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Singletary, McDermott drawing lots of interest

Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:08 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary and Sean McDermott were both fired fairly unceremoniously after their team's seasons were (effectively) over. But they don't appear to be hurting for work too badly -- multiple reports Sunday indicate that the two defensive specialists should find a job in 2011 pretty easily. 

And both gentlemen are in the mix to be a part of Ron Rivera's defensive crew in Carolina, apparently. Singletary as linebackers coach and McDermott as defensive coordinator.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that linebackers coach Richard Smith will leave the Panthers (insomuch that he's still there anyway) and join John Fox in Denver.

Singletary, LaCanfora reports, is a possible candidate to replace Smith. The ex-Niners coach played with Rivera on the Bears, but he also played with Leslie Frazier there. And both Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune and Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer noted on Twitter that they believe the Vikings are still in the lead to land Singletary. (Which, if you're a Panthers fan, is a shame, because Singletary getting a hold of Jon Beason, Dan Connor and James Anderson might equate to some stupid good production; see: Patrick Willis.)

McDermott is expected to get a look for the Panthers DC gig as well as with, ironically enough, Fox in Denver as the defensive coordinator. McDermott once interviewed for the Broncos' head coaching job, interestingly.

That's according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN who reports that Andy Reid informed McDermott (when he let him go from Philly) that the legend of Jim Johnson was "too large."

It's a shame, of course, since McDermott had been with the Eagles since 1998, gradually rising up the ranks of the coaching staff. In his time there, he worked with Rivera, who was linebackers coach with the Eagles from 1999-2003.
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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Singletary, McDermott drawing lots of interest

I agree Iggle65. I had been waiting all season for the Eagles D to have that signature performance. McDermott had ample oppurtunity down the stretch to put his stamp on the season and let the league know this team was more than just an offensive juggernaut. The Eagles of 2010 can be summed up in one word...Vick. They would have gone no better than 8-8 (if that) without him. I like Kolb andhe deserves his fair shot. But the Cowboys game was tought to watch, even though he was surrounded by backups.
The play of the defense in the redzone was atrocious and inexplicable. McDermott had to go. I wish him luck in whatever job he lands.
The Birds should seriously consider getting Rob Ryan if he hasnt sign with Dallas. Who knows, maybe we can go with a 3-4 and stand up Trent Cole like the Boys do with Ware. Maybe then our smallish DE's can stand up and get some pressure off the edges. If you resign Stweart Bradley, you'll have him and Jamar Chaney in the middle. Chaney's proven he can play in this league.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Singletary, McDermott drawing lots of interest

Many have commented that McDermott had little to work with and lots of injuries - all true.  However, the shoes of Jim Johnson were too large for McDermott to fill.  Also, there were years that Johnson had to make adjustments due to injuries and/or lack of talent as well.  Jim Johnson's defenses NEVER wilted or played soft in the red zone like McDermott's.  Watching last week's playoff game was painful - KNOWING the Packers were going to get touchdowns when they got inside our 20 yard line.  Even then, McDermott let his defense sit back and play soft, giving Aaron Rodgers plenty of time to make his reads and pick the defense apart.  Jim Johnson would have dialed up some blitzes off the edge, and if he went down, he would have went down swinging.


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