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Redskins to interview Sean McDermott this weekend


The first rule of coaching searches is that if the last guy was fat, the next guy will likely be skinny.

So after firing an older, offensive-minded guy with a glorious head of hair and tan, the Redskins have now turned their sights to Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers defensive coordinator will interview with the Redskins this weekend in Charlotte, since the Panthers have a bye week.

McDermott has recovered nicely after being in a no-win position in Philadelphia (as the guy asked to replaced the late Jim Johnson), helping the Panthers to a 12-4 record behind an aggressive defense.

The 39-year-old McDermott has never been a head coach at any level.

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63 Responses to “Redskins to interview Sean McDermott this weekend”
  1. bowdowntopeyton says: Dec 31, 2013 1:51 PM

    Exactly what Danny boy wants, a sock puppet who will toe the company line…

  2. softhelmet says: Dec 31, 2013 1:52 PM

    39 yrs old, maybe Dan wants to play the role of father this time around.

  3. primenumber19 says: Dec 31, 2013 1:52 PM

    Why teams still do flavor of the month hires instead of guys with track records is beyond me. It’s why Arians had to wait so long to be a coach and it’s bunk.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 31, 2013 1:55 PM

    I think they really need to get a HC that is especially good for RG3 if that’s still the plan for him to be the unquestioned QB of the team. But somebody that knows how to work with and develop QBs is very beneficial to have. This is a curious choice.

  5. elliottcovert says: Dec 31, 2013 1:56 PM

    Based on this picture I would say that both McDermott and Shanahan are fairly skinny.

  6. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 31, 2013 1:56 PM

    McDermott is a good DC. The Redskins need a good DC. Why offer him the HC job? Let him do what he does best and go after someone with HC experience.

  7. weepingjebus says: Dec 31, 2013 1:57 PM

    How is Haslett still there? How?!

  8. tvjules says: Dec 31, 2013 1:58 PM

    This coach needs to be an Arians-type, who specializes in both developing QB’s, and at the same time, won’t take any crap from them.

  9. bigjdve says: Dec 31, 2013 1:58 PM

    I can’t speak for any other team, but all of the guys with track records haven’t really panned out for the Redskins.

    Maybe this could be an upgrade.

  10. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 31, 2013 1:59 PM

    Washington is the dream job for any aspiring Head Coach out there. #HTTR

  11. wearepennstate1984 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:00 PM

    He would be awesome. Pair him with an offensive mind and you have a great pair.

  12. realdealsteel says: Dec 31, 2013 2:00 PM

    Snyder is looking for a weak coach that he can run the team through.

    Like what Jason Garrett is in Dallas. It’s tough to find a spineless, puppet coach. They are few and far between.

    Norv Turner, Jim Fassell, Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett,…..

  13. wannstache says: Dec 31, 2013 2:03 PM

    Run away Sean, as fast as you can!

  14. calhounlambeau says: Dec 31, 2013 2:10 PM

    If not for Peyton Manning nobody would be interviewing their assistant coaches. It happens every year. Hot offense or defense with good players. The coaches get interviews. Arians is a fine example of someone who had to wait forever, Rivera in Carolina is another example. He interviewed for years while the Josh McDaniels of the world got jobs.

  15. gooseusaf1 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:12 PM

    Oh the ‘Skins #brownandcornstoolstandard

  16. logicalvoiceseys says: Dec 31, 2013 2:12 PM

    Why would anyone want the worst job in the NFL?


  17. ochospantalones says: Dec 31, 2013 2:13 PM

    I thought McDermott got a bad rap in Philly (look how great the Castro/Washburn era turned out after he left) but does he even run the defense in Carolina? I thought Rivera was still de facto defensive coordinator there. I think he’s an intelligent, creative guy, but it seems pretty premature for him get consideration as a head coach at this point.

  18. dalfanforever says: Dec 31, 2013 2:17 PM

    If I were an up and coming coach, I wouldn’t want to work for Danny Boy. Tony Dungy said he would NEVER work for him, and he still has relationships with current coaches including Lovie Smith. That will probably weigh on his and other decisions. It’s hard enough dealing with Jerrah, but at least there would still be some coaches that would at least give Dallas a look.

    Still, I wish Garrett would get fired so we could have this problem.

  19. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 31, 2013 2:17 PM

    No experience? No problem. It’s the Redskins.

  20. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Dec 31, 2013 2:20 PM

    Rwords = joke of a franchise
    RGMe = joke of a QB

  21. mikeevans2012 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:21 PM

    The next Great Coach will be realized only after aquiring the talent to make him so.

  22. squared80 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:22 PM

    The Eagles can thank Snyder and Jones for destroying their own franchises.

  23. morr24 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:26 PM

    Sean has done a terrific job as the Panthers defensive coordinator. The Panthers’ defense has multiple rookies and unwanted free agents. For every Greg Hardy, Luke Kuechly, Charles Johnson, or Thomas Davis there is a Melvin White, Mike Mitchell, Quintin Mikell, and Drayton Florence.

  24. w0rkh0lic1 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:28 PM

    As a Skins fan, I’m actually curious to see this interview process go along with Bruce Allen. I want to find out what the reports are from the media regarding Dan Snyder’s role with the interview. Is this the “Bruce Allen show” or is Dan Snyder going to be involved with the interviews as well?

    It would be the easiest thing for the Skins to throw money at a big name like they have in the past, so I’m curious to see what direction this search takes.

  25. bobleblah says: Dec 31, 2013 2:28 PM

    The Eagles would love a chance to run him out of Philly again.

  26. mikep363839 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:31 PM

    The first rule of coaching searches is that if the last guy was fat, the next guy will likely be skinny.

    You got that line off NFL Insiders lmao that’s pretty weak!

  27. beastnyg says: Dec 31, 2013 2:31 PM

    Panthers D is all Rivera.

  28. drs76109 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:40 PM

    Please tell me they are joking. There are college coaches, assts and HCs, better than this guy. Was terrible in Philadelphia and he is working behind Rivera now…

  29. kyleb313 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:41 PM

    Good idea, id like to see Lovie come in, but the way this guy came in and changed the Panthers d around was impressive. If the skins change back to a 4-3 under McDermott we have 2 dominant DE’s in Orakpo and Kerrigan…. I like this

  30. nologolover says: Dec 31, 2013 2:47 PM

    The league would be doing the Browns fans a favor if they just retract the 1998 decision to expand back into Cleveland and contract back into 31 teams, leaving the door open for expansion into L.A. with a competent ownership group.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 31, 2013 2:49 PM

    What’s sad about this time of year is that sometimes teams that absolutely FAILED and fired their coaches get more press than the teams that have earned the right to compete in the postseason.

  32. dknicholson56 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:53 PM

    Dan Snyder, please do not hire this guy as the Defensive Coordinator before hiring a Head Coach.

  33. backdapack4evr says: Dec 31, 2013 3:00 PM

    What’s going on with the name change?

  34. blu4l1fe says: Dec 31, 2013 3:01 PM

    This certainly seems to be an interesting (and not in any good sense) choice, if the skins do want to head in that direction.

    I’m not saying he’ll be the next skins coach and he’ll fail miserably like Shanny did, but I would think that it would not be an issue for the rest of the NFCE if the skins decide to turn the conference into a three team race (AGAIN!!!).

  35. rjkilla says: Dec 31, 2013 3:07 PM

    leave our d coord alone!!!

  36. mogogo1 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:08 PM

    First question: Does McDermott have a snot-nosed son who he wants to help break into coaching? If the answer is “no”, continue with interview.

  37. lonespeed says: Dec 31, 2013 3:09 PM

    Is he being interviewed for defensive coordinator first, and then elevated to head coach when no one else is willing to take it? That seems like the path to success…oh, wait…

  38. kepickle says: Dec 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    as a Panther Fan I don’t want to lose our DC BUT i feel our DL coach Eric Washington will get a chance DC for someone this yr or next so good luck to Sean

    also look at Cam Newton & the Panthers & also look at NFL History
    Defence Cord make better HC so Hire a OC that will help your QB’s like Turner or Chud or Gary Kubiak thats what many Owners & GM’s have done

  39. conormacleod says: Dec 31, 2013 3:14 PM

    I don’t get it

  40. kepickle says: Dec 31, 2013 3:17 PM

    NO you can’t interview him for anything else but a HC besides he’s under Contract with the Panthers as a DC
    NFL rules make Teams allow interviews for HC jobs

  41. dcstinks says: Dec 31, 2013 3:20 PM

    Thank you! We want to beat on his defense now!
    –Eagle Fans

  42. tvguy22 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:22 PM

    What a lame and uncreative first sentence.

  43. kd75 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:35 PM

    Joe Person?

    Is the guy in the Witness Protection Program or is that his real name?

  44. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 31, 2013 3:39 PM

    The Redskins are due for an inexperienced guy (Marty then Spurrier then Gibbs then Zorn then Shanahan)…..

    I simply hope this is the first of MANY interviews, not a situation where the owner falls in love with one guy. Slow and meticulous, Brucey, take your time….

  45. chrisk61 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:44 PM

    i will preface this by acknowledging i am a long time eagles season ticket holder.

    choosing the right hc is just as or more important than getting a young franchise qb, but most fans dwell on the qb.

    i would have to be looking for a hc this yr. who is out there beside lovie smith and maybe bill o’brien ?

    sean mcdermott ? are you freaking kidding me ? can you say STEVE SPAGNUOLO II ?

  46. greenbaybob2014 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:54 PM

    Green Bay would never hire this “flavor of the month”. As the all time leader in NFL Championships, we’re very discerning about who we hire.

  47. delsj says: Dec 31, 2013 3:55 PM

    He wasn’t terrible in Philly. His defenses were good enough to get the Eagles into the postseason both years. He was an easy scapegoat for Big Red though after consecutive first round playoff loses.

    McDermott ran JJ’s schemes perfectly. The problem was that the system was predicated on pressure up front and Andy Reid’s fascination with undersized DL men and his total neglect of the LB position left them unable to get to the QB. That combined with his youth, caused the defense (coddled by Andy) to turn on him.

    Andy’s next moves got progressively more dumbfounding from there. In comes the Wide 9 & Washburn, OL coach Juan Castillo is named the DC, 8-8 in 2011, 4-12 in 2012, bye-bye Andy.

    But hey, Andy’s just fine now in KC; the Eagles are just fine now with Chip Kelly; & Sean McDermott’s an NFL head coach candidate before his 40th birthday. Kumbayah!

  48. therealtrenches says: Dec 31, 2013 4:01 PM

    If they hire Sean, they will suck for a long time.

    He inherited Jim Johnson’s top ten defense in Philly and proceeded to preside over press conferences as if he invented football. Meanwhile, over the course of his two year tenure, his players forgot how to tackle.

    Ron Rivera, the true mastermind of the defense in Carolina, saved his career by hiring him.

    Based on the way McDermott handled himself in Philly, I can’t imagine that he is anything but utterly convinced that the turnaround in Carolina is mostly his own doing.

    He talks a good game, and will likely interview well.

  49. greenbaybob2014 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:01 PM

    Not surprised that the Redskins would want a lower caliber coach like McDermott.

    The Packers, all time leader in NFL Championships, would never have this guy. We only hire the best.

  50. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:03 PM

    Why is a defensive minded coach a bad idea for a team with one of the worst in the nfl. Also look at the offenses in division 2 teams rank in the top 5.

  51. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Dec 31, 2013 4:27 PM

    Andy Reid and Chip Kelley seem to have similar physiques…

  52. donttrip22 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:33 PM

    No big name coach would ever take this job this will be one of the worst teams in the NFL for years to come with china doll RGIII as there QB

  53. skinsfaninphilly says: Dec 31, 2013 4:55 PM

    I’m convinced most of you on here either dint know football or just get on to post to see what reaction you can get.

    I saw post saying, “All these other coaches to get or teams go for the hot coordinator every year..I don’t understand.” Seriously? If the skins went after a Gruden, Dungy or Cowher, y’all would prolly post responses like, “The deadskins are going after over the hill coaches again or he hasn’t been a good coach since he so and so” so since we are going after a hot coordinator in the league who doesn’t have baggage..we’re dumpster diving now and looking for yes men? So from that, I’m convinced that a majority of the post are simply haters hating. And to ask why are teams dumb enough to go after the hot coordinators every my friend should delete your account & never mention football again. Please, stop stating facts you hear on ESPN!

    Most of the comments are funny, but some of the jokes are getting repetitive and make you lose credibility! Stop talking about how the team has no draft picks because they traded them away for RGIII..last time I checked..the draft is more than 1 round. Last years picks of Reed, Amerson & Rambo were pretty solid..and we’re 2nd-5th round picks

    Bottom line..don’t be a hater all your life.

  54. glac1 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:07 PM

    and work for Snyder?? I don’ think so.

  55. commonsensedude says: Dec 31, 2013 5:08 PM

    Guys, six of the last ten Super Bowl-winning coaches served as NFL Coordinators immediately before getting their Head Coaching gig and Super Bowl run. On the other hand, no coach has ever won a Super Bowl with a second team after winning one with an earlier team. People need to get out of the mentality of chasing after the last big thing and focusing more on the up and comers.

    Going after the “proven” (decades ago) – and also less hungry and less motivated – coaches – is how we got Shanny in the first place.

  56. iikanji says: Dec 31, 2013 5:49 PM

    If Snyder’s plan is to stick with a relative young’en for the long haul & have steady continuity in place … I’m all for it …

  57. bills34 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:12 PM

    I hate how the 3 in RG3 hangs low.. looks so weird.

  58. dcstinks says: Dec 31, 2013 6:25 PM

    Its so cute when the Redskins try to become a legitimate football team..

  59. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 31, 2013 7:05 PM

    Sean McDermott mcdermottd on Howard have never been photographed in the same room. Think about it.

  60. nitzenbaum - not yer momma's 'skins fan says: Dec 31, 2013 7:24 PM

    I guess you gotta start somewhere since you are now running on the rat wheel, but I sure hope they settle on someone that is a step up from the old regime and not down. This is down.

  61. skinsfan2 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:26 PM

    As a Skins fan (although not nearly the one I used to be) the only thing I know for sure is whatever decision Snyder makes it’s guaranteed to not work.

    Death, taxes, and the Redskins finishing last in the NFC East…

  62. haytammy says: Dec 31, 2013 10:32 PM

    If they nab him, I say bring in someone like kubiak for assistant hc/oc

  63. gammynomnom says: Dec 31, 2013 11:30 PM

    Why not make RG3rd string the head coach? He’s not going to listen to what anyone else says anyway.

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