Sean McDermott’s Job is Not on the Line, Yet

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There has been a ton of speculation about whether or not Sean McDermott is on the hot seat after the Eagles' secondary got torched in the second half of Sunday’s game.

Andy Reid defended McDermott, at least publicly.  [Philly Sports Daily]

“I’ll tell you what, I thought Sean had a heck of a game plan, man. Doggone, that’s a good football team right there.  For three quarters, we had it right there.  I thought he put together a good game plan. I thought the guys executed, they were fired up and flying around.”

Doggone, they may have been flying around, but they couldn’t have covered a bandwagon Phillies fan with an Ill shirt on Sunday (HEYYO!)

Tim McManus compares McDermott’s pass defense to his predecessor’s.  Everyone assumed that McDermott would be a genius because he studied under Jim Johnson.  That’s turning out to not be the case, folks.

Passing Touchdowns allowed

2010 (through seven games) 13

2009           27
2008           19
2007           16
2006           17
2005           24
2004           16
2003           17
2002           18
2001           13

More solid breakdown over at PSD.

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3 Responses

  1. makes you really wonder why the eagles didn’t hire a top flight defensive co-ordinator when jim johnson passed away

  2. Well I know this is going to sound wrong, and I really mean no disrespect to the great Jim Johnson, but if he had passed a little earlier, we may be in a better situation right now, because Harbaugh or even Spagnuolo might be the coordinator now.
    I would love if McDermott could go back to one of his former jobs, because I think he did them pretty well, but with Jauron and April, two of the best at their jobs in the league, there really wouldn’t be any space for him. So I would hire a new D-coordinator from outside the organization in the offseason, and let McDermott become an above-average secondary coach somewhere else.

  3. I wish people would give the guy a chance. His defense hasn’t been good against the pass, but they have Ellis freaking Hobbs starting at corner and a rookie playing at safety above him. Nate Allen will be a very good player in this league for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean he’s gonna take great angles and make great decisions TODAY.
    Furthermore, the team has both been getting to the quarterback consistently this season and they’re one of the best teams in the league in the past few weeks at not only stopping the run, but stopping the run against great runningbacks (MJD, Gore, Johnson, etc).
    Sean knows what he’s doing. He has yet to coach a defense that is of the caliber that Jim Johnson coached in his best years (01, 03, 04, 06 post-McNabb injury, 07 pre-Kearse injury, 08). Remember, two years ago we were talking about having the deepest secondary in the league, and now we have one of the thinnest secondaries in recent memory. That’s not Sean’s fault.

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