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December 31, 2013

McDermott to interview for Redskins' job

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will interview for the Redskins' head-coaching vacancy this weekend in Charlotte, a league source with knowledge of the situation told the Observer on Tuesday.

McDermott, 39, is in third season with the Panthers after spending more than a decade in the Eagles' organization.

Under McDermott, the Panthers have improved from 28th in the league in total defense in his first season in 2011 to second this year. Carolina also is second in scoring defense and rushing defense.

McDermott said Monday he believes he is ready to become a head coach, but his focus is on the Panthers' playoff preparations. Carolina (12-4) has a first-round bye before hosting a divisional-round game Jan. 12.

The Redskins are looking for a replacement for Mike Shanahan, who was fired Monday -- a year after leading Washington to the playoffs. Shanahan was 24-40 in four seasons in Washington.

The Redskins also have asked to interview Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to published reports.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 31, 2013 at 01:48 PM | Permalink


Good luck putting up with Snyder's interference.

Posted by: NC Redskins Fan | Dec 31, 2013 2:10:05 PM

The Panthers defense is good because of the personnel, not the scheme, so I'm not worried.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 31, 2013 2:25:45 PM

I hope he keeps his sanity and stays away from Snyder.

Posted by: Dave | Dec 31, 2013 2:34:56 PM

McDermott is part of the defensive personnel.

You can have a whole squad of talented personnel, but without guidance, they all wind up doing their own thing and that means trouble......

Posted by: Panther's fan | Dec 31, 2013 2:39:29 PM

I don't understand how he can be up for a head coaching job? Hes had one good season with a defense that is STACKED. Someone please explain this?????

Posted by: paul | Dec 31, 2013 2:41:32 PM

And someone explain to me how a coach can be interviewed while we're in the playoffs???? this same crap happened to us with Chud, he stopped caring about our offense! This should be illegal for people to be pursuing other interest when were on the table for a superbowl

Posted by: paul | Dec 31, 2013 2:43:52 PM

McDermott deserves an opportunity but not this one! Then again, I don't know who I would wish the Washington circus on.

Posted by: David | Dec 31, 2013 2:55:04 PM

It's easy to be a great defensive coordinator when you can get 6 sacks from your front four or 24 tackles from your middle linebacker. I don't see the same success for McDermott with the Redskins defense. By the way, how'd that work out for Chud in Cleveland...sometimes these guys are better off where they're at rather than taking a head coaching position where it is a no win situation (ie. Cleveland, Washington, Oakland, Dallas, ect.)

Posted by: MJ | Dec 31, 2013 2:56:15 PM

He's not ready! And how can one minute he be focused on the playoffs and the next interviewing in DC????? And to coach the Redskins???? That job is not appealing! Good luck on that buddy! This is Ron's defense anyway! KEEP POUNDING!!!!

Posted by: Not Ready | Dec 31, 2013 2:58:27 PM

He's not ready! And how can one minute he be focused on the playoffs and the next interviewing in DC????? And to coach the Redskins???? That job is not appealing! Good luck on that buddy! This is Ron's defense anyway! KEEP POUNDING!!!!

Posted by: Not Ready | Dec 31, 2013 2:58:27 PM

paul, the defense is not stacked in the secondary. It is in the front 7 for sure. The key was to have the two top picks as DTs... this allowed for rotating fresh replacements in during games without drop in talent. DEs benefitted as well as the LBs.. and the secondary was less pressured by the solid core. McDermott helped lead this, as well as Rivera & Gettleman.

This goes with the territory when you have success.

Posted by: bill | Dec 31, 2013 3:03:32 PM

^^the secondary benefitted as they were less pressured with the solid "always fresh" defensive line core, presurring the QB, shrinking the pocket.. i should have written

Posted by: bill | Dec 31, 2013 3:07:27 PM

McDermott deserves a shot, but the Redskins (Snyder) has ruined many careers it seems.

Posted by: bill | Dec 31, 2013 3:10:50 PM

Why is he interviewing for another job when the season isn't totally finished yet?

Posted by: WTF! | Dec 31, 2013 3:23:19 PM

Can't believe it. First, he's only been here 3 years and already wants to jump ship to get a payday. Second, he's LUCKY to be here after being FIRED from Philly. Not to mention Rivera has had to take over the D and it's approach midseason last year to help McD. out and it's Rivera's influence (who ran the San D. defense to 1st in the league before coming here) that's helped us get to this point.
Didn't Mc'y D learn anything from Chud who was in and out in 1 yr. at head coach and I expect will be coming back after we fire Shula who is leading the what, 24th ranked offense?

Posted by: handyman | Dec 31, 2013 3:26:52 PM

Nothing wrong with wanting to be a head coach. I don't think the Redskins is a good choice. Look at their record, seven HC's in 14 years. Do yourself a favor and sit this one out.

Posted by: MIke | Dec 31, 2013 3:52:07 PM

No worries. McDermott is a good coordinator but I have no doubt if he takes the HC job in DC or anywhere else, Leslie Frazier would be in Carolina meeting with Rivera and Gettleman the next day to replace him as DC and that my friends is a good swap!

Posted by: Cbuck | Dec 31, 2013 3:52:09 PM

I agree with Paul. How in the hell can someone run interference with anyone on our coaching staff or players for that fact, while we're in the midst of a playoff run. You always here about an organizations interest in certain coaches and if that coach is in the midst of a continuing season the interested organization must wait until that teams' season is completely over! McDermott don't follow in the same footsteps that Chud walked only a year ago and now finds himself looking for another job. The DeadSkins aint worth it!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Dec 31, 2013 3:53:05 PM

He should be concentrating on our game, this is not acceptable. Why is this even allowed

Posted by: Robert | Dec 31, 2013 3:53:31 PM

I don't know how the powers that be feel about our DC interviewing for a job right before the playoffs but I find it very disrespectful of the team and the players he coaches. There is a time and place for everything and this is without question, not the right time, I mean this team has a legit shot at winning the whole thing and you're interviewing for a job before it even begins? Come on man, WTF?!

Posted by: Shane P | Dec 31, 2013 4:03:49 PM

Candidates from teams with a bye can interview during a very small window during the off week. And anyone here saying they wouldn't take a promotion and a significant pay raise is a liar.

Posted by: chris | Dec 31, 2013 4:08:53 PM

Shows you what kind of person Shawn McDermott is. If he was any kind of considerate coach, he would respectfully decline until we 1. Win the Superbowl or 2. Our playoff run is over! What a class act! He can leave now for all I'm concerned, Ron can run the defense anyway and with the talent we have in house I wouldn't doubt that they could keep it up without McDermott. Good Riddance, take you and your selfish pride to Washington and you'll be on the coaching carrousel in a year just like um? Shannahand and, oh yeah, Chud!!! How dare you?!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Dec 31, 2013 4:12:27 PM

Why would he not take the interview? His goal is to be a HC. The redskins probably isn't the ideal situation but that doesn't mean he should ignore the opportunity. He can still get the team prepared to play while taking some time off on Saturday to interview. We won't know who we play until Saturday and chances are the team probably isn't practicing on Sat anyway. I doubt this has any effect his preparation. How much better of a candidate would he be if he was a Super Bowl winning DC when he is up for other opportunities.

Handyman, Chud is not coming back to be our OC. Most of the players were glad he was gone to begin with. Its not entirely Shula's fault. Bad O-line, no number 1 receiver (including 89).

Posted by: josh | Dec 31, 2013 4:13:49 PM

Chris, you just read that like the rest of us just did, probably! Anyway, it's the principle of the matter! Show your team that they're the only thing that's important at the moment, if the job's meant for you then you'll get it. Our offense suffered during the latter part of the season because Chud had his mind elsewhere when we still had games to play, playoff or not!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Dec 31, 2013 4:17:02 PM

Ron's Defense

Posted by: Timmy | Dec 31, 2013 4:24:48 PM

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