The New York Giants are still smarting from missing the playoffs, but their first-year defensive coordinator Perry Fewell appears to be having a successful offseason. With the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns already wanting to talk to Fewell about their head-coaching vacancies, the San Francisco 49ers have now entered the picture, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk.
Here's what Giants GM Jerry Reese said Monday when asked about the possibility of losing assistant coaches:
"We don't want to hold anybody back," Reese said. "We like our coaching staff. Everybody gets evaluated. I get evaluated, the coaching staff, our players get evaluated. If guys get an opportunity to move on to a better opportunity, we are happy for them if that comes along, but we like our coaching staff right now."
Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck tried to be reserved in his praise for Fewell this season because he was afraid he'd be up for a head-coaching position. The Giants were able to hold onto Steve Spagnuolo for one more season following their Super Bowl win, but they were aided by Dan Snyder's ham-handed coaching search in Washington.
It wouldn't surprise me if Reese is working behind the scenes right now to entice Fewell to stay. I would expect to see him receive a bump in pay despite the way the Giants performed in late-season losses to the Eagles and Packers.