Brinson: Getting Sean McDermott should be "thrilling prospect" for Bills fans

McDermott, the Panthers' defensive coordinator, was announced as the Bills' new head coach on Wednesday.

McDermott has spent the past six seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, leading a unit that had an impressive turnaround and has had a lot of success. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn was expected to be the favorite to replace Ryan before Lynn moved on to other head-coaching interviews.

The Bills have turned to Sean McDermott to try to end their 17-year playoff drought. Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich also has been linked to the team. "I knew I wanted to coach at an early age", Sean McDermott told CBS Sports, per the Bills' official site.

Buffalo's defense is supremely talented, but it ranked in the middle of the pack in both points and yards allowed in 2016, as Ryan's defensive expertise never seemed to translate to production on the field.

Since then, McDermott has risen through the coaching ranks, spending much of his first decade in the league learning from longtime Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

When the New England Patriots hired Bill Belichick as their head coach in 2000, Wade Phillips was holding the same position for the Buffalo Bills.

Carolina finished 21st in yards allowed, giving up 500-plus yards three times.

Buffalo has not been to the playoffs since 1999. The firm belief is that they can play much better, given the talent now on the roster.

The NFL teams still looking for head coaches are the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.

The hiring of McDermott ends a 15-day process that started when Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn was named interim coach after Ryan's firing on December 27.

"McDermott's strength as a coach right now, without a doubt, is his ability to motivate guys and keep guys tuned into what we're trying to do as a football team and as a defense", Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis said.

McDermott, if he gets the job, plans on bringing in recently fired head coach Mike McCoy as his offensive coordinator.

  • Stacy Allen