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List of Possible Defensive Coordinators

from Ralph Vacchiano via the Blue Screen

Three years ago when Tom Coughlin was looking for a defensive coordinator, there were a dozen names that were tossed around. None of them, to my recollection, were “Steve Spagnuolo.” And I don’t believe anyone else formally interviewed for that job.

So keep that in mind as the names begin circulating everywhere now that Bill Sheridan has been fired after one miserable season. I’ve been told that Coughlin has a long list, and I he doesn’t seem to be sharing it with a lot of people.

Still, I’ve heard (and in some cases read) a lot of names. Here are a few, so far:

Bob Sutton, Jets LBs coach — He is the target of Coughlin’s search, according to a report today in the National Football Post and he certainly looks like an ideal Coughlin candidate. The 58-year-old is a former Army coach (and we know Coughlin loves people with a military background). He was the LBs coach at Syracuse when Coughlin was the QBs coach there in 1974. He’s been a defensive coordinator (with the Jets from 2006-08). And he’s done a good job with the Jets LBs, who anchor the No. 1 defense in the NFL.

Dick Jauron, former Bills/Bears coach — He’s been offered this job once before, but turned it down (One person told me he’s actually been offered it and turned it down twice). But according to a source close to Jauron, this time he might be interested. He was Coughlin’s defensive coordinator in Jacksonville from 1995-98.

Kirk Olivadotti, Redskins LBs coach — I’m not sure yet if he’s actually on the radar, or whether people close to him just want him to be on the radar now that most of the Redskins staff is about to be out of work. He’s been their LBs coach since 2000, but has no coordinator experience and no ties (that I can tell) to Coughlin. He’s only 36, which might play to his advantage if Coughlin wants some youthful exuberance. He’s tied to the organization by his father, Tom, who was once a Giants assistant coach.

Dom Capers, Packers defensive coordinator — He was on Coughlin’s wish list in 2007 when Spagnuolo got the job, but Capers spurned his old boss and took a $2 million-plus salary from Green Bay instead. Could Coughlin make another run at his old Jaguars coordinator (1999-2000)? Maybe. I have no idea if Capers would want to leave the Packers, nor do I have any idea if his contract will be up when the Packers are done. What I do know is Coughlin would have to convince ownership to pay him at least $2 million per season, they might have to consider naming him Coughlin’s eventual successor, and they’d have to switch to a 3-4 defense. Some people seem to think the latter is a possibility. I’m skeptical, unless they change a lot of personnel.

George Edwards, Dolphins LBs coach — His name was reported elsewhere yesterday. He’s about to turn 42, so he’s youth on his side, and he has defensive coordinator experience, having run the Redskins D in 2002-03 (he was an assistant D-coordinator his first year). In 2002, one of his starting linebackers was … wait for it … Jessie Armstead, who now works for the Giants.

Other names I’ve heard in the last 24 hours – – mostly as speculation, and mostly from outside of the Giants organization:

Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray; Former Bills interim coach Perry Fewell (Coughlin’s DBs coach in Jacksonville from 1998-2002); Former Saints coach and Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett; Patriots D-line coach (and former Giants LB) Pepper Johnson.

I’ll tell you this I watch EVERY Bills game because my wife is a fan (we tape either the Giants or Bills when they play at the same time)

And the Bills defense has a fraction of the talent the Giants defense has…AND the Bills offense is so bad the Defense is always on the field.

They play with more fire, intensity, and get more production out of less than most teams do.

I would be very satisifed with Perry Fewell or Dick Jauron as the Defensive Coordinator…although the Bills defensive system is less agressive so that’d be my only question mark.

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2 Responses to “List of Possible Defensive Coordinators”

  1. Michael S says:

    Wouldn’t they have to switch to a 3-4 if sutton or Edwards became DC??

  2. Dick Jauron: probably not according to Big Blue.

    “Jauron would view it as the ‘last straw’ of his career to go back to the guy that gave him his first real coaching break”

    New York Jets linebacker coach Bob Sutton is apparently the top name now.

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