Sport Report: Panthers DC Sean McDermott agrees to become Bills' head coach

22:50  11 january  2017
22:50  11 january  2017 Source:   FOXSports

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Panthers DC Sean McDermott is the front-runner for the Bills head coaching job, per Vic Carucci of Buffalo News. The Bills could finalize a deal for Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott in the next couple of days, potentially replacing Rex Ryan as the Bills head coach . Anthony Lynn, the Bills interim head coach , had been previously considered to be the front-runner.

The most recent name is a popular one here at BFTB: Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott . NEWS: The San Diego Chargers have requested to meet with Carolina Panthers DC Sean McDermott for their HC job, per sources. When asked about the possibility of McDermott leaving and becoming a head coach Ron Rivera raved about what an amazing leader and coach he is.

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott applauds the defense during an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. The Browns are interviewing Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Jacksonville offensive assistant Doug Marrone for their head coaching job. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) © AP FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott applauds the defense during an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. The Browns are interviewing Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Jacksonville offensive assistant Doug Marrone for their head coaching job. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott applauds the defense during an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. The Browns are interviewing Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Jacksonville offensive assistant Doug Marrone for their head coaching job. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

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Although the Panthers took a step back defensively this year, they were sixth in points and yards allowed as recently as last season, so there’s reason to believe that with the right pieces — which the Bills have — McDermott will be the guy for the Bills . Top Stories. BuffaLowDown 1 d agoBuffalo Bills : Updated 2017 Head Coach Candidates. Bleacher Report 9w agoEric Wood Injury: Updates on Bills Center's Ankle and Return. BuffaLowDown 3 d agoBuffalo Bills : Coin Toss, All-Pro, Carpenter and Rob Ryan.

Panthers DC Sean McDermott , the leader for Bills job, now headed to Buffalo for 2nd HC interview with Bills , as @john_wawrow also reported . True but if your firing Whaley your firing the head coach .

According to CBS Sports and multiple other reports, Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has agreed to become the Bills' next head coach.

McDermott, 42, has spent the last six years as Carolina’s defensive coordinator. Before joining the Panthers, he held the same position with the Eagles from 2009-10.

The Panthers had a terrific defensive season in 2015, ranking sixth in both points and yards allowed while forcing the most turnovers in the NFL on the way to a Super Bowl appearance. They took a step back this season with the departures of Josh Norman, Roman Harper and Charles Tillman, but they were still No. 6 against the run.

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This will be McDermott’s first stint as a head coach in the NFL. Expectations will be high with Buffalo’s last playoff appearance coming in 1999, so there will be a minimal grace period for him. Rex Ryan lasted only two years despite being just one game below .500 (15-16).

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