. On a personal note, I have been a long standing Giants fan as my family has held season tickets since the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. I now own the tickets and enjoy going to the game with my three children (Peyton, Trevor and Camryn), wife (Michelle), Dad (Al) and brother in law (Chris). Other than college, I have lived my entire life in NJ and currently reside in Roxbury, NJ. My objective with this blog is to have fun writing, along with my two sons, about the team we love, and to be as objective as possible always trying to give you the fans point of view,