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Sean McDermott

Secondary Coach

One of the brightest, young defensive minds in the league, Sean McDermott enters his 10th season in Philadelphia. McDermott was named secondary coach on January 28, 2008, after a successful one-year stint as linebackers coach last season.

"I don't think there are a lot of secondary coaches that are as good as Sean McDermott," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "He was a phenomenal linebackers coach and, really, his versatility I just think is second to none."

The linebacking group flourished under McDermott in 2007 as two youngsters – Omar Gaither (team-leading 170 tackles and 14 hurries) and Chris Gocong (92 tackles, including 7 for a loss) – progressed into full-time starters for the first time in their careers.

From 2004-06, McDermott served as the Eagles secondary/safeties coach. In 2004, he 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 addition, McDermott has been credited with the development of Eagles S Quintin Mikell.

McDermott worked as the Eagles assistant secondary coach in 2003 and as the club's defensive assistant/quality control coach from 2001-02, working with the linebacker position. In all, McDermott is the longest tenured defensive assistant coach under Jim Johnson.

Under McDermott's watch, one of his players (Dawkins twice, Lewis and Gaither) has been the most productive player on defense in four out of the last five years.

McDermott originally joined the Eagles in 1998 as a scouting administrative coordinator, a position he held until being promoted to assistant to the head coach in 1999.

From 1993-97, McDermott was a safety at the College of William and Mary, earning all-conference honors in 1997, Academic all-conference honors in 1996 and 1997, and NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-America accolades. In 1998, he was the recipient of the prestigious Benjamin Ewell Award for his tremendous leadership and excellence on campus and in the community. In the spring of 1998, McDermott began his coaching career at William and Mary.

A 1993 graduate of LaSalle HS, McDermott was named All-Southeastern Pennsylvania at defensive back in 1992. An all-around athlete, he was also a national prep school wrestling champion in his junior and senior year and lettered twice in track.

In 2005, McDermott was named to the Philadelphia Daily News All-Catholic league team for standout players over the last three decades.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, McDermott (born 3/21/74) earned a bachelor degree in finance while at William and Mary. He enjoys exercising, playing golf and is an active member of the Church. He and his wife, Jamie, and their newborn daughter, Madeline, reside in Phoenixville, PA.

their current LBer coach wouldn't be a bad choice either, Bill Shuey.

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Haslett and Fox hate each other. At least they did four years ago.

Won't ever happen.

Worked for the '85 Bears. :)

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The perfect example of a ball-breaker:

BUD FOSTER

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love it but never gona see it happen. college dc straight to nfl dc, has that ever happened. and if people think the chin is vocal.....

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I would rather have youth. McDermott would be my choice.

3-4 or 4-3 we have the talent to do either. We add a few bodies here and there we could make the switch. We are pretty deep at linebacker and Kemo and Johnson are a good start for the D-Line.

Go Panthers

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I don't understand why everybody thinks that Tim Lewis is such a good coach in the first place. Did everybody miss all the secondary mistakes that took place this season, or how his players turned against him when he was the DC in NY?

Here you have a guy who's players have actually called him out by name before (Tim Lewis), and yet Trgovac is the one who's hated like a terrorist around here.

I have been saying this too. Really Im glade he's gone.

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Ron Rivera it is book it... He runs the "Tampa 2", he was promoted mid-season as the San Diego DC. If rumors are true that he is in town, I would think this will be the hire.

"Before becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons as the linebackers coach under one of the most aggressive defensive coordinators in the NFL, Philadelphia’s Jim Johnson."

" In 2005 the Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and ranked second in the NFL in total defense. In Chicago, Rivera and the Bears ran the “Tampa 2 Defense,” a scheme that relies heavily on zone coverage."

Yuck... I don't like the zone thing, but it obviously was working for the Bears when he was there (except against us of course.)

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We aren't going to a 3-4 if for no other reason than that we have probably the best 4-3 MLB in the league right now. Do we need to blitz and get pressure more? Yes...but you can do that out of a 4-3 with the right scheme. Those that want Romeo Crennel you need to remember that Bill Bellicheat primarily runs the defense in New England and that Crennel's defense fell flat on its face every season that he was in Cleveland. Not to mention he coaches a 3-4 not a 4-3 and as long as Fox is the HC we will not be a 3-4. That said...the most obvious choice in my mind and the most logical choice would be McDermott from the Eagles for a few simple reasons

1. Pep is out and this guy knows from JJ how and when to get pressure without a stud DE (in my mind Charles Johnson is a lot like Trent Cole)

2. He is a secondary coach which we need BADLY to help this defense.

3. Maybe the most obvious reason is that he has coached in a 4-3 under maybe the most successful DC in recent memory (outside of LeBeau at Pittsburgh).

Never say never. Im not saying that it will happen and really I dont want it to cause it would prob regress our players this year but its still possible.

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I don't understand why everybody thinks that Tim Lewis is such a good coach in the first place. Did everybody miss all the secondary mistakes that took place this season, or how his players turned against him when he was the DC in NY?

Here you have a guy who's players have actually called him out by name before (Tim Lewis), and yet Trgovac is the one who's hated like a terrorist around here.

Oh I'm glad he's gone, probably more so then trgovac. I wanted both of them gone.

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Ron Rivera it is book it... He runs the "Tampa 2", he was promoted mid-season as the San Diego DC. If rumors are true that he is in town, I would think this will be the hire.

"Before becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons as the linebackers coach under one of the most aggressive defensive coordinators in the NFL, Philadelphia’s Jim Johnson."

" In 2005 the Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and ranked second in the NFL in total defense. In Chicago, Rivera and the Bears ran the “Tampa 2 Defense,” a scheme that relies heavily on zone coverage."

Yuck... I don't like the zone thing, but it obviously was working for the Bears when he was there (except against us of course.)

The post about Rivera being in town was a joke.

Add to that, why would the Chargers let him go unless he isn't under contract and I doubt that.

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Are there any good candidates working under Dick Lebeau in Pittsburgh?

Man - I wish!!

Dick Lebeau is the man in defense! The Steelers are blessed!!

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