Posted by: giantspeculation | 01/30/2010

Fewell For Thought

The following is a look at Perry Fewell’s 12 year career in the NFL by the numbers. It starts with 1998 in Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin as a defensive backs coach up to his last  year with the Bills as defensive coordinator and interim head coach.

The GIANTSpeculation.com chart below breaks down how Fewell’s defenses have ranked in both passing and rushing yards allowed across the league.

One pattern you will notice is that his defenses have ranked above average (to the right of the vertical axis) in terms of passing yards allowed in 9 of his 12 years. You will also notice is that his defenses have ranked below average (below the horizontal axis) in terms of rushing yards allowed in 8 of his 12 years.

His two best years in terms of defensive yards allowed were in 1999 and 2005.  In 1999, his second year as the defensive backs coach with the Jags when they were 14 and 2 and went to the AFC Championship Game. In 2005, Fewell was the defensive backs coach with the Bears under Lovie Smith. The Bears went 11 and 5 and lost to the Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

As defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, Fewell’s defenses consistently ranked below average in terms of rushing yards allowed. In his last year with the Bills Fewell’s defense ranked 2nd versus the pass in terms of yards.

Some other interesting stats we noticed was that his defenses have ranked well above average in terms of passing touchdowns allowed. With the Bills his defense ranked 9th, 8th, 4th and 2nd in league in terms of passing TDs allowed. Fewell’s defenses have also ranked among the top in the league in net yards gained per pass attempt.

(It is important to note that Fewell’s level of involvement in each of these defenses varied.)

It will be interesting to see how the Giant’s defense performs next year under Tom Coughlin who prioritizes stopping the run and getting to the passer in his defenses.

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