Report: Panthers hire McDermott as defensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 17, 2011 @ 4:48 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

It did not take long for Sean McDermott to find a new home.

Just a couple days after being fired by the Eagles, McDermott will be the new defensive coordinator for the Panthers, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported.

McDermott spent 12 seasons with the Eagles and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009 after the death of Jim Johnson.

In 2010, the Eagles finished 12th in the league in total defense and tied for 21st in points allowed. They played the last few games of the season and their playoff loss to the Packers without defensive starters like DE Brandon Graham, FS Nate Allen and MLB Stewart Bradley, who were out with injuries. 

For the season, the Eagles had the league's worst red-zone defense.

Ron Rivera took over last Thursday as the Panthers' new head coach, replacing John Fox. Rivera is a defensive coach, having been the defensive coordinator in San Diego and Chicago. Rivera coached with McDermott when Rivera served as the Eagles' linebackers coach from 1999-2003.

The way we see it

Rivera has four years of experience working with McDermott, likely one of the reasons he acted so quickly to bring McDermott to Carolina. McDermott also was rumored to be in the running to be John Fox's defensive coordinator in Denver, but his relationship with Rivera might have been a deciding factor. Rivera plans to run a 4-3 defense with the Panthers with more blitzing than the team has seen in past years.