Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was none too pleased with the lack of minority head coaches hired this off-season.
Rivera, a minority head coach, called this year’s crop of new hires especially disheartening and suggested Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell — who did not receive an interview for any of the vacancies — should have been in consideration.
“I’ll give you a name, Perry Fewell,” Rivera said, referring to the Giants defensive coordinator. “He’s a great coach and I really think he should have been in the cycle.”
“This guy went to the Super Bowl last year and helped design a [heck of a] defense,” Rivera said. “Sometimes you do sit there and go, ‘Wow, some guys do get overlooked,’ and it’s happened to me, too. Hopefully Perry will have a great opportunity next year.”
Steve Spagnuolo was hired by the St. Louis Rams following the Giants’ ’07 Super Bowl victory, but a year removed from a Lombardi Trophy following their most recent championship, Fewell’s defense did not wow anybody.
The Giants allowed 383 yards per game, second only to the New Orleans Saints. Opponents converted 42 percent of third-downs against the Giants, tied for third-worst in the league.
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