Giants hire Perry Fewell as defensive coordinator

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Buffalo Bills interim coach Perry Fewell has been hired as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator.

Coach Tom Coughlin announced the move late Thursday evening after Fewell spent the past few days weighing offers from the Giants and the Chicago Bears.

Fewell interviewed for the vacant Bills coaching job but he has said for a while that he felt he was a longshot for that position.

Giants rookie defensive coorindator Bill Sheridan was fired the day after the regular season ended. The Giants gave up more than 40 points in each of their last two games and 427 points for the season, ranking third from the bottom in the NFL. Only the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams gave up more points.

The Giants also fired defensive line coach Mike Waufle.