McDermott: A Good Look

Dan BandekowContributor IJune 12, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott directs the defense  against the Dallas Cowboys November 14, 2005 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 21 - 20.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Jim Johnson, granted a leave of absence due to his treatments for cancer, put secondary coach Sean McDermott in charge to coach the defense in the interim.  Welcome, Sean.

So, what do we know about this new Defensive Coordinator?

McDermott originally joined the Eagles in 1998 as a scouting administrative coordinator, a position held until being upped to assistant by the head coach in 1999. He then became defensive quality control coach and later assistant defensive backs coach. In 2003 he replaced Steve Spagnuolo as defensive backs coach drawing on his experience as a safety while attending the College of William and Mary.

In 2004, McDermott saw both of his starting safeties (Brian Dawkins and Michael Lewis) earn Pro Bowl berths for the first time in team history. Under McDermott’s watch, Dawkins went on to earn two more Pro Bowl berths following the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In addition, McDermott has been credited with the development of Eagles' S, Quintin Mikell.

Needless to say, he is currently considered among the most promising young defensive coaches in the NFL, Sean reportedly drew interest for the defensive coordinator jobs of the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers. He is also considered the leading coach to replace Jim Johnson as Eagles defensive coordinator if Johnson is unable to return.

Now that the history lesson is over, what does this all mean?

Well, he has been here for 11 years, so it is safe to say he knows the system like he knows the way home.  This means he should be able to game plan opposing offense and have a good feel for what plays to call and when.  He’s still young, so he should be able to relate well with the new young players, also being here 11 years doesn’t hurt when it comes to trust with the veterans.

I think Sean will do fine, the most important factor will be having some early success with the offense.  If Andy and Marty can get No. 5 off to a hot start, the pressure will be off McDemott and he can just concentrate on each weeks opponent, while the learning curve from Secondary Coach to Defensive Coordinator takes place.

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