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The Giants will interview Bills DL coach Pepper Johnson for their open defensive coordinator position.
The interview will happen early next week. Drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft, Johnson played 13 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 1998. He served as an assistant with the Patriots from 2000-13 before joining the Bills as the defensive line coach last season. The Giants are also interested in Ravens DB coach Steve Spagnuolo. Sat, Jan 10, 2015 10:57:00 AM

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The Giants are expected to reach out to Ravens DBs coach Steve Spagnuolo regarding their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

It would be quite the reunion after Spagnuolo put himself on the map with a wildly successful two years as the Giants' defensive boss from 2007-2008. He was the mastermind of the defense that shut down Tom Brady and the 18-0 Patriots in the 2007 Super Bowl. Spagnuolo then became the head coach of the Rams in 2009, finishing with a pitiful 10-38 record across three seasons. His stint as the Saints' defensive coordinator in 2012 was abysmal, as the Saints fielded the worst defense of all-time in yards allowed. He's rehabbed his value in Baltimore.
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Giants DC Perry Fewell's contract was quietly extended through 2013 after New York's February, 2012 Super Bowl win.

Coach Tom Coughlin also made it clear Monday that Fewell will be retained for the 2013 season despite major decline on the defensive side of the ball. The Giants finished 2012 ranked 31st in the NFL in total defense. They were sixth the previous year. Fewell was hired as Giants defensive coordinator in 2010.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 05:06:00 PM

Giants co-owner John Mara expects to work out a new contract with coach Tom Coughlin within the next 4-6 weeks.

"I have no doubt it's going to get done very soon," said Mara. "As I've said, Tom is our guy, and we think we have the best coach in the league." Mara's comments notwithstanding, Coughlin was on the hot seat as recently as early last season. Winning his second Super Bowl in a half-decade may have allowed the NFL's oldest coach to also become the highest-paid.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:34:00 PM

Coach Tom Coughlin has no plans to retire regardless of the Super Bowl outcome.

"I feel good," Coughlin told earlier this week. "Retire to do what?" Much like Tony LaRussa's easy-going attitude throughout the playoffs, Coughlin was notably loose with reporters on Thursday. Asked if he was superstitious, Coughlin replied, "I haven't changed my so-and-so's in three or four weeks." Pressed on strategies for stopping Rob Gronkowski, Coughlin quickly offered, "With a ladder."
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 07:27:00 PM's Mike Lombardi suggests that ex-Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo could resurface with the Giants as defensive coordinator.

It's the position Spags held before flopping as St. Louis' head coach. The Giants finished the regular season 27th in total defense, and 29th versus the pass. Lombardi anticipates "major competition" for Spagnuolo's services. The Eagles are also expected to be in the mix, though Spagnuolo's schemes have never used the "Wide-9" philosophy implemented in Philly by Jim Washburn.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 10:45:00 PM

Giants signed head coach Tom Coughlin to a one-year extension.

This had been expected for quite some time. With John Fox as an obvious exception last season, NFL teams rarely allow their head coaches to enter a season with lame duck status. Coughlin sports an impressive 65-47 (.580) record in seven years with the Giants, but he may need to make the playoffs to earn another extension with consistent rumors of Bill Cowher lurking in the shadows.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 12:52:00 PM

Perry Fewell is expected to stay on as Giants defensive coordinator in 2011 after missing out on head coaching openings.

All four teams that interviewed Fewell have filled their head coaching vacancies, and he has yet to be tied to the Raiders, the only remaining team with an open position. Fewell's return is great news for a Giants defense that has not had the same DC two years in a row since Steve Spagnuolo in 2007-08.
Sat, Jan 15, 2011 10:34:00 AM

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, ex-Panthers coach John Fox "would certainly" be a target for Giants defensive coordinator if DC Perry Fewell takes the head coaching job in Carolina.

Fox and Tom Coughlin have never worked on the same staff, but they faced off against each other in the AFC South and Fox has history with the Giants. A longtime defensive backs coach with six years of NFL coordinator experience before his Panthers tenure, Fox would be a natural replacement for Fewell.
Thu, Jan 6, 2011 10:10:00 AM

The Panthers and Browns have both inquired about Giants DC Perry Fewell regarding their head coaching vacancies.

Fewell ran the No. 7 defense in 2010, a unit that led the NFL in forced fumbles and ranked fifth in sacks. The Lovie Smith disciple also got a cup of coffee in the head coaching ranks as the Bills' interim man at the end of the 2009 season. Fewell would appear to be a more likely candidate in Carolina than Cleveland. The Panthers are targeting coordinators only.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 02:31:00 PM

Ex-Steelers RB Jerome Bettis predicted again that Bill Cowher will return to the NFL as the next coach of the Giants.

"I can tell Coach Cowher misses the game," said Bettis. "The situation is right for him to come back." Bettis believes Cowher would be willing to take a rebuilding job, but only if the team has a proven quarterback. The Cowboys could also be an option, though Cowher's relationship with the Mara family works to the Giants' advantage.
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 08:05:00 PM

CBS2 in New York reports that Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested for rape.

According to the report, Taylor is accused of beating and raping a 15-year-old "runaway from New York City controlled by a pimp." The alleged incident occurred early Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn Holidome Hotel in Suffern, and charges are expected to be filed once police complete their investigation. Though the original LT has a long history of drug abuse and other brushes with the law, this is still a shocking report.
Thu, May 6, 2010 11:02:00 AM

Bill Cowher downplayed talk of him holding out for the Giants head coaching job Thursday, explaining that he hasn't spoken to Jerome Bettis in two years.

Cowher didn't come right out and deny Bettis' claim, but he implied that his former running back would have no clue about his future plans. Bettis is credited with correctly predicting that Cowher would retire from the Steelers back in 2006. Until he takes another coaching job, the speculation is going to remain that Cowher is interested in the Giants.
Fri, Jan 22, 2010 09:14:00 AM

Ex-Steelers RB Jerome Bettis said Thursday that Bill Cowher hasn't accepted a head coaching job the past couple of seasons because he's "holding out" for the Giants job.

New York is "where he always wanted to be," said Bettis. "The Mara family, he's been very close to them ... and was on the inside track -- before the Giants won the Super Bowl -- for that job." Bettis, who is tight with his former head coach, believes Cowher will end up coaching the Giants eventually. If Tom Coughlin misses the playoffs again next year, it could happen as soon as 2011.
Thu, Jan 14, 2010 06:22:00 PM

Updating a previous item,'s Jason LaCanfora seconds a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter that Perry Fewell will accept the Giants' offer to be defensive coordinator.

Fewell will receive a two-year deal. He was believed to be leaning toward joining close friend Lovie Smith in Chicago earlier in the week, but the staff's uncertain future may have pushed him toward the Giants job. Fewell will have much more talent to work with in New York, which makes the possibility of a quick turnaround appealing. A Tampa-2 devotee, Fewell may have to adjust his style to fit a Giants scheme that typically blitzes with more than just the front four.
Thu, Jan 14, 2010 04:09:00 PM

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