Posted December 31, 2013

Redskins to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott

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The 39-year-old Sean McDermott has never held a head coaching position in the NFL. (Charlotte Observer/Getty Images)

The 39-year-old Sean McDermott has never held a head coaching position in the NFL. (Charlotte Observer/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins will interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott in Chatlotte this weekend during Carolina’s bye week, according to a tweet Tuesday from Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. 

The 39-year-old, who helped the Panthers capture the NFC South on Sunday, has never held a head coaching position in the NFL but Washington will look to him as a possible replacement to Mike Shanahan, who was fired this week after a 24-41 record since joining the Redskins in 2010.

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McDermott orchestrated the Panthers’ second-ranked defense in the league this season and is reportedly one of several candidates the Redskins have reached out to so far; according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Stanford head coach David Shaw has also reportedly been approached by Washington. The Redskins are also looking to tap into the talent of the Cincinnati Bengals, who play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will also be considered for the position, as will former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is also reportedly in the running to replace Shanahan, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Redskins finished the season 3-13 and fourth in the NFC East.

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3 comments
Perry E
Perry E

Washington will have a very hard time finding a decent coach. Cleveland is in the same boat. The level of dysfunction has reached such a level in these two clubhouses that coaches are going to avoid them like the plague. Sure, there will be some desperate or foolhardy individual who thinks he can "turn it around" and will take the reigns. 

Washington, even with the draw of raw talent like RGIII is going to squander his talent by bringing in some mediocre defensive coordinator who has NO HEAD COACHING experience to try to fix this team? It just goes to show you that Snyder and Allen have themselves in a cranial-rectal loop beyond belief!!! 

As for Cleveland, I would suggest searching the local high schools to find someone who may be dumb enough to step into that asylum. Washington is not far behind, but Snyder is stupid enough to pay big money to lure someone who has "some" credibility and at least has worked at a Coordinator level on some team. 

If you wonder why your team is always near the bottom of the division, you need not look anywhere but at your team owner... 

Maybe if attendance gets so low, he is no longer making money, you will get lucky and they will sell the franchise. It will take years to convince them to let go of their pet, but it will certainly be better than trying to await a decent team under bad ownership....

RichardESpurr
RichardESpurr

IT IS THE PLAYOFF'S AND ALL GAMES SHOULD BE ON TELEVISION AS THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT CAN'T AFFORD THE PRICES FOR TICKETS AND OR UNABLE TO ATTEND THE GAMES.THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH SPORTS NOW DAYS AS THEY THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD TICKETS TO WATCH THEM.I THINK IT IS JUST A MONEY MARKET.WHY DON'T THEY JUST TAKE ALL SPORTS OFF TV SINCE THEY NEED THE MONEY FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO THE GAMES.I THINK IT IS STUPID MYSELF.

JeffDowdy
JeffDowdy

@RichardESpurr Do you see the key on the left side of your keyboard labeled "Caps Lock"?  Please click once and once only.