The Eagles have parted ways with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson. Philadelphia’s defense finished the regular season 12th in the NFL in yards allowed, but was 11th worst in points allowed thanks to frequent red zone struggles. McDermott was in just his second year as defensive coordinator after taking over for Jim Johnson on an interim basis in May of 2009, then took over in full after Johnson died of cancer.
Andy Reid gave his final press conference of the season on Monday and was asked whether McDermott would be back next year.
“Yeah,” Reid said.
The Eagles head coach was also asked to evaluate the job McDermott had done.
“Well I would tell you you’re dealing with a guy that’s a tremendous worker and is a very smart individual,” Reid said. “And so I look at it a little bit different than what you do in that I’ve seen him work with young guys, I’ve seen him work through injuries, I’ve seen him stay positive through those situations and still put us in a position to win football games and knowing that he’s going to do nothing but improve as a coach, just like all of us, with experience. And so, I have a lot of respect for him and the way that he does business.”