News

Print
RSS

Fewell named interim head coach

Posted Nov 17, 2009

The Bills moved quickly after owner Ralph Wilson relieved Dick Jauron of his head coaching duties, naming defensive coordinator Perry Fewell interim head coach.

“Perry Fewell will be our Interim Head Coach," said owner Ralph Wilson in a team statement. "Perry has done a great job with our defense and has demonstrated excellent leadership skills as Defensive Coordinator. Our players and staff have a lot of confidence in him and that is important as we look forward to these next seven games.”

Fewell will address the media at an 8:30 pm press conference, which will be carried live right here. - http://www.buffalobills.com/media-lounge/live-video.html

For Fewell, 47, it’s the first time he’s been a head coach in his coaching career. This is Fewell’s 12th year as an NFL assistant coach having served as a defensive coordinator under the departed Dick Jauron the past four seasons.

He’s the first interim head coach of the Bills since Hall of Fame head coach Marv Levy was hired as an interim head coach in 1986 replacing Hank Bullough.

Fewell’s defense has fallen on hard times this season due mainly to a myriad of injuries. He’s already lost starters Kawika Mitchell and Leodis McKelvin for the season and last week was also without fellow starters Keith Ellison, Terrence McGee, Donte Whitner and Kyle Williams. Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and safety Bryan Scott have also missed a handful of games this season.

Nevertheless Fewell’s defense leads the AFC in takeaways with 19, thanks in large part to rookie Jairus Byrd who leads the NFL in interceptions with eight.

Fewell has previously served as defensive backs coach with the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He joined the NFL ranks after a three-year stint at Vanderbilt University where he last served as assistant head coach and secondary coach.

LATEST HEADLINES

LATEST VIDEO

  • Players Customize Cleats for My Cause, My Cleats

    (2:18)

    In Week 13, several members of the Buffalo Bills will participate in the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" initiative by wearing customized cleats to promote causes that are important to them.

  • Coffee With the Coach Presented by Tim Hortons

    (3:39)

    Chris Brown talks to HC Rex Ryan about stacking wins after a win against the Jaguars, correcting mistakes in the red zone on the defensive side of the ball, and a fan asks Rex how does he stay positive throughout the highs and lows of a NFL season.

  • Watch: Bills-Raiders Preview

    (3:13)

    Players and coaches from both the Bills and Raiders talk about the Week 13 matchup in Oakland at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

  • Salute to Service Game Honors Our Military

    (2:40)

    To show their gratitude for all of those who protect our country, the Bills honored each branch of the United States military at their Salute to Service game against Jacksonville in Week 12. They also recognized the family of Bob Kalsu, the former Bill who was killed in the line of duty during the Vietnam War.

  • Sammy Watkins: "Rehab and Get Ready for the Game"

    (4:41)

    WR Sammy Watkins addressed the media after practice topics include; how his foot feels after a week's worth of practice, how he has adjusted his game to play at a high level, and getting ready to play the Raiders.