Perry Fewell

Perry Fewell
Washington Redskins
Position: Defensive backs coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-09-07) September 7, 1962
Place of birth: Cramerton, North Carolina
Career information
High school: Belmont (NC) South Point
College: Lenoir-Rhyne
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season: 3–4 (.429)

Perry Fewell (born September 7, 1962) is an American football coach who currently serves as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). Before that he served as the interim head coach and defensive coordinator of the NFL'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

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


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

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

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

Chicago Bears

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

Buffalo Bills

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 (2010-2014)

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. Under his leadership, the Giants defense was often criticized for being "off and soft", allowing other teams to come back into games they should not have been able to. 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

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
BUF2009 340.4294th in AFC East - - (Interim Head-Coach)


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