Perry Fewell

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Perry Fewell
Current position
Title Defensive backs coach
Team Washington Redskins
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-09-07) September 7, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Cramerton, North Carolina
Career information
College Lenoir-Rhyne
Regular season 3–4–0
Super Bowl wins Super Bowl XLVI
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1985–1986 North Carolina Tar Heels
1987 Army Black Knights
1988–1991 Kent State Golden Flashes
1992–1994 Army Black Knights
1995–1997 Vanderbilt Commodores
(AHC in 1997)
1998–2002 Jacksonville Jaguars
2003–2004 St. Louis Rams
2005 Chicago Bears
2006–2009 Buffalo Bills
2009 Buffalo Bills
(Interim HC)
2010–2014 New York Giants
2015–present Washington Redskins

Perry Fewell (born September 7, 1962) is an American football coach who currently serves as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins. Before that he served as the interim head coach and defensive coordinator of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. He was named interim head coach after serving as the team's defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009 under head coach Dick Jauron. Most recently, Fewell was the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

Early years[edit]

Fewell attended South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina. In 1979, he helped lead the school to a 3-A state football championship.


Fewell attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and was a football standout. In football, he was a four-year letterman and as a senior, he was named the team's Most Improved Player.

Coaching Career[edit]


Fewell was a college coach for 13 years (1985-1997), working as an assistant at North Carolina, Army, Kent State and Vanderbilt.[1]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Fewell entered the NFL as the defensive backs coach for Tom Coughlin in 1998 and stayed there through 2002. Jacksonville's pass defense ranked third in the NFL in 1999 and two years later the Jaguars gave up only 13 touchdown passes.[1]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

In 2003, Fewell moved to St. Louis, where he was the secondary coach of the Rams.

Chicago Bears[edit]

Fewell was a Defensive Backs coach with Chicago from 2004–2005 under Head Coach Lovie Smith.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Fewell was hired as defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills in 2006. In what was statistically their best season under Fewell, the 2008 Bills defense ranked 2nd in the AFC in negative yardage plays, recorded 7 games of holding opposing offenses to less than 100 yards rushing, finished 4th in the NFL in red zone defense (41.8%), and allowed just 14 passing TDs all year.[2]

In Week 10 of the 2009 season, the Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron after a disappointing start and Fewell was appointed interim head coach. He led Buffalo to a 3-4 finish. Following the season finale, the Bills fired their entire coaching staff, including Fewell.

New York Giants[edit]

On January 14, 2010, Fewell was hired as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.[3] Fewell served under head coach Tom Coughlin, under whom Fewell previously worked during his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. On February 5, 2012 the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XLVI. On January 7, 2015 the Giants and Perry Fewell parted ways after he spent five years in charge of the defense.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BUF 2009 3 4 0 .429 4th in AFC East - - (Interim Head-Coach)


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jerry Gray
Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
George Edwards
Preceded by
Bill Sheridan
New York Giants Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Steve Spagnuolo