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Bills offer head coaching job to Sean McDermott


The second interview apparently went well.

Per multiple reports, the Bills have offered their head coaching job to Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

The 42-year-old McDermott has done a good job in recent years in Carolina, bouncing back impressively after his stint as coordinator in Philadelphia (following the late Jim Johnson) didn’t go so well. But that was hardly fair to McDermott, as anyone following Johnson was likely to pale in comparison.

McDermott also presents a more substantive hire, after the bluster that came with the Rex Ryan era. His understated personality will likely be a good fit there in Buffalo.

Now he has to assemble a staff quickly. He had been linked with former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, but McCoy’s also talking to Denver about a job there.

Then there’s the small matter of figuring out who his quarterback is going to be, with Tyrod Taylor’s future up in the air thanks to a $27.5 million injury guarantee.

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30 Responses to “Bills offer head coaching job to Sean McDermott”
  1. 12coltsfan12 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:39 PM

    ho hum, still no QB, still a punchline…

  2. dpdonny says: Jan 11, 2017 3:39 PM

    Has the Rooney Rule been punted?

    I don’t care. Never cared for it, but there is never a HC interview/hire story where it isn’t mentioned.

  3. iammrbinky says: Jan 11, 2017 3:40 PM

    Congrats to the Bills fans that wanted change. With change comes hope. Not sure McDermott is the answer but only time will tell. Without a doubt his OC hire is the most critical decision remaining the Bills will have this off season.

  4. corkspop says: Jan 11, 2017 3:40 PM

    He is a solid Defensive Coordinator. His success as Head Coach will hinge strongly on his choice for Offensive Coordinator. The QB questions need to be resolved early, too. Kirk Cousins is there for the right price……….

  5. 667s650w says: Jan 11, 2017 3:40 PM

    I give him two years tops before the dysfunctional Bills fire him for not making the playoffs…

  6. draculalambert says: Jan 11, 2017 3:41 PM

    He will last 2-3 years. Book it

  7. newenglandcheetahs says: Jan 11, 2017 3:43 PM

    Hip-hip hooray

    Now get Phil Rivers for a 2nd

  8. donbat67 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:43 PM

    Snax all around .

  9. bvolke says: Jan 11, 2017 3:44 PM

    Good hire for Buffalo

  10. billjones383 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:45 PM

    This will be a good hire for the Bills. Crazy rex was close to the playoffs and McDermott will get them there. The team will be a lot more structured.
    Signed, Carolina Fan.

  11. aliveguy24 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:46 PM

    So your not hiring Frank Reich.

  12. kepickle says: Jan 11, 2017 3:46 PM

    Bank on it Sean McDermott would take the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in 2 years or less

  13. kepickle says: Jan 11, 2017 3:47 PM

    For those mentioning quarterback issues understand something Sean McDermott has experience with Cam Newton Shirley Tyrod Taylor can’t be that worse

  14. rabidbillsfan says: Jan 11, 2017 3:49 PM

    I think the Coordinator hiring process will be more entertaining than the HC hiring process. I mean, 3 coaches hired, and 2-3 names floated for OC/DC between them. Can’t coach everywhere. This is a solid hire. I’d rather ask “who?” than deal with what we have for the past 2 seasons. Now bring that Jim Johnson heat, you’ll warm our chilled hearts.

  15. mandings36 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:49 PM

    dare i say it? Kirk Cousins may be the answer if he takes the job?

  16. factschecker says: Jan 11, 2017 3:53 PM

    I don’t care. Never cared for it, but there is never a HC interview/hire story where it isn’t mentioned.
    This article never mentioned it but you did.

  17. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Jan 11, 2017 4:06 PM

    this is a crap hire….. just my 2 cents

  18. YanksBills says: Jan 11, 2017 4:08 PM

    A defensive minded HC is a good step in fixing our talented and terrible defense, but I’d sure like some help with our passing offense.

  19. maust1013 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:12 PM

    Hopefully it works out to be a good hire since good competition makes the division more entertaining. That front office though…

  20. futures44 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:14 PM

    Once again ESPN was wrong with this hire. Along with the Broncos not hiring Shanahan. ESPN 0 for 2.

  21. 6ball says: Jan 11, 2017 4:15 PM

    I guess that the one game audition afforded Anthony Lynn didn’t go so well.

  22. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2017 4:16 PM

    This probably makes the most logical sense. Brady is the dominant force in that division, and the only thing that gives him problems is a potent pass rush. It’s worth a try to see if you can find someone to duplicate what Spagnulo did with the Giants en route to beating them in that first NY vs. New England Super Bowl. Schwartz had them on their way, so I’m surprised he never got a sniff, but if McDermott can find a way to get them back trending that way after the 2 lost years under Ryan, then they’ll be headed in the right direction. Also, it shows yet again that beat writers and the information people who claim to know everything are idiots since everyone knew 99% that this was Anthony Lynn’s job a week ago.

  23. 667s650w says: Jan 11, 2017 4:20 PM

    The Carolina Panthers defense was ranked 21st in 2016 and the Bills (under Ryan) were ranked 19th.

    Expecting McDermott to come in and “fix” the defense is a tall order IMHO, unless the Bills front office can bring in the right players.

    I just don’t trust the Bills front office. It is a dysfunctional mess second only to Cleveland 🙂

  24. sdcharger123 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:24 PM

    I really hope the Chargers are waiting for their guy due to the playoffs, and aren’t consistently whiffing on HCs…

  25. duffelbagsports says: Jan 11, 2017 4:37 PM

    Thanks Anthony, Rooney Rule satisfied

  26. npadln says: Jan 11, 2017 4:47 PM

    Oh look, Bills hired Doug Marrone again. No? Are we sure?

  27. joecoz17 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:48 PM

    @12coltsfan not as much as a punchline as having an Elite QB in luck and sucking. 3rd in the AFC south really???

  28. TheDPR says: Jan 11, 2017 4:55 PM

    Solid young coaching prospect. If he survives the Pegulas and Doug Whaley with his reputation intact he should be fairly successful in future coaching jobs.

  29. badmoonrison says: Jan 11, 2017 6:10 PM

    Its gonna take more than a new coach to fix that mess. That franchise has been cursed since they lost all those superbowls in a row. The only good thing about that town is the wings.

  30. snake11s says: Jan 11, 2017 7:18 PM

    No QB, first time head coach…Belecik and Brady can circle two wins on the calender right now.

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