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Press release: Redskins announce Fewell as defensive backs coach

Jan 27, 2015, 7:06 PM EDT


The Redskins announced the hiring of Perry Fewell as defensive backs coach and Mike Clark as the strength and conditioning coach. Here is the press release via Redskins PR:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Perry Fewell as Defensive Backs Coach and Mike Clark as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Fewell is entering his 18th NFL season after having spent the last five seasons as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, a stint that included a victory in Super Bowl XLVI. In Fewell’s five seasons in New York, his unit amassed 160 takeaways, second-most in the NFC and third-most in the NFL.

Fewell entered the NFL in 1998 as a defensive backs coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a position in which he served for five seasons. He went on to coach defensive backs in St. Louis (2003-04) and Chicago (2005) before earning his first defensive coordinator job in 2006 with the Buffalo Bills. In 2009, he served as the Bills’ interim head coach for seven games.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Fewell spent 13 years coaching collegiately. During his college coaching career, he held various positions at North Carolina, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Kent State and Vanderbilt.

Fewell lettered as a defensive back at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) from 1980-83 and was part of the university’s Hall of Fame class in 2011. A native of Gastonia, N.C., he was on the football and track teams at South Point H.S. in Belmont, N.C., and was inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Fewell and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons.

Clark is entering his 12th NFL season after having most recently served as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013-14. His previous NFL experience includes stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. He was named the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly in 2005 and helped the Seahawks advance to Super Bowl XL.

Clark spent 23 seasons in strength and conditioning at the collegiate level, including 14 seasons at Texas A&M from 1990-2003. He added the duties of assistant athletic director in 2000. During his time with the Aggies, he was named the Strength Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2000 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Clark played high school football at Oak Park H.S. in Kansas City, and continued as a center at Ottawa (Kan.) University. He and his wife, Kris, have three children, Matthew, J.J. and Alicia.


  • 2010-14:          Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2009:               Interim Head Coach, Buffalo Bills (final seven games)
  • 2006-09:          Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
  • 2005:               Defensive Backs Coach, Chicago Bears
  • 2003-04:          Secondary Coach, St. Louis Rams
  • 1998-2002:      Defensive Backs Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 1995-97:          Secondary Coach, Vanderbilt
  • 1992-94:          Defensive Line Coach, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1988-91:          Wide Receivers Coach, Kent State
  • 1987:               Defensive Backs Coach, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1985-86:          Graduate Assistant, North Carolina
  • 1980-83:          Defensive Back, Lenoir-Rhyne


  • 2013-14:          Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Chicago Bears
  • 2010-12:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2004-09:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Seattle Seahawks
  • 1990-2003:      Strength and Conditioning Coach, Texas A&M
  • 1988-89:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Southern California
  • 1983-87:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Oregon
  • 1982:               Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kansas
  • 1981:               Strength and Conditioning Coach, Wyoming
  • 1979-80:          Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Topeka (Kan.) H.S.
  • 1977-78:          Graduate Assistant, Kansas
  1. mr.moneylover19 - Jan 27, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Mike clark is a good hire for the strenght and conditioning coach…he the one that got the seahawk players in great shape when he was with them and he got the bears players in good shape …say what u want about the bears but they are more physical then the redskins…perry farwell is a great hire because the young CBs we have…I still think the joe barry hire will be a legit hire because the problem is not the coaches its the lack of talent and scot m. Is gonna be searching everywhere for talented players to bring in…the big key is that bruce allen not running the important things nomore because that what was holding this team back from success

    • mr.moneylover19 - Jan 27, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      The way they picked apart the coaching staff I expect the same thing to happen with the roster…three players stood out last summer to jay gruden courtney bridget,jerry rice jr and undrafted rookie akeem davis two got injured and one had to play special teams cause of injuries…I think akeem davis and probably nacho probably start at safety next season

  2. jscx3 - Jan 27, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    I like the hire, it gives another legit cordinator, although he is just a position coach. He is a position coach that won a Super Bowl as a DC. Maybe they can put their input in to help steer the ship. Just let the gm pick his players. Coach em up!

  3. ajbus1 - Jan 28, 2015 at 1:43 AM


    Wondering if you could find some stats to show how his defenses fared against deep passes and how they compared to Haslett’s?

  4. bangkokben - Jan 28, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Where’s the Tampa connection???!

    • skinsgame - Jan 28, 2015 at 8:53 AM

      While he was defensive coordinator in Buffalo, the Bills had a game in Jacksonville. It is widely known that Perry Fewell rented a car at the airport in Jacksonville after the team plane landed and he drove it across the state to Port Richey for a golfing event at a senior center. The car had problems before he got to Port Richey and Fewell hitched a ride with the tow truck driver who dropped him off outside of Tampa Bay. He was able to get a taxi to the airport and hop a return flight to Jacksonville but missed team curfew. Everybody knows that.

      • bangkokben - Jan 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

        Hysterical! Archives

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