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Crazy about Fox

Giants will let defensive coordinator talk with Bills

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Posted: Friday January 19, 2001 9:35 PM

  John Fox Giants defensive coordinator John Fox watches Sunday's NFC Championship game. AP

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox will interview for the Buffalo Bills' head coaching job.

Fox received permission from the Giants to meet with the Bills after the Super Bowl, an NFL source said Friday on the condition of anonymity.

Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi refused to comment.

Giants head coach Jim Fassel has refused to let his assistant coaches talk to the media except after games.

Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe was not immediately available for comment. He is attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Bills spokesman Mark Dalton said Donahoe has refused to comment on potential candidates until he met with them.

Fox and Donahoe worked together with the Pittsburgh Steelers about 10 years ago.

Fox has been New York's defensive coordinator since Fassel became the coach in 1997. Fox's defenses have been among the league leaders during his tenure.

New York finished fifth overall in the NFL in total defense this season, allowing 284.1 yards. The Giants' run defense was second overall, allowing 72.3 yards.

Fox's stock had to rise this past weekend when the Giants shut down Randy Moss and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings, winning the NFL championship game 41-0.

Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis is regarded as the front-runner for the Bills' job.

With the Ravens and Giants in the Super Bowl, Donahoe has to wait until after Jan. 28 to speak with either one.

Buffalo fired Wade Phillips after the season for refusing to dismiss an assistant coach. The Bills had an 8-8 record

Donahoe has interviewed Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell for the head coaching position.


 
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