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Report: Panthers on the prowl for Perry

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell walks around during

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell walks around during the Giants' two-day mini camp. (Apr. 30, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Perry Fewell might be considering a return to his home state of North Carolina. But to lure him there, the Panthers came to New York.

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Panthers executives Marty Hurney and Danny Morrison interviewed the Giants’ defensive coordinator here on Thursday, and a second source has confirmed that the interview was at least scheduled to take place. The Observer has also called Fewell “possibly a favorite” for the head coach job in Carolina.

If he does in fact get the job, it would be the second straight time a coach has gone from Giants’ defensive coordinator to Panthers’ head coach. John Fox took the same path.

The Panthers are also said to be interviewing Rob Ryan, Greg Manusky and Ron Rivera, all of them like Fewell defensive coordinators.

Four NFL teams have requested permission to interview Fewell about their head coaching vacancies: The Panthers, Browns, 49ers and Broncos. The Broncos announced yesterday that Fewell will meet with them on Sunday.

While the Panthers job may not be appealing on the surface, Fewell grew up in Belmont, NC, and attended Lenois-Rhyne College which is in Hickory, NC.

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