Sean McDermott: Why the New Carolina Panthers DC Will Take Them to the Playoffs

January 19, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Philadelphia Eagles fired Sean McDermott after failing to defeat the Green Bay Packers at home in the Wild Card Game. It might have been a mistake.
While the Eagles defense was not perfect by any means, McDermott was thrust into a situation that could have doomed any coordinator. A 36-year-old who was just starting to develop a rapport with the infusion of young players, second-stringers and journeyman that made up most of his defense due to injuries was simply fired as the first reaction to a bitter playoff loss.
The Eagles actually held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to only 21 points in the game; we have seen what he can do to other defenses.
Next season, as the Eagle defense matures and out-performs what they put on the field this year, we will look at it and think Andy Reid was right to get rid of McDermott. Yet, what we will really see is a group of players that developed and grew into actual football players the year after their coordinator started pu...

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