Panthers players say no distraction with McDermott interviewing for Redskins


The Panthers are preparing for their first playoff game in five years, but their game in the Divisional Round isn’t the only thing on the radar for one member of the organization.

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is slated for an interview with the Redskins for their head coaching job and he addressed that interview with his players on Wednesday. Coach Ron Rivera said the team would work to minimize any distraction involved with McDermott interviewing for another job while doing his own and several Panthers players, including cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, said that McDermott’s interview won’t keep them from the task at hand.

“He came out and let us know we’re his family, but he will be taking an interview this week with [Washington],” Munnerlyn said, via the Charlotte Observer. “You got to respect that. Every assistant coach, it’s their dream to be the head coach one day and that’s what he wants to do. He came out and said it, and the whole group respects him. It won’t be a distraction. We still got one goal, and the goal is to win the Super Bowl. His heart is still with us.”

With more than a week to go before they play and their opponent still unknown, Rivera stressed there was enough time for preparation to take care of McDermott’s interview without anything being affected. That’s certainly been the case for other teams with assistants who have interviewed for jobs during their bye week and the Panthers’ chances of advancing will be predicated on more than Washington’s interest in speaking to McDermott.