Sean McDermott

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Sean McDermott
Carolina Panthers
Date of birth (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Omaha, Nebraska
Career information
Status Active
Position(s) Defensive coordinator
College William and Mary
Career history
As coach
1998 William and Mary (Graduate Assistant)
1999-2000 Philadelphia Eagles (Scouting Administrative Coordinator)
2001 Philadelphia Eagles (Assistant to the Head Coach)
2002-03 Philadelphia Eagles (Defensive Assistant/Quality Control)
2004-06 Philadelphia Eagles (Assistant Defensive Backs Coach)
2007 Philadelphia Eagles (Secondary Coach/Safeties)
2008 Philadelphia Eagles (Linebackers Coach)
2009-2010 Philadelphia Eagles (Secondary Coach)
2009-2010 Philadelphia Eagles (Defensive Coordinator)
2011–present Carolina Panthers (Defensive Coordinator)

Sean McDermott (born March 21, 1974) is an American football defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He served as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009–2010, a position he took over shortly before his predecessor, Jim Johnson, died of cancer. Considered one of the most promising young defensive coaches in the National Football League, McDermott reportedly drew interest for the defensive coordinator jobs of the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers before his promotion with the Eagles.[1] He was fired by the Eagles on January 15, 2011 following the 2010 season.

Early years[edit]

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. Sean played safety alongside future All-Pro NFL safety Darren Sharper.

Coaching career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

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 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. 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[edit]

McDermott was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers on January 17, 2011.


  1. ^ Grotz, Bob (2009-01-13). "McDermott drawing interest from teams". The Mercury. 
  2. ^ La Canfora, Jason (January 15, 2011). "Eagles fire defensive coordinator McDermott". Retrieved 2011-01-15. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Leslie Frazier
Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach
Succeeded by
John Harbaugh
Preceded by
Steve Spagnuolo
Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach
Succeeded by
Bill Shuey
Preceded by
John Harbaugh
Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach
Succeeded by
Brian Stewart
Preceded by
Jim Johnson
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Juan Castillo
Preceded by
Ron Meeks
Carolina Panthers Defensive coordinator
Succeeded by