Tag:Sean McDermott
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:56 pm

Andy Reid won't back off the wide-nine scheme

Juan Castillo has struggled to get Philadelphia's defense playing well this year (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It still boggles the mind that after firing defensive coordinator Sean McDermott after last season, Eagles coach Andy Reid moved offensive line coach Juan Castillo to McDermott’s old spot. And it’s been kind of fun to point out the inadequacy (so far) of that move, considering Philadelphia’s defense -- even with highly-regarded new acquisitions like Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie -- has been underwhelming this year.

Try tied for 26th in the NFL with 26.4 points allowed per game.

But the Philadelphia Inquirer has an interesting theory why Castillo might have been Reid’s only choice: basically, it states that, since Reid was so intent on implementing a new wide-nine* defense, other defensive coordinator candidates who would have had to do Reid’s biding in playing with that defense might have balked at the idea and said no thanks.

*This is the scheme where the defensive ends are split out wide, on the outside of the opponent’s tight end, and their goal is to disrupt the pocket with speed rather than trying to move offensive tackles with strength or footwork.

“What probably happened as the Eagles defensive coordinator search turned farcical was that interviewed candidates balked at the idea of coming aboard with the stipulation that the wide nine would be used here -- take it or leave it,” writes Jeff McLane. “There aren't many coaches that use it, although it has been around in one form or other for many years.

So that left Juan Castillo. And, well, Castillo would do whatever Reid and (defensive line coach Jim) Washburn wanted. He was an offensive line coach wishing to become a defensive coordinator. Castillo would have agreed to the wide nineteen.”

As McLane suggests, Washburn might have been another obstacle. Reid hired the well-respected Washburn away from Tennessee specifically so he could help install the wide-nine. This was before Reid had even hired a defensive coordinator. Considering Washburn was on to stay no matter what, that also would have taken away from a new coordinator’s autonomy in hiring the coaches he wanted.

While Babin and defensive end Trent Cole have performed well split out wide, the linebackers have done a poor job of tackling, leading to the benching of Casey Matthews and safety Kurt Coleman. But the real problem, the newspaper writes, is that Reid has not given Castillo the appropriate parts to play successfully with the wide-nine.

Yet, Reid told reporters this week that he’s sticking with the wide-nine, because he’s saying that it worked. For proof, he points to the second half of last Sunday’s Buffalo game when the Bills were held to a field goal for the rest of the game after starting the second half with an 80-yard touchdown drive.

"You obviously saw it work in the second half very effectively," Reid said. "We've just got to continue to work with it. Listen, anything new you've got to work with and work out the wrinkles and get it right."

"Players, they have to learn it, coaches have to learn it, particularly the new coaches. So it's a joint effort there."

Yes, but if the Eagles don’t improve -- they are, after all, a stunning 1-4 -- it might not be Reid’s call after this season. Because Reid is not 100 percent certain to survive if Philadelphia’s wide-nine doesn’t start producing better results relatively soon.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:03 am

With Achilles injury, Beason would do same thing

BeasonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With Panthers linebacker Jon Beason out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, there’s been some talk that perhaps Beason came back too quickly after Achilles heel surgery a few weeks ago.

“He was going 100 miles an hour when he went down," Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Monday. "It's just a shame thing. It's a freak thing.”

Well, it’s not really a “freak thing,” is it? He, after all, did have surgery a few weeks ago, and some have pointed to his consecutive games streak (64 games) as the main reason the Panthers might have rushed him back too soon. But remember, he also signed a five-year, $52 million the day before training camp, so that figure might have been in the back of his head as well.

Luckily, Beason, through this blog post, lets us know exactly what he was thinking about both Achilles injuries.

Writes Beason:

One of my favorite quotes is from Martin Luther King, who said, “A man is not fit to live if he hasn’t found something that he’ll die for.” Obviously, it’s not on the same scale, but I think everyone should have something in their life that is vital to them.

If I had to do it all over again, and go into that game with my Achilles injury, I would. Because football defines who I am. Sometimes you have to do something that you’ve never done to get something you’ve never had. The motivating factor is simple for me. To win, and not fear failure.

These setbacks and obstacles are all a part of it. Nothing worth attaining comes easy, and I know that. I’m convinced I did everything in my power to play the game I love. That’s why today I can’t say I’m mad or upset, because I went at it with everything I had just to contribute for the team.

A lot of people say, hey, he rushed back too soon. But actually, I didn’t. I told my teammates and myself that I would only play if I could help the team. I felt ready to do that. Myself and the Panthers’ medical staff were convinced that I was healthy enough to play in the opener versus the Cardinals.

Either way, he’s done for the year, and the Panthers -- whether or not it’s their fault -- aren’t quite as good in the linebacker corps as they were before.

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:22 pm

Jim Mora withdraws from Philly, Denver jobs

Posted by Will Brinson

Jim Mora, Jr., emerged as a candidate for several defensive coordinator positions in the NFL over the past few weeks -- specifically, it seemed as if the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles were interested in his services and likely made offers to the former Falcons and Seahawks coach.

However, Mora's withdrawn his name for consideration for both of the jobs and will remain with the NFL Network.

"While I appreciate the opportunities presented by Denver and Philadelphia, at this time it’s just not the right fit," Mora told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

It seems odd that Mora wouldn't want to get back into coaching right away, but there are a couple of factors to consider here.

With the Eagles, Sean McDermott was canned from the Philly gig because of "Jim Johnson's shadow" but there's a case to be didn't necessarily fail given the personnel he had. In Denver, Mora would be working with a defense in flux that's run by a coach (John Fox) who's defensive-minded, meaning Mora might not get as much control there as he'd like. And maybe Mora thinks the labor situation could create problems with preparing his team for the 2011 season.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 6:54 pm

Report: Mora a candidate for Eagles DC job

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Jim Mora could be the next defensive coordinator for the Eagles.

After Will wrote about coach Andy Reid firing former coordinator Sean McDermott, the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Reid and Mora have spoken about the vacancy.

Mora – who’s been working at the NFL Network this season – apparently would be interested in the job, but it has not been offered yet.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:08 pm

Singletary, McDermott drawing lots of interest

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.
Posted on: January 15, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 6:46 pm

Eagles fire defensive coordinator Sean McDermott

Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Reid spent a good deal of time after his season ended detailing how much he wanted his two quarterbacks (Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb) and his coaching staff to return.

However, the Eagles have fired Sean McDermott as defensive coordinator, according to the team's official Twitter feed.  The decision to fire McDermott, as first reported from Chris Mortensen's of ESPN, is fairly shocking, because McDermott was one of the people listed in Reid's "want them back" speech after the Eagles bowed out against the Packers in the wild-card round. 

However, McDermott's defense didn't exactly impress in 2010 -- the Eagles allowed a franchise-high 31 passing touchdowns (they finished 21st in the NFL in points allowed and 12th in yards allowed defensively) and struggled mightily to stop teams in the red zone.

Mortensen also reports that the team hasn't made a public announcement about McDermott's firing "in hopes of allowing him to find another job."

McDermott stepped up and the defensive reigns after Jim Johnson, the long-time Philly DC, who died from cancer in the summer of 2009.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:40 am

Hot Routes 10.28.10: Why not try Kabletown?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Jets owner Woody Johnson is trying to solve the Cablevision/Fox conundrum so New York's fans can, you know, actually watch the game. Yeah, good luck with that, Woody. By the way, the title of this post is in homage to 30 Rock. Kabletown doesn't actually exist. Or does it?

- George Atallah, the NFL Players Association’s assistant director of external affairs, plays off the Cablevision/Fox fight and says it’s similar to where the NFL owners and NFLPA labor dispute is headed.

- Tremendous news for a guy down on his luck. Seahawks RB Stafon Johnson – who had the whole crushed larynx thing last year and the terrible leg injury/reconstructive surgery in the preseason – is possibly only a few weeks away from beginning to run.

- Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that the officials blew the Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe touchdown catch/reversal from last Sunday. Yet, Vikings coach Brad Childress’ $35,000 fine will stand. No reversal on that.

- Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott might be in some trouble. With his job. Not with the law or anything.

- Armando Salguero thinks Sean Smith should be starting at CB instead of Jason Allen. He might get his wish this week.

- Cardinals QB Max Hall thinks he can be so much better than he played last week when he went (gasp) 4 for 16 for 36 yards and a pick. Arizona hopes so. Sounds like Hall is going to start this week, despite suffering a concussion last Sunday.

- Here’s how Cowboys WR Miles Austin is trying to correct his “drops” problem. By focusing more. That's a pretty good idea.

- Tampa Bay’s Cody Grimm will face off this week against his father, Russ Grimm. Well, Russ Grimm won’t be playing. He’s a coach now for the Cardinals. Hopefully, though, Cody can score a free dinner off his old man.

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