The Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott after two seasons on the job. As of now there has been no replacement named. McDermott was promoted to defensive coordinator when the late Jim Johnson was suffering from cancer and no longer able to coach.
“I’m really surprised because I didn’t expect that to happen,” Eagles safety Quintin Mikell said in a text message to the Philly Inquirer. “I don’t know how to take it.”
Defensive backs coach Dick Jauron, who the Eagles granted permission to the Browns to interview for their vacant defensive coordinator position, is a candidate, according to a team source. The Eagles are expected, though, to interview a number of other possible replacements. There are a number of former defensive coordinators looking for jobs, including ex-Browns coach Rob Ryan and former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.
McDermott worked under Johnson for most of his time with the Eagles. He used his aggressive style of blitzing, but his approach was different in many other ways.
The Eagles defense this season allowed a franchise-worst 31 passing touchdowns and had the worst red zone efficiency in the NFL since 1998.
“That’s business,” Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp said when contacted. “Honestly, the last I heard he was coming back. Yeah, I’m disappointed. You work with a guy all year long you get to like him. But this is the business we work in.”