Update 2: NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports Perry Fewell has decided to take the job in New York. End Update
Update: Contrary to the ESPN.com report, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Perry Fewell is still mulling initial offers from both New York and Chicago, and that no decision has been made yet. Either way, it still doesn't sound like the Bills are in Fewell's list of final contenders for his services. PFT End Note
ESPN.com is reporting that former Buffalo Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell plans on accepting a defensive coordinator position with the New York Giants. Adam Schefter cautions that while the move is expected, it is not yet official, as the Giants have not yet heard back from Fewell regarding the job. The ESPN report cites a league source.
Fewell, who guided the Bills to a 3-4 record in seven games as the interim replacement to former Bills head coach Dick Jauron, interviewed for Buffalo's vacant head coaching position last Monday. Though he told The Buffalo News that the interview went well, he also mentioned that he considered himself a longshot for the job.
This is significant from the Bills' side of the story in that, once this does become official, the Bills will have lost 50% of the candidates that they have interviewed for the head coaching position to other opportunities. Fewell was one of only two men to have interviewed for the job to date, with the other being Minnesota assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Buffalo reportedly will sit down with Arizona's Russ Grimm regarding the opening once their playoff run is complete, though interest on Grimm's part is apparently lukewarm. The Bills find themselves in a similar situation with San Diego's Ron Rivera, who reportedly turned down interviews in both Buffalo and Seattle last week to focus on the playoffs. Both Grimm and Rivera may be available for an interview once their respective teams are done with the post-season.
The bottom line is that right now, any report citing Frazier as the "leader in the clubhouse" is sort of stating the obvious, because he's also the only guy in the clubhouse.