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Sean McDermott: Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator Reportedly Fired

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)
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Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 15, 2011

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

McDermott, in his second year as the team's coordinator, saw his squad allow 377 points and turn in the worst red-zone defense by any NFL team since 1988.

The team allowed 24 points or more 11 times, ranking 22nd in the NFL in scoring defense.

In the wild-card loss to the Green Bay Packers, the defense allowed "only" 21 points, but little-used James Starks ran all over the Eagles for 123 yards on 23 carries. Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns and faced minimal pressure the whole game.

Head coach Andy Reid announced a few days ago that McDermott was the guy for next season, but apparently that is not the case.

I'm a little annoyed at Reid for continually going back on his word (Monday: Kolb is the guy. Tuesday: It's Vick.), but I am thrilled that McDermott is gone.

I had the pleasure of interviewing McDermott last year for a school paper, and he is really a fantastic guy. It's just a shame he couldn't do anything with our defense, this year or last year.

I wrote yesterday that the Eagles should allow Dick Jauron to leave to take the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator position, demoting McDermott to defensive backs coach. And I thought they should hire Mike Singletary as the new defensive coordinator.

McDermott wasn't demoted, but I am thrilled that he is gone.

The Eagles have not yet announced a replacement for McDermott.

 

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