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Sean McDermott says the Eagles called, never went far

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18:  Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott of the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott did get a pair of head coaching interviews, with the Browns and Buccaneers.

But in an offseason in which all the jobs were filled by guys with offensive backgrounds, it wasn’t the right time to be a young and upcoming defensive mind.

Via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, McDermott said he had a conversation with Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman the day after the regular season ended, but it became clear he wasn’t the kind of guy Roseman was looking for.

“We did talk,” McDermott said. “We had some preliminary talks. It was clear from the beginning they wanted to go offense.”

The Eagles only interviewed guys with offensive backgrounds, before settling on Doug Pederson to replace Chip Kelly, and McDermott said nice things about him, but the 40-year-old McDermott would have clearly liked a shot at a job with his hometown team.

“You can go out there and throw your line out there and not get an invite and say, ‘Hey, well,’ or you get the feedback and it’s negative or you didn’t handle this right or that right,” McDermott said. “The feedback I got was very, very positive. And I think it was more a result of the process. It’ll come at some point. . . .

“It runs in cycles. Maybe next year some defensive guys will get some love.”

If the Panthers win Sunday and they continue to play well on that side of the ball, McDermott should continue to get opportunities. And by waiting for a time when the job market is more open-minded, he might have a better chance.

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8 Responses to “Sean McDermott says the Eagles called, never went far”
  1. psubeerman21 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:53 AM

    Would have preferred they went with mcd and gotten a good OC

  2. floratiotime says: Feb 2, 2016 8:58 AM

    You just didn’t have the right stuff for the Dream Team. Deal with it.

  3. jjb0811 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:22 AM

    Need a Rooney rule for special team and DC’s get a chance to interview.

  4. captainwhodat says: Feb 2, 2016 9:22 AM

    as the SB will prove, defense is in…and that Carolina defense is as good as Denver’s…check out yds per point and QBR…you get your shot next year…

  5. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 2, 2016 9:41 AM

    Who would even go to that cesspool organization after the way they treated Andy Reid?

  6. bucks4ever13 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:59 AM

    Please, please, please stay with the Panthers for a couple more years. Big things could be happening. You deserve a shot at a HC position but please don’t take it too soon.

  7. leroyquimby says: Feb 2, 2016 10:22 AM

    The Andy Reid that went 14 years with Eagles and 3 with the Chiefs without a title? That Andy Reid? Yet somehow Tom Coughlin went 12 years with 2 titles and the Giants are class organization?

  8. jgedgar70 says: Feb 3, 2016 1:23 PM

    When Kelly first got fired, I though Sean was going to get the job – great work here, Philly native, history with the team. Kinda glad they didn’t take him. It will be nice to have our coach & coordinators together for one more year.

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