Saturday, January 15, 2011

Eagles send Sean McDermott packing

Two years ago, Eagles defensive backs coach Sean McDermott was promoted to the position of defensive coordinator, due to the serious health issues of Jim Johnson, who later would succumb to cancer.
Less than a week after the Eagles’ season ended in the playoffs, McDermott has been fired, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Hints of trouble for McDermott came when coach Andy Reid became more involved in the defense.  In late October, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said that McDermott could soon be out.
“There is no question about that,” Paolantonio said.  “I don’t know how much input Dick Jauron has in the defensive game plan, I’m sure he has quite a bit, but eventually they may have to make a switch there.”
Some criticized Paolantonio for suggesting that Reid would fire McDermott.  (We suggest that Paolantonio not hold his breath in anticipation of any apologies.)
The move comes at a time when Eagles assistant Dick Jauron is drawing interest in Cleveland.  Reid possibly realizes that the time has come to bump Jauron up.  To do so, Reid first had to bump McDermott out.

author:  Mike Florio

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