Defender Shades Ex-Giants Coach: He Tried to Steal My Love for the Game

Giants DB Rashaan Gaulden calls out former coach Perry Fewell

Getty Giants DB Rashaan Gaulden runs the ball during the NFL Scouting Combine

Los Angeles Rams star Jalen Ramsey has been the head honcho of the anti-Perry Fewell fan club for some time now (more on that below).  However, it seems New York Giants defensive back Rashaan Gaulden may be ready to give him a run for his money.

Gaulden took to Twitter on Thursday to “shoutout” Fewell, his former defensive coordinator with the Panthers, for what Gaulden describes as trying “to steal my love for a game that I’ve loved since I was a seed.”

Gaulden, a former 2018 3rd-round pick for Carolina, played less than one season under Fewell, as the Panthers cut ties with the safety in late November of last year. Still, it was apparently more than enough time for Fewell to have a sizeable negative effect on the New York defender.

Many Giants fans likely remember Fewell as the defensive coordinator who captured a Lombardi Trophy with the team back in Super Bowl XLVI, under the watchful eye of Tom Coughlin. Still, his five year run with the organization can mostly be categorized as underwhelming, as New York ranked within the top half of the NFL in total defense just once over that span.

Since his departure, Fewell has bounced around the league, bringing his hard-nosed coaching style with him to stops in both Jacksonville and Carolina, before taking a job with the NFL’s officiating department as Senior Vice President of Officiating Administration this offseason.

While Fewell appears done with coaching at the moment, he’s seemingly still doing his best to improve New York’s defensive unit, albeit indirectly. Gaulden claimed in his Tweet that Fewell’s actions in Carolina “woke up a monster.”


Gaulden Remains Intriguing Entering Year 3

Not too long ago Gaulden was thought of as a potential cornerstone in Carolina’s secondary. A 3rd-round selection out of Tennessee in the 2018 NFL Draft, Bleacher Report Draft Expert Matt Miller even went as fas as comparing him to Miami Dolphins stud corner Xavien Howard.

Ultimately, Gaulden didn’t pan out in Carolina, appearing in just 24 games over his Panthers career with zero career starts to his name. After fizzling out in Carolina, Gaulden signed with the Giants in late December of last season, appearing in one game with Big Blue.

In 2020, Gaulden will get the chance to once again play alongside Giants’ big-ticket free-agent addition James Bradberry. The two spent nearly two years as teammates in Carolina from 2018 through most of 2019.

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Jalen Ramsey Warned Gaulden of Fewell

As mentioned above, Fewell also has quite the tumultuous history with now-Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey. The pair spent two years in Jacksonville together. Two years that Ramsey was clearly not all too fond of.

Upon catching wind of the Panthers hiring Fewell as their defensive coordinator last offseason, Ramsey took to Twitter to send a sarcastic “good luck” to DBs Gaulden and Corn Elder, as previously noted by Jaguars Wire.

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