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January 09, 2014

Redskins hire means McDermott likely staying with Panthers

With multiple reports Thursday morning indicating Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will take the Redskins head coaching job, Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is all but certain to be back with Carolina in the 2014 season.

McDermott interviewed for the job last weekend in his first head coaching interview of his career. He gave few details about how the interview went other than saying it was "an honor."

“I get paid by the Carolina Panthers to do a job,” McDermott said of balancing his job with the interview on Monday. “And that’s what I’m here to do, and do it to the best of my ability. Anything outside of that, I did on my own time. That’s 15 years of preparation, not just one week of preparation."

McDermott was one of several candidates interviewed for the job. Washington general manage Bruce Allen reportedly met with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Of course, the possibility remains that McDermott could make a lateral move and become another team's defensive coordinator this year. But such a move is highly unlikely for the coordinator who had the second-best defense in the NFL in 2013 and by all accounts has a strong working relationship with head coach Ron Rivera.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM | Permalink


Thats Great News!! This would at lease keep him focus on the task at hand. I hope next year he gets his shot, he deserves that.

Posted by: PantherPride28 | Jan 9, 2014 10:35:21 AM

are there not other jobs still open? detroit, cleveland, tenn?

Posted by: its_not_me | Jan 9, 2014 11:49:38 AM

Blessing in disguise for McDermott. Now, lets get ready for SF.

Posted by: Cecil | Jan 9, 2014 12:14:45 PM

Just because he hasn't been interviewed yet doesn't mean that he won't be......we win this weekend and his name gets hotter.

we lose, his schedule opens up.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 9, 2014 12:32:26 PM

There are other head coach openings - Washington wasn't the only one. I think McDermott will be a head coach either next season or the one after that.

Posted by: Dom | Jan 9, 2014 1:28:23 PM

Why in the world would he take a lateral move to a struggling team with a DC opening? That's odd speculation.

Wade Phillips, Norv Turner, Sean McDermott. Some guys are just cut out to be really good coordinators and nothing more.

Posted by: York S. | Jan 9, 2014 1:57:35 PM

Seems like a lack of loyalty to me...however I understand that's the ultimate goal for anyone inspiring to become a head coach. Good luck in the future but we need you now!

Posted by: bt | Jan 9, 2014 4:48:59 PM

Great to have McDermott staying. Wish we could get Chud back also.

Posted by: Holmes | Jan 9, 2014 5:02:06 PM

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