Perry Fewell will accept the Giants’ offer to be their defensive coordinator, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Fewell was the Bills’ interim coach after Dick Jauron was fired, leading the team to a 3-4 record.
Fewell was being courted by the Giants and the Bears, who are coached by close friend Lovie Smith. However, after careful review, Fewell has told associates that he will take the New York job.
The decision was difficult, but Fewell’s family recently looked into neighborhoods and school districts in the New Jersey area, and the coach feels good about the opportunity to help revive a once-potent defense on a team that won the Super Bowl just a few years ago.
The Bears still are without an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator, and Smith’s uncertain future beyond 2010 could make it difficult to land some candidates.
UPDATE: The Bears haven’t received final word that Fewell won’t be joining them, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and have remained in contact with the coach’s agent throughout the day. Nothing is official until Fewell signs a deal with the Giants, but, again, he has told others that he will end up in New York.
UPDATE II: Fewell has agreed to terms with the Giants, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.