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Report: Perry Fewell has a backup plan

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After leading the Buffalo Bills to a 3-4 record in his seven games as interim head coach, Perry Fewell interviewed for the Bills' permanent head coaching position on Monday evening, according to multiple reports. While Fewell's chances at landing the full-time coaching gig are slim, particularly considering the fact that the entirety of the coaching staff - Fewell included - was relieved of its duties on Monday, Fewell reportedly already has a backup plan.

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that should Fewell be passed over in Buffalo's head coaching search, he's the leading candidate to become the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

Bears coach Lovie Smith acted as his own defensive coordinator this season; after a very disappointing year in Chicago, however, Smith is shaking up his coaching staff, and he's looking for a coordinator. Fewell has earned respect around the league for his work in Buffalo - not just this year, but in all four years - and has experience working with Smith. The two men are on the same page philosophically, as well, as both are well versed in the Tampa 2 scheme.

Add Fewell's name to a growing list of Bills coaches that could land prominent coaching gigs elsewhere - a list that includes recently-departed special teams coordinator Bobby April and even former head coach Dick Jauron. Anyone still want to pretend that coaching was the sole root of the problems in Buffalo for the past four seasons?