The Panthers would be wise to hire Fewell.
The Carolina Panthers are actively looking for a new defensive backs coach. According to multiple media reports, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive backs coach Perry Fewell will interview for a job to bring additional help to the secondary.
Fewell has been around the league, having coached for multiple teams in different capacities. He worked for the Jaguars in his first stint until 2002 when he would accept the same position with the St. Louis Rams. He would serve the same role with the Chicago Bears in his next stop, teaming up with Ron Rivera, who was the defensive coordinator at the time. He would have a rather lengthy tenure with the Buffalo Bills and then work under head coach Tom Coughlin with the New York Giants, winning a Super Bowl in the process. Following a stop with the Washington Redskins, he would return to Jacksonville in 2017.
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In Jacksonville, he put together an impressive body of work. Working with defensive backs such as Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, the Jaguars secondary was one of the best in the National Football League in 2017. This season did not work out as well, as the Jaguars failed to make the playoffs.
As noted by Joe Person of The Athletic, Fewell was interviewed for the Panthers head coaching position back in 2011. As we all know, that job went to Ron Rivera. All things considered, I think the Panthers made the right hire. It may not seem like it right now, but looking at it overall, the Panthers have been in relatively good hands with Rivera.
Bringing in Fewell would certainly be a good hire. Although he has been around the block a few times in the coaching ranks, his recent success with the Jacksonville Jaguars proves he is still a solid option in the ever-changing National Football League. The Panthers certainly have pieces to work with in the secondary. Donte Jackson and James Bradberry are just two of the names that come to mind. The secondary showed flashes of greatness last season, they just could not put together an effort for the entirety of the season. That will have to change if the Panthers want to succeed in 2019.
I like the fact that the Panthers are bringing in someone who Ron Rivera is familiar with. I also like how the Panthers are bringing in someone who has a recent track record of success. Those two things are very important. The Panthers have some issues that they need to fix defensively, there’s no doubt about it. Giving Fewell a chance to interview is a step in the right direction. He would be a great fit.