In a recent feature at Profootballweekly.com, all 32 defensive coordinators in the NFL were ranked in order.
The Bills’ Perry Fewell, who is the favorite to replace Lovie Smith and Bob Babich as the Bears’ defensive coordinator, finished 13th out of 32. Fewell received high marks because his defense was able to overcome a rash of injuries at linebacker and safety and still wound up in the middle of the pack.
The Bills’ defense struggled to stop the run, but it was No. 2 in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Their 28 interceptions were also second best in the league and more than double the Bears’ total of 13 picks.
In PFW’s story, one scout says, “Fewell is a (heck) of a coach. He's a very good teacher, and it's difficult to find guys who can (correct) technical flaws the way he can. The defense has not been the problem there. If they can keep him (as defensive coordinator), they should.”
Fewell has interviewed for the vacant head coaching job in Buffalo (he was the interim head coach there for the final seven games after Dick Jauron was fired), but he is a long shot. It’s possible whoever gets the top job will want Fewell back, so the Bears may need to act quickly when they meet with him early next week at Halas Hall.
Oh, by the way, Lovie Smith was ranked 22nd on the PFW list of defensive coordinators. Check it out if you’d like to see the less-than-glowing comments.