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Get To Know Perry Fewell

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 27, 2015 – 6:33 pm

Perry Fewell

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You won’t hear any cursing from Perry Fewell, the Redskins newly announced defensive backs coach.

As a defensive assistant at Kent State, in the middle of his college coaching career, he worked under the defensive coordinator Chris Smeland, who used an expression Fewell recalled as “jeez minetti!” to show frustration, as reported by the New York Times.

“I didn’t know what ‘jeez minetti!’ meant, so I started saying ‘jeez oh Pete!’ because it was a way for me not to cuss at my players,” said Fewell, the Giant’s defensive coordinator since 2010. “Now I guess that’s just what I say.”

Redskins defensive backs, be prepared to hear it.

Fewell is also unique in his coaching style. In the same article, Fewell is documented to occasionally run into a pile of players when a big play occurs in practice. He even uses video clips to help players remember play-calls.

“So, if we had a play called Terminator, he would show a clip from the movie,” then rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich said. “There was one, I think it was called antelope or something, where he showed us like a scene from the nature channel where a cheetah is about to kill an antelope. It sounds weird, but it helped.”

Fewell, a native of Belmont, N.C., began his coaching career after being a football standout in college, attending Lenoir -Rhyne College, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a four-year letterman and was named the team’s “Most Improved Player.”

His career totals included 106 tackles and two interceptions on defense and 69 yards rushing on offense. He returned to the school to give a motivational speech to the football team a few years ago.

His college coaching career is extensive, spending 13 years in the collegeiate ranks before graduating to the Jaguars, Rams, Bears, Bills and Giants in the NFL.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina in 1985 and 1986 and became the defensive backs coach at Army in 1987.

The following year, he spent four years coaching wide receivers at Kent State University. In 1992, he returned to West Point and stayed there three years as their defensive line coach. His final college job was at Vanderbilt University coaching the secondary from 1995-97 and becoming assistant head coach in his final season there.

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