Bills Close To Hiring Sean McDermott As HC

The Bills are “zeroed in” on Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who is now the leading contender for Buffalo’s head coaching position, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News (Twitter link). A deal between the two sides could be finalized in the coming days, per Carucci. Meanwhile, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports (Twitter link) that while there are “positive talks” between McDermott and the Bills, the parties still have “issues to sort out” before a contract is signed.Sean McDermott (Vertical)

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From the moment previous head coach Rex Ryan was fired, offensive coordinator/interim head coach Anthony Lynn was viewed as the top candidate to take the reins in Buffalo. However, buzz has been building around McDermott in recent days, and reports earlier today indicated that Bills ownership was especially taken with the Carolina play-caller. Buffalo’s coaching search has been especially concise, as the club has only conducted interviews with Lynn, Harold Goodwin, and Kris Richard in addition to McDermott.

McDermott, meanwhile, has had a full schedule during this offseason’s hiring cycle, as he’s already conducted two interviews with the Chargers and one with the 49ers. McDermott’s name also came up during head coaching searches in 2016, as he met with the Browns, Buccaneers, and Eagles, and was linked to the Giants.

The 42-year-old McDermott has coordinated Carolina’s defense since the 2011 campaign, and helped lead a unit that ranked second in DVOA in 2015 as the Panthers raced through the NFC playoffs en route to a Super Bowl appearance. This year, Carolina’s defense slipped to 10th in DVOA, but did lead the league in sacks. Prior to joining the Panthers, McDermott was the Eagles’ DC from 2009-10, and worked in a variety of roles with Philadelphia for a decade prior.

If the Bills do indeed come to terms with McDermott, four clubs — the Chargers, Rams, Broncos, and 49ers — will still be involved in the head coaching hunt.

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6 comments on “Bills Close To Hiring Sean McDermott As HC

  1. Thronson5

    All this time I thought they’d for sure they’d promote Lynn. So far I’ve been wrong with the Bills and the Jags. I was predicting the 9ers to hire McDaniels, Broncos to hire Kyle Shanahan and the Rams to hire Vance Joseph. Let’s see how many more I get wrong lol

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  2. Clark

    I don’t understand why any coach would want to coach the Bills. They’re the worst option out of all teams, they’re a joke of a team! There’s really only 3 good players on the team, Watkins, Ragland, Lawson and all 3 were injured so there’s no telling how well they’ll play next season

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    • jsaldi

      I agree and until the bills get a decent qb they will continue to flounder

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      • Thronson5

        Yea I think you’re forgetting about McCoy..you know..one of the best backs in the league!?

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