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New York Giants notes: Romeo, Oh, Romeo

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Settle in, folks. It looks like this whole find a new defensive coordinator process is going to take the New York Giants a while.

Former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator and interim head coach Perry Fewell interviewed Thursday with Tom Coughlin. A source told Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News that Fewell is a 'serious' candidate for the job.

Of course, he is far from the only one. It appears likely that the Giants will be setting up a meeting with Romeo Crennel, the former Cleveland coach and former New England defensive coordinator next week.'s Vinny DiTrani, a reporter I don't link to often, weighs in with his feelings that Fewell and Pepper Johnson are the best candidates for the job.

Of all the rumored candidates for the Giants' defensive coordinator position, two appear to fit the criteria better than the others. One is Perry Fewell, the former Buffalo defensive coordinator and interim head coach, who will interview today for the position vacated by Bill Sheridan.

The other is New England defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, the former Giants' linebacker who is busy with the Patriots in the playoffs. Other potential candidates might become available in the next week or so. But these two appear to best fit the profile the Giants have established.

Both are charismatic coaches who could supply much needed energy to a unit that appeared to sleepwalk through the final half of the season.

Fewell is a 4-3 coach, which is the defense the Giants prefer to run and have accumulated the personnel to run. Johnson always has been involved with the Belichick 3-4, so either he or the Giants would have to adjust.

Vacchiano also recently laid out a case for and against Johnson.

The pluses are obvious: The man knows defense. He comes from the Bill Belichick coaching tree (and, thus, the Parcells tree, too). He has five Super Bowl rings, including two as a player, and he’d command instant respect when he walked into that locker room. He’s an imposing presence who wouldn’t be intimidated by anyone. The players would listen. They’d be inspired. And it’s a good bet he’d tap into many former great Giants defensive players who are just dying to help out.

The negatives are obvious, too: He’s never been a defensive coordinator. That lack of experience didn’t work out so well for Bill Sheridan, though it didn’t seem to bother Steve Spagnuolo.

Vacchiano, who is apparently working way too hard these days, also says you can cross Miami assistant George Edwards off the list (sorry, Gobs). Edwards is taking a job the DC job at the University of Florida.

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