Merry Perry Fewell must be a hell of a lot more agile than he appears to be; I mean, what else explains his ability to play “Dodge-The-Blame-Ball” as well as he does, avoiding the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune better than Hamlet did? Well, actually, Hamlet didn’t; but why quibble about it? The question remains: how the hell does he keep avoiding the blame? Beats the iambic pentameter out of me!
Since the end of an underachieving 2012 season, dozens of articles have been written about the failures of the NY Giants’ Defense, which was 31st in the league, couldn’t stop anyone on 3rd and 4th down and chronically gave up big play after big play. And in those articles, the defensive bleeding has been blamed on guys like: Webster, Tuck and other underachievers — but not on Merry Perry Fewell.
But if those players underachieved — and they did — why did they? Injuries? Got old? Too slow? Teams got hip to the scheme? Is there even a scheme to get hip to? All of the above? Or, maybe the players never got the coaching they needed from Merry Perry and his band of equally merry position coaches: Giunta, Hermann and Nunn. Maybe those guys underachieved, too. And if they did, isn’t the Defensive Coordinator responsible for that?
Some writers seem to think the Giants can stem the defensive bleeding — no, make that, defensive hemorrhaging — by replacing underperforming players with free agents like: Aqib Talib, Nick Barnett, Glenn Dorsey and/or others. Or with draft choices, like: DeMarcus Milliner, Alex Ogletree, Sheldon Jones, etc. But how come no one’s seriously suggesting — or better, yet, demanding — the replacement of Merry Perry Fewell?
Isn’t he responsible for the success or failure of the Defense? Isn’t he paid to structure, maintain and tweak it? Isn’t he responsible for the quality and production of his assistants as well as his athletes? And if he is — and he sure as hell should be — shouldn’t he be taking the fall for its failures? Doesn’t the Defensive buck stop with him?
The Giants dumped Bill Sheridan for similar deficiencies. So, why did they keep Merry Perry? Because there were no up and coming assistants or experienced guys to replace him? Really? Monte Kiffin was available. Gregg Williams has been reinstated; and he coached under Coughlin at Jacksonville. Hell, even Steve Spagnuolo — who, admittedly, couldn’t help the handicapped, Sean Payton-less Saints — is still out there.
So, how the hell does Merry Perry do it? Is it his laughing, smiling and running around, high-fiving guys, on the sidelines? What the hell is he laughing and smiling about; his defense sucks! Or, does he have incriminating photos of Coughlin and Reese? I mean, seriously, how does he keep avoiding the blame? But even more importantly, does anyone really want to go through another season with him as the Merry Defensive Coordinator? Hey, Merry Perry; Cheer The ‘F’ Down, Okay?