Eagles Fire Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermottCoaching Staff, Eagles, News Saturday, January 15th, 2011
Philly.com has just reported that Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has been fired. This an amazing report if indeed it is true. Of course we’ve all heard a great deal of criticism for McDermott after the Eagles defense had one of the worst red zone percentages in three decades.
McDermott took over as a defensive coordinator two years ago when his mentor and former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson died of cancer.
The defense was 12th in the league in yardage allowed but they were 21st in points allowed. Reid was asked about McDermott’s standing right after their season was ended by the Packers and the head coach said McDermott was going to return.
“You’re dealing with a guy that’s a tremendous worker and is a very smart individual,” Reid said. “And so I look at it a little bit different than what you do in that I’ve seen him work with young guys, I’ve seen him work through injuries, I’ve seen him stay positive through those situations and still put us in a position to win football games.”
Something obviously has changed in Reid’s thinking. I wonder what was happening in the discussion regarding whether the problem with the defense was the scheme or the talent.
I did learn that they weren’t happy in the front office with McDermott making the coverages so complicated that some of the younger players weren’t able to play. Cornerback Trevard Lindley was one of the young players who was kept off the field because of McDermott’s complicated schemes.
I also had heard that they didn’t like the way McDermott would have some of their best pass rushers dropping into coverage. This was not looked upon fondly. Pro Bowl Trent Cole voiced some displeasure with the way he was being used.
I think this firing says that Andy Reid doesn’t have the power in the organization that he’s had in the past.
What do you think about his firing?
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