Saturday, January 15, 2011

Eagles fire Sean McDermott; enter Dick Jauron?

Just a few days ago, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was going to stay with the team for another season. Apparently Andy completely changed his mind (or he was lying), because the Eagles announced today that they have fired McDermott.

McDermott has been with the Eagles since 1998 and spent two years as the Eagles defensive coordinator after taking over for the late Jim Johnson in 2009. He did an adequate job with the defense as he tried to stick to the same formula that Johnson successfully used for several years. After their defensive failures in the red zone this season and their inability to stop the run in the playoffs, however, McDermott had to know that his chances of retaining his job would be slim.

As for who will replace McDermott, the smart money is on current Eagles secondary coach Dick Jauron. With the Browns reportedly looking to hire Jauron to be their defensive coordinator, the Eagles probably have to promote him if they want to keep him around.

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