and that's a big assumption considering how easily contract talks can fall apart, let's talk for a bit what the Giants will be getting in Perry Fewell as their defensive coordinator.
For one, they'll get someone who has already worked with Tom Coughlin, having served as Coughlin's secondary coach from 1998-2002 in Jacksonville. In 1999, Fewell had safety Carnell Lake go to the Pro Bowl.
He most recently served Buffalo as its defensive coordinator since 2006, and has actually done a nice job. The Bills ranked second among NFL defenses in 2006, and in 2008 ranked second in the AFC in tackles for losses. They didn't do so well this year, however, pulling in at No. 19 in overall defense. The Bills, which played a 4-3 up front, did finish second in the league with 30 interceptions. That's proof Fewell's basic Cover-2 philosophy can work with the proper personnel. And that's with the Bills making just 32 sacks, tying them for 18th with the Giants.
The question is whether the Giants have the players for that type of defense. One might think that an aggressive safety like Kenny Phillips, returning from knee surgery next year, might be wasted in a passive, read-and-react-type scheme as that.
There's a little background for you. Now, all we need is a signed contract and this search can be over. But keep in mind a report out of Chicago indicates Fewell is also talking to the Bears. Obviously, he's trying to get up a bidding war -- a battle the Giants could well lose.
Things don't seem as sure as they did an hour ago.