Jan 152011
Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott

Former Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott

By Justin Adkins:

Well that didn’t take long. 

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

The Eagles defense has consistently underperformed since McDermott took over for the late Jim Johnson, especially with defending the red zone.  With the poor level of play the team has shown this move wouldn’t normally be that big of a surprise, but when asked last week if McDermott was returning, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said, “yeah.”

And he didn’t stop there.

“Well I would tell you you’re dealing with a guy that’s a tremendous worker and is a very smart individual,” Reid said about McDermott. “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.”

No announcement has been made regarding McDermott’s replacement.  Eagles secondary coach and former NFL head coach Dick Jauron makes the most sense, though reports are circulating that he’s possibly joining the Cleveland Browns.  Of course, the timing of this move with McDermott means the Eagles are possibly hoping to prevent this from happening by promoting Jauron themselves.

Reid’s handling of this situation is pretty much par for the course at this point.  He’s shown that when he feels like it, he will not only obscure his intentions, he will flat out lie.  He also famously declared that Donovan McNabb would be starting at QB in 2010.  He forgot to mention that he’d be starting for the Redskins (at least part of the time). 

There’s something to be said for competitive advantage, for keeping things in-house and protecting the organization, but it’s hard to maintain respect for a person who so willingly and blatantly lies to the entire fanbase whenever the mood strikes him.  It wouldn’t have been hard to say something like, “Sean will be evaluated like everyone else.”

If next year the Eagles fail yet again to achieve football’s ultimate goal, hopefully someone asks Reid if he himself will be back, and hopefully Reid again says, “yeah.”

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