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Broncos to interview Gregg Williams, Perry Fewell

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The Denver Broncos have identified two more candidates for their head-coaching vacancy: Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

New Broncos front office boss John Elway told the Denver Post that the Broncos will ask for permission to interview both Williams and Fewell. The Broncos had previously announced their plans to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, and Elway also said that Eric Studesville, who finished the 2010 season as the Broncos’ interim head coach, is a candidate to get the “interim” removed from his title.

Fewell is fast becoming the hot assistant of 2011, as there are now four different teams that have expressed interest in interviewing him: The Browns, 49ers, Panthers and Broncos. Based on early reports, however, Fewell does not appear to be the top candidate for any of those jobs.

Williams has been a well respected defensive assistant in his time with the Oilers/Titans, Redskins, Jaguars and Saints. His 17-31 record as head coach of the Bills, however, could make him a tough sell to the fans in Denver.

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32 Responses to “Broncos to interview Gregg Williams, Perry Fewell”
  1. universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 1:35 PM

    Whoa! Interviewing solid defensive coordinators candidates and starting the coaching search so quickly?

    Yeah, this Elway guy has no idea what he’s doing.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 5, 2011 1:38 PM

    Holy Buffalo Bills. Are they going to interview Dick Jauron and Marv Levy too? Is Lou Saban still alive?

  3. madtolive5 says: Jan 5, 2011 1:39 PM

    Perry is the new Rooney Rule candidate.
    Every team will interview and he wont be a top 5 candidate for any job.

    Very very sad. It is a mockery of the rule.

  4. minnesconsin says: Jan 5, 2011 1:42 PM

    fewell is the new leslie frazier. i wonder how many other minority candidates the browns, 49ers, panthers, and broncos are each interviewing?

    the rooney rule is an embarrassment to everyone involved.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jan 5, 2011 1:45 PM

    One of these times Perry will stick. Where there’s Fewell, there’s fire.

  6. Jay says: Jan 5, 2011 1:45 PM

    “Based on early reports, however, Fewell does not appear to be the top candidate for any of those jobs.”

    He’s a “hot” Rooney Rule candidate. He should be given serious consideration after the job he’s done with both the Bills and Giants defenses.

    But most myopic owners will only be concerned with getting one token interview with him and move on to the next retread or sexy coordinator.

  7. actiondanwi says: Jan 5, 2011 1:45 PM

    Broncs might want to watch the tape of Giants games from wks 15,16.

    Just sayin’

  8. myspaceyourface says: Jan 5, 2011 1:51 PM

    The Rooney Rule is a Mockery.

    How is it equality to have a rule that singles out people groups? ? ?

    I don’t see black establishments putting rules in place that they must interview one white person for everything to be equal. . .

    What a joke. . .The most qualified person should get the job. . WHO CARES what the color of their skin is.

    If you can do the job, get the job. . .

    This rule enables people that are not qualified for the position to get an interview because they have to fill some quota. ABSOLUTE GARBAGE.

  9. hobartbaker says: Jan 5, 2011 1:51 PM

    I was hoping that Mr. Elway would just be a Figurehorsehead, but it looks like he is taking a hands on role in mismanagment. Oh, the pain of having to look upon that gruesome countenence on a regular basis.

  10. universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 1:52 PM

    Interviewing Studesville satisfies the Rooney rule, so they are actually interested in this dude. Or at least want to chat with him.

    He’s done a solid job with his defense despite the late season collapse, although I think Jon Fox would be a better DC hire.

  11. sinkit5 says: Jan 5, 2011 1:53 PM

    Greg Williams good D coach Horrible head A die hard Bills fan prospective

  12. herokravon says: Jan 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    Funny how much Bill Cowhers stock has dropped.

  13. flyerscup2010 says: Jan 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    Perry Fewell is now what Leslie Frazier was. He’s a legitimate head coach candidate, but he’s not anyone’s top candidate. It looks less damning to interview him than to interview an in-house position coach. He’s the designated Rooney Rule interview, and it’s a shame. He’s gonna get hired eventually (or replace Coughlin) and be a very good coach.

  14. igster1 says: Jan 5, 2011 1:56 PM

    why don’t they just do away with the rooney rule.black coaches must realize the only reason they are interviewed is because of their skin color and nothing else.i bet half of the ones that are interviewed will not be hired.

  15. universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 2:06 PM

    why don’t they just do away with the rooney rule.black coaches must realize the only reason they are interviewed is because of their skin color and nothing else.i bet half of the ones that are interviewed will not be hired. -igster1

    Try telling that to Hue Jackson.

  16. lucky5927 says: Jan 5, 2011 2:17 PM

    Please pick Greg Williams, Please pick Greg Williams!

    Sincerely,
    Giants Fan

    ps- Myspaceyourface, I could not agree more! People should be offered an interview and hired based on their reputation, not the color of the skin.

  17. burntorangehorn says: Jan 5, 2011 2:17 PM

    Fewell’s taking free dinner opportunities like he’s Carl Weathers.

  18. profootballwalk says: Jan 5, 2011 2:22 PM

    #
    universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 1:35 PM

    “Whoa! Interviewing solid defensive coordinators candidates and starting the coaching search so quickly?

    Yeah, this Elway guy has no idea what he’s doing.”

    Gregg Effin’ Williams? Yeah, there’s a sure sign of competence. Bwahahaha!

  19. txttn says: Jan 5, 2011 2:40 PM

    I agree that it is unfortunate that you get these candidates interviewed just to fill a quota. But I think most of you are missing the point of the Rooney rule. It gives guys like Fewell a chance to interview where they might not have previously – maybe he impresses someone in an interview enough to land a job. If not he gets the experience of the interview that he otherwise might never get. And finally, it gets the name out there. Front offices will take notice that Fewell is in demand – even if all of that demand is not genuine at this point. So the implementation of the rule is awkward, but I think the overall goal is accomplished, it just takes time. I’d like to hear a better solution…

  20. djrando7 says: Jan 5, 2011 2:40 PM

    Just shows the intelligence level of the posters on here. One poster actually points out that the interim HC for the Broncos was African American.
    Broncos are interviewing him as well. So there are two black men that are being interviewed. They are not doing it based on the stupid Rooney Rule. What garbage that is.

    Perry Fewell might get the job. Denver needs a defensive minded HC, and focus on D. Our offense has not been the problem for the past ten years, it has been the pathetic D. Keep Champ, DJ Williams, Elvis, Dawk, Hill, Goodman, and Ayers, and build that D.

    GO BRONCOS. This is exciting.

  21. mangy66 says: Jan 5, 2011 2:51 PM

    Good luck with Gregg Williams.

    Your CBs will lead the team in sacks, while the rest of the defense plays a variation of the Mike Nolan “Bend But Don’t Break” Defense that only works when you have 5-6 all-pros in your front 7. Broncos fans should be well aware of what I mean.

    Someone like Marty Mornhinweg, who knows how to work with a QB like Tebow (see McNabb/Vick) would make TONS more sense.

  22. hobartbaker says: Jan 5, 2011 2:51 PM

    “It’s always the same”, grumbled Perry, “they bring me in, take a few photos, scratch my face with a fingernail to make sure I’m not wearing makeup, put out a bowl of chicken and a bowl of sushi to see which one I go for, then back out to the airport and on to the next interview.”.

  23. gbfanforever says: Jan 5, 2011 2:54 PM

    “I don’t see black establishments putting rules in place that they must interview one white person for everything to be equal. . . ”

    Oh yes, us poor white guys just can’t catch a break into today’s business place. We’ve got it sooo tough. Please educate yourself as to what it’s been like to be black and have the same qualifications as a white person.

  24. sandiegobuffalo says: Jan 5, 2011 2:55 PM

    Fewell did a good job, better job than Jauron in BFLO in his short time there. Williams is a great D-Coordinator, but a crap head coach (plus he looks like an old woman with his fluffy hair, man boobs and gradient reading glasses)

  25. clinttaurus says: Jan 5, 2011 2:57 PM

    someday Fewell’s prize will be called the Cottrell Trophy…

  26. universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 3:01 PM

    Gregg Effin’ Williams? Yeah, there’s a sure sign of competence. Bwahahaha! -profootballwalk

    No props for the other candidates? One interview proves incompetence? Tsk tsk. So myopic.

  27. thegreatwhitemidget says: Jan 5, 2011 3:11 PM

    Defenitly take perry broncos need defensive work not offense

  28. lucky5927 says: Jan 5, 2011 3:15 PM

    djrando7 says:
    Jan 5, 2011 2:40 PM

    Perry Fewell might get the job. Denver needs a defensive minded HC, and focus on D. Our offense has not been the problem for the past ten years.

    ———————————————
    You guys have not had a problem on offense the past ten years because you have had offensive minded coaches in that role. Perry would help the defense, but I don’t think he would be given enough time to turn that mess in Denver around. McDaniels really set you guys back. Trading away three young offensive stars while no improving the defense? I am n0t sure if any coach they take would last long enough to make an impact. So might as well send Perry back to the Giants! :-D

  29. fireeyes111 says: Jan 5, 2011 3:46 PM

    How has only ONE PERSON noted the hilarity that the three candidates for this job thus far have all been head coaches of the Buffalo Bills since 2003, and have a combined career record of 34-53??

    Studesville was the Bills’ running backs coach before he went to Denver too. Who’s next on the list? Wade Phillips? Kay Stephenson? Lou Saban’s corpse?

  30. fireeyes111 says: Jan 5, 2011 3:50 PM

    And Gregg Williams is a fantastic coordinator but a poor head coach. His 2003 team in Buffalo was loaded with top-end talent all over the field and totally underachieved. They were #1 in pretty much every power ranking at the beginning of that season, and went on to finish 6-10.

  31. realitypolice says: Jan 5, 2011 4:11 PM

    I think it’s hilarious how some many of these posters are screaming about Fewell being the Rooney Rule poster child because the Broncos want to interview him.

    I’m assuming you’ve never seen a picture of Eric Studesville, Broncos interim head coach who is also being interviewed.

    Doh!

  32. universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 4:27 PM

    How has only ONE PERSON noted the hilarity that the three candidates for this job thus far have all been head coaches of the Buffalo Bills since 2003, and have a combined career record of 34-53?? -fireeyes111

    HA! Fantastic point. I still think Jim Fassel ends up on this team in some capacity.

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