Carolina Panthers Hire Former Eagles Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott

By Bryn Swartz

Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers won just 2 games in 2010 and will receive the first pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

Their defense allowed 408 points last season, which ranked as the 26th best total in the league.

The Eagles fired second-year defensive coordinator Sean McDermott earlier this week, largely based on a red zone defense which ranked as the worst in the NFL since 1988.

The defense allowed 377 points for the season, including 24 or more in 11 games.

Ironically, McDermott’s first game as defensive coordinator came against the Carolina Panthers. In that game, the Eagles held three different Panthers quarterbacks to a combined 14 of 34 for 138 yards and five interceptions. The Eagles forced seven turnovers overall, recorded five sacks, and scored a defensive touchdown.

It was the highlight of McDermott’s career. It’s unfortunate that the rest of his career went downhill.

The Eagles have not hired a new defensive coordinator, although several candidates have emerged.

I would like to see McDermott succeed in Carolina, except for, of course, games against the Eagles.

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