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Fewell Says All D Staff Is Safe:

From Ralph Vacchiano:

Perry Fewell has “a lot of confidence” in the defensive coaches he inherited when he joined the Giants, and other than hiring a new defensive line coach he has no plans to make any other changes to the Giants’ coaching staff.

That’s what Fewell, the Giants’ new defensive coordinator, said this morning in his first interview since he was hired. Speaking on Sirius NFL Radio’s The Opening Drive he made it clear that the jobs of linebackers coach Jim Hermann and secondary coaches Peter Giunta and Dave Merritt are safe.

“I have a lot of confidence in the staff that’s presently here,” Fewell said. “Both secondary coaches have a Super Bowl ring. One guy (Giunta) has two Super Bowl rings. Our linebackers coach is well known and an excellent linebackers coach. So we just want to fill that defensive line (coach) position with another knowledgeable person that can help us get over the top.”

That would appear to mean that Tom Coughlin is done purging his staff in the wake of the team’s miserable season. He fired defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, whom Fewell replaced. And he also fired defensive line coach Mike Waufle. Coughlin never gave a reason for why Waufle was the only defensive assistant axed, but team sources said it was a combination of the poor performance of the defensive line and a feeling Coughlin had that Waufle had become too close to his players. One source suggested that Waufle was even perceived by some in the organization to be on Osi Umenyiora’s side during the defensive end season-long battle with Coughlin and Sheridan.

Waufle has since been hired to be the new defensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Fewell, who is being held back from the rest of the media until Thursday, didn’t reveal much else during his Sirius interview. He promised an “aggressive” defense, but said it won’t necessarily be the Tampa 2 scheme he ran in Buffalo.

“I like to run a defense that’s multiple,” he said. “Multpile in that they’re fundamentally sound, good tacklers and aggressive. Coverage-wise it can be flexible. It can be Tampa, Cover 2, it can be a lot of different things. But I want to be very flexible and aggressive with what we do.

“I have to find out what the talent level allows me to do. I think we take advantage of what our talent level does. And if it is more of an attacking style, blitz style of defense, that’s what we’ll do.”

It sounds like we will finally hear from Fewell on Thursday so stay tuned for more info.


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