Sean McDermott
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Sean McDermott
Sean McDermott
Buffalo Bills
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 43)
Omaha, Nebraska
Career information
High school: La Salle College (PA)
College: William & Mary
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 9-7 (.563)
Postseason: 0-1 (.000)
Career: 9-8 (.529)
Coaching stats at PFR

Sean McDermott (born March 21, 1974) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL).

Early years

McDermott is a 1993 graduate of La Salle College High School, where he was named All-Southeastern Pennsylvania at defensive back in 1992. He was also a national prep champion wrestler in both 1992 and 1993. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in finance while at the College of William and Mary, where he was an all-conference safety (1997), and also receiving Academic all-conference honors in 1996 and 1997, and NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-America accolades.

Coaching career

Philadelphia Eagles

McDermott originally joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998 as a scouting administrative coordinator, a position he held until being promoted to assistant to 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, as Spagnuolo was assigned linebackers coach. 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 2007, McDermott was assigned linebackers coach, after Spagnuolo had left to take the defensive coordinator job for the New York Giants. On January 28, 2008, Eagles head coach Andy Reid named McDermott as the secondary coach again.

On May 18, 2009, McDermott was named the interim defensive coordinator as a result of defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's medical leave of absence. On July 24, 2009, due to the continuing decline of Johnson, the Eagles announced McDermott would take over as full-time defensive coordinator.[1] Johnson died on July 28, 2009. McDermott implemented a variety of blitzes in his defense, thanks in part to his mentor, former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

McDermott was fired as the defensive coordinator on January 15, 2011.[2]

Carolina Panthers

McDermott was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers on January 17, 2011. He was Pro Football Focus's second runner up to their Defensive Coordinator of the Year award in 2015.[3]

As the Panthers' defensive coordinator, McDermott lead the team to finishes in the top ten in overall defense from 2012-2015.

In the 2015 season, McDermott and the Panthers reached Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7, 2016. His defense only gave up one offensive touchdown in the game, but the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24-10.[4]

Buffalo Bills

On January 11, 2017, McDermott was hired by the Buffalo Bills as the 22nd head coach in franchise history.[5]

On September 10, 2017, McDermott won his NFL head coaching debut in the season opening 21-12 victory over the New York Jets.[6]

After Buffalo lost in Week 2 to the Carolina Panthers, McDermott led the Bills to 4 more wins in the next 5 games, including a win against the Atlanta Falcons, who were the defending NFC champions. However, they lost the next two games, including a 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints and McDermott made the controversial decision to bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie backup Nathan Peterman. Peterman played poorly against the Los Angeles Chargers in his first career start, throwing 5 interceptions in the first half. Taylor played the entire second half of a 54-24 loss, dropping them to 5-5.

McDermott led the Bills to their first playoff appearance in 17 years, ending the longest active playoff drought in the NFL during his first year as head coach.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BUF 2017 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Jacksonville Jaguars in AFC Wild Card Game
Total 9 7 0 .563 0 1 .000

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom McDermott has served:


External links

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