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Sean McDermott could be on his way out in Philly

Not long ago, Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was regarded as a rising star.  But in the one-plus season since he assumed control of the Philly defense following the illness and ultimate passing of Jim Johnson, McDermott’s star has faded.

The first hints came when coach Andy Reid became involved in the defense play-calling for the first time in his career. 

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, a former Eagles beat writer, recently told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia that McDermott could soon be done.

“There is no question about that,” Paolantonio said, via Jordan Raanan of 97.5 The Fanatic.  “It may be time for; I don’t know how much input Dick Jauron has in the
defensive game plan, I’m sure he has quite a bit, but eventually they
may have to make a switch there.”

The defense fell apart in a 37-19 loss to the Titans, giving up 27 fourth-quarter points.

“It comes down to the defensive coordinator,” Paolantonio said.  “He has
some kind of brainlock or whatever it is — lack of judgment, inability
to make adjustments on the fly.  The head coach was covering for him this
week [in a press conference], you heard that.”

Still, if the 36-year-old McDermott were destined for an in-season firing, it likely would have happened by now, given that the Eagles are three days into their bye week.  The rest of the way, a change would give the Eagles limited time to get the successor (presumably Jauron) ready.

After the season, all bets will be off.  And if the defense doesn’t turn around, McDermott likely will be gone.

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  1. superb owl says: Oct 27, 2010 8:05 PM

    dallas needs a new dc and hc

  2. TheDPR says: Oct 27, 2010 8:10 PM

    Scapegoat.
    Andy Reid as GM has built a defense out of marginal NFL talent and DcDermott is going to take the heat because Andy’s marginal players play mediocre defense. Dick Jauron has more experience, obviously, but even he can’t make chicken salad out of chicken crap.

  3. RunningOutOfCommentNames says: Oct 27, 2010 8:10 PM

    When the hell was he ever considered a rising star?…He was an untested protege of JJ’s defensive philosophy, and we all hoped he could be the next JJ, he was never considered a rising star…

  4. drbob1117 says: Oct 27, 2010 8:21 PM

    From a diehard Eagles fan , all I can say is from Florio’s blog to Andy’s ears….get that dope outta here.

  5. dennis112484 says: Oct 27, 2010 8:32 PM

    hey, i heard somebody say the eagles had a chance at winning the NFC! oh wait on i didnt

  6. LAEaglefan says: Oct 27, 2010 8:33 PM

    The bottom line is that results are what coaches and players are judged on. It may not be Sean McDermott’s fault that the players aren’t executing properly, but he’s going to get the blame for it if they don’t get straightened out. There have been too many 4th quarter meltdowns for the Eagles defense this season, and I think at least some of that has to go on the Defensive Coordinator for not having his players ready physically and mentally to play four quarters of football. They’ve still got 9 games to get their act together. McDermott might want to update his resume in the meantime.

  7. JohnnyH says: Oct 27, 2010 8:38 PM

    Dick Jauron didn’t come to Philly to stay D Back’s coach. Plus Lovie Smith will be looking for a job in 2011.

  8. Kolb to Jackson says: Oct 27, 2010 8:41 PM

    Yes, it was disgusting to watch Eagles defense collapse in the fourth. I’m use to seeing Reggie White, Brian Dawkins, “Gang Green” type defense. FIRE MCDERMOTT!!!!

  9. Kolb to Jackson says: Oct 27, 2010 8:45 PM

    “Sean McDermott could be on his way out in Philly”
    ————————
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  10. The WIZ says: Oct 27, 2010 8:49 PM

    Jauron is probably better anyway.

  11. realitypolice says: Oct 27, 2010 8:57 PM

    Wait a minute. Dick Jauron is on the Eagles defensive staff and is not coordinator?
    What the hell? Two things I can’t believe: 1) I didn’t know this, and 2) Dick Freakin Jauron works UNDER Sean Freakin McDermott.
    This change should be made right freakin now during the bye week. I’m mean right this second. Jauron may not have been a raging success as a head coach, but surely he is a better choice as DC than McDermott.
    Seriously.

  12. Neverend says: Oct 27, 2010 8:57 PM

    As a giants fan, this guy is clueless calling games. Hopefully he lasts when the giants face the eagles week 11

  13. cobrala2 says: Oct 27, 2010 9:04 PM

    Yeah I don’t get McDermott. Our run D absolutely IS superior than most recent years JJ was our DC. However, these 4th quarter letdowns (which is IMO more characteristic of Andy Reid HC’ing than Sean McDermott DC’ing… ie, this is nothing new) are gut-wrenching. Too much Philadelphia sports in all for me last weekend. I mean even Romo’s broken clavicle couldn’t cheer me up!

  14. Bluefan71 says: Oct 27, 2010 9:24 PM

    “It comes down to the defensive coordinator,” Paolantonio said. “He has some kind of brainlock or whatever it is — lack of judgment, inability to make adjustments on the fly.
    Sounds a hell of a lot like Reid himself. One of the worst game managers and decision makers in NFL history. Hope he sticks around for another 20 years

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Oct 27, 2010 10:03 PM

    TheDPR
    smartest thing on here. couldn’t agree with you more. Everyone should re-read that shit and note it.
    dennis112484 ;
    you’re a tool. proof read please
    Maybe this year of getting bullied by simply more physical, more talented athletes will be exactly what Andy Reid needs to realize.
    1) you cant get by with the smallest Defense in the league DL averages 6′ 310 DBs 5’10 185lbs
    2)you cant build a dominant team with sub-5th round talent. there is a reason these bums are in the 6&7th rounds. you’re not finding gold ,, STOP TRADING BACK

  16. The Briggadier says: Oct 27, 2010 10:12 PM

    That comment about mediocre players couldn’t be further from the truth.
    The D-line has three first round draft picks and Trent Cole as the four starters. is that mediocre?
    The linebackers have the weakest pedigrees, but ernie Simms was something like the 6th overall pick a few years ago. Is that mediocre? The secondary has a very early second rounder, the man with the third most interceptions in the league over the past few years, and another man who played on a few Superbowl championship teams. Is that mediocre?
    It’s not the talent, it’s the overall team mentality. They don’t have any balls rigth now. With JJ they gave up lots of yardage, but they made big plays like crazy. You could argue that the talent right now is better than JJ every had to work with, save Dawkins, Troy Vincent, and Bobby Taylor.
    I was ecstatic when Jauron was hired this offseason. Those Bears defenses were awesome when he was the coach there. The offenses sucked except for A-train, but the defenses were classic kick-ass Bears defenses. Sean McDermitt may just not have moxy yet. maybe ten years from now when he grows some facial hair. He’s pretty green just to look at.

  17. ThheVet700 says: Oct 27, 2010 10:25 PM

    Maybe he can get his old job back with, Lucky Charms.

  18. Chitown says: Oct 27, 2010 10:45 PM

    Bluefan71 I could not agree more. The Eagles are begining their slide without 5 to hold it together.

  19. ICDogg says: Oct 27, 2010 10:49 PM

    Sal Pal making up crap again.

  20. Cleg says: Oct 27, 2010 11:02 PM

    But I thought the Eagles were the gold standard of NFL teams?

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 27, 2010 11:11 PM

    Dick Jauron is a proven Defensive Coordinator stud. Fact. I hope a switch is made, even if not in title. Jauron will help. But really, the eagles need another top flite CB. Like Sheldon Brown, for instance, but even better. Top draft priority, imo.

  22. Terrell Blowens says: Oct 28, 2010 12:11 AM

    In all honesty, Wade Phillips is probably a better DC than Jauron. Only if the defensive philosophy changes can the Eagles succeed. This undersized but fast defensive mentality doesn’t work in the NFL. The Eagles’ system works in college where speed makes up for a total lack of skills. But the NFL is the cream of the crop. a 6 foot 300 lb DT isn’t gonna cut it against these 6’4″ 350 pounders. And without an intimidating presence like Dawkins back in the secondary or even at LB, nobody is ever going to fear this defense. Another problem is CB. I blame this solely on management for trading away Sheldon Brown thinking that Ellis freaking Hobbs could be an adequate replacement. Well newsflash, 5’9″ Hobbs is gonna get beat every time he tries to jam a WR half a foot taller like Britt. He got abused. And he even tried that crap on Tony Gonzalez in the red zone against the Falcons. Plain and simple, the defensive mentality has to change starting at the top (front office), and Ellis Hobbs needs to warm the bench

  23. Terrell Blowens says: Oct 28, 2010 12:11 AM

    In all honesty, Wade Phillips is probably a better DC than Jauron. Only if the defensive philosophy changes can the Eagles succeed. This undersized but fast defensive mentality doesn’t work in the NFL. The Eagles’ system works in college where speed makes up for a total lack of skills. But the NFL is the cream of the crop. a 6 foot 300 lb DT isn’t gonna cut it against these 6’4″ 350 pounders. And without an intimidating presence like Dawkins back in the secondary or even at LB, nobody is ever going to fear this defense. Another problem is CB. I blame this solely on management for trading away Sheldon Brown thinking that Ellis freaking Hobbs could be an adequate replacement. Well newsflash, 5’9″ Hobbs is gonna get beat every time he tries to jam a WR half a foot taller like Britt. He got abused. And he even tried that crap on Tony Gonzalez in the red zone against the Falcons. Plain and simple, the defensive mentality has to change starting at the top (front office), and Ellis Hobbs needs to warm the bench

  24. gianthinker says: Oct 28, 2010 1:38 AM

    I bet he ends up working on the Rams coaching staff next.

  25. chris6147 says: Oct 28, 2010 2:39 AM

    COMEON MAN!!! this guy has had 2 seasons to prove he could make game adjustments, why must we always wait til the end of a season. If this was a rookie player making mistakes a move to a vet would have been made already bye week or not, so why is the rule different for a coach with a vet DC here. This is Andy (I’m smarter than a 5th grader) Reid protecting another bad choice of personnell.

  26. wd40 says: Oct 28, 2010 3:00 AM

    If he’s the fall guy let’s also blame him for trading McNabb, releasing Dawkins and Westbrook and not drafting any quality O Linemen in the last 2-3 years.
    Without a line and leadership the writing is on the wall. Another year of going no where.

  27. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 28, 2010 3:38 AM

    Hard to believe that he’d get the boot during the season – they have a lot of young guys on D, Bradley is still trying to get his speed back after the ACL last year, and this was probably forseen as a rebuilding year anyway. I’ll bet if they make progress and play well in December, as they usually do, nothing happens.

  28. EaglesFreak89 says: Oct 28, 2010 6:37 AM

    I deff remember last season when they said in the philly media that other teams were looking at Sean to be in the running for a thc position. Sounded bogus to me.

  29. Quirt Evans says: Oct 28, 2010 6:41 AM

    Speaking as a Giants fan, the Eagles are the NFC that worries me the most. I think they are very dangerous. They can score points fast, and there is some talent on that defense. So, I wouldn’t write them off just yet.

  30. RugDaniels says: Oct 28, 2010 7:29 AM

    The Eagles have had three games where the defense collapsed in the 4th quarter. Is that because of McDermott or is it because of the lack of size on defense? These guys are wearing down during the game and have nothing left for the finish.
    This Eagles team wasn’t supposed to be good this season. Most preseason predictions had them at 8-8 or 9-7. They got off to a fast start b/c of the unexpected good play from Vick. If they didn’t have the fast start and the season played out like they expected it to no one would be talking about McDermott.

  31. Buschman says: Oct 28, 2010 7:47 AM

    I predicted that Steve Spagnuolo would be back in Philly after the season to be the next D- Coordinator because the Rams just got new ownership. Usually they new owners like to hire their own guys. But the Rams haven’t been as bad as many expected. It’ll be interesting to see if he lasts as HC there. If not, bring him home to Philly.

  32. xxxsixeightxxx says: Oct 28, 2010 8:19 AM

    Don’t overlook the fact that he ruined the rookie season of #13 overall pick Brandon Graham by playing him out of position most of his rookie year… he took an extremely undersized DE and made him play DT. BRILLIANT!!! Ernie Sims gets a hurry, Sack or QB hit every single time hes dialed up on a blitz due to his freakish speed… so Sean decided to dial a Sims blitz up once every 4 games. Just flat out bad coaching.

  33. TheDPR says: Oct 28, 2010 8:34 AM

    RugDaniels nailed it. The players aren’t good enough to go 60 minutes. They’re neither big enough nor talented enough.
    McDermott isn’t the coach Johnson was. Jauron would almost certainly be better than McDermott. BUT it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the players and the Eagles just don’t.

  34. SliKRiK says: Oct 28, 2010 8:53 AM

    RIP JJ.. we sure miss your in-game adjustments on the fly and he always seemed to get in the other QBs head, but i’m sure its time to move on from mcdermont… he just doesn’t show that he can handle being a DC. Maybe if Marvin Lewis or Lovie Smith get canned this year, they should consider bringing one of them in since they were both excellent DCs in their careers…

  35. BackToJail4Vick says: Oct 28, 2010 8:54 AM

    Ellis Hobbs = Izel Jenkins
    This guy is flat out terrible. Sure can run his mouth though.

  36. Hank_SJ says: Oct 28, 2010 9:08 AM

    DPR is spot-on. King Andy is the chief-cook and bottle-washer over at Fortress NovaCare. He and, to a lesser but growing extent, Howie ‘The Gambler’ Roseman, are behind the personnel decisions. And no one in upper management appears to hold King Andy accountable for these disastrous draft and free agent decisions.
    Years and years of undersized defensive linemen, smallish LBs and DBs. And none of them have any leadership ability.

  37. Dice14 says: Oct 28, 2010 9:10 AM

    McDermott has been inept since last year. Last year he had the excuse of no MLB, the loss of Dawkins, and being unprepared bc of JJ’s passing. Those are, however, all legitimate factors to justify the worst Eagles defense we have had in years.
    This year there are no excuses. He has had the entire offseason to prepare, Bradley is back, and Andy drafted a solid FS in Allen. We got stronger at the LB positions and D Line. There should be no excuses this year – only results.
    In week one, the Eagles did not have an answer to the Packer’s first half game plan or their run game. Mind you, we were up against their backup RB the majority of the game. We can chalk this one up to the superiority of GB’s offense. Or so we thought.
    Week two against the Lions. Fourth quarter. The game is all but over. Next thing you know, we’re only up 3. A serious lapse in the defense. Ahh those Eagles, never an easy win.
    Week four against the Skins. First quarter. We give up 14 points quickly in the first few possessions. Our defense looks lost. At this point you have to wonder, what the hell is going on on those sidelines?
    Week five against the Niners. Fourth quarter we let Alex Smith mount a Montana-esque comeback. McDermott, all eyes are on you.
    The Titans.. well, no need to comment.
    The Eagles D has consistently been exploited for several possessions at a time before the necessary adjustments are made or time simply runs out. At first, it’s easy to point the finger at a few players who may have been responsible for big plays. This is now becoming a trend. In game adjustments are an imperative aspect of the game. It’s up to the D Coordinator to make the necessary adjustments as opponents adapt to our game plan in order to stay. McDermott seems satisfied with bashing his head against the wall with a game plan, whether it’s working or not.

  38. tombrookshire says: Oct 28, 2010 10:01 AM

    Andy is a big believer in elevating his own guys. Less descent and disagreement that way. McDermott may have been a Johnson protege, but no one is JJ. Besides, how can a 36 y/o who never played a down of football become JJ just because Andy says so. McDermott was a d-backs coach before his promotion. It was clear that he was overextended last season. Too many in-game substitutions, situational sets. The defense couldn’t gel because the same group was never on the field for consecutive plays. Dermott was trying to justify his elevation by outdoing JJ with trickery and cleaverness. Something that there is no shortage of on Andy Reid’s staff. They think they are the smartest guys in football and stuff that doesn’t work anywhere else works for them. Check out their record since 2004. Would be good to Jauron take over. It would finally start to get that D going in the right direction.

  39. MuskyHunter2542 says: Oct 28, 2010 10:05 AM

    I wanted him in Green Bay a few years ago.

  40. sdffa11 says: Oct 28, 2010 10:25 AM

    reid should know all about not being able to make in game adjustments. hes got no right to complain after the 11+ years of the same in game BS.

  41. Bleed BnG says: Oct 28, 2010 12:33 PM

    Andy Reid making Defensive Calls…
    Job Security for the Defensive Coordinator.

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