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Perry Fewell
Defensive Coordinator

Bio

Directed the Bills 2008 defense that ranked 2nd best in the AFC in negative yardage plays…recorded 7 games of holding opposing offenses to less than 100 yards rushing...his Bills defense finished 4th in the NFL in Red-Zone defense (41.8%)…allowed just 14 passing TDs during the ’08 season which was 4th best in the NFL, despite losing his best pass rusher (Schobel) in the early part of the season

12th Year in the NFL/4th with Bills

COACHING EXPERIENCE: Directed the Bills 2008 defense that ranked 2nd best in the AFC in negative yardage plays…recorded 7 games of holding opposing offenses to less than 100 yards rushing...his Bills defense finished 4th in the NFL in Red-Zone defense (41.8%)…allowed just 14 passing TDs during the ’08 season which was 4th best in the NFL, despite losing his best pass rusher (Schobel) in the early part of the season…led a defensive unit in 2007 that relied on key production from a number of young players who were forced into starting roles due to a rash of injuries…the unit forced 30 turnovers (18 INTs and 12 FRs)…tied (Jacksonville) for fourth in the AFC with a plus-nine takeaway-giveaway ratio…ranked fourth in the NFL in red zone defense by yielding a 44.6 touchdown percentage in the area…DE Aaron Schobel earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl while playing in Fewell’s defensive system…few teams took advantage of turnovers more than Buffalo’s defense in 2006, which ranked 2nd in the NFL with a 3.92 points per takeaway average…defense ranked 6th in NFL with four return touchdowns…despite starting two rookie safeties, defense ranked 5th in the AFC in pass defense and was one of five teams to not allow a 300-yard passer in 2006…Schobel thrived in the new defensive system with a career-high 14.0 sacks and was voted a starter in his first Pro Bowl…generated an effective pass rush with 40 sacks to rank 5th in the AFC…prior to Buffalo, Fewell coached the Bears defensive backs to an impressive year in 2005, guiding safety Mike Brown and cornerback Nathan Vasher to the Pro Bowl…Fewell helped the Bears rank 2nd in the NFC in total defense and 3rd in passing defense and the Bears finished first in the NFC with 24 INTs…prior to his time in Chicago, Fewell spent two seasons coaching the secondary for the St. Louis Rams after serving five seasons in the same position for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998-2002) where he worked under defensive coordinator Dick Jauron…has coached five Pro Bowlers during his NFL tenure: safety Carnell Lake with Jacksonville in 1999, safety Aeneas Williams with St. Louis in 2003, Brown and Vasher in Chicago in 2005 and Schobel in Buffalo in 2006 and ‘07.

PERSONAL: A four year letter-winning defensive back at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Fewell was named the team’s most improved player in 1983…Attended South Point High School in Belmont, N.C. and was inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame in 2001…Fewell and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons.