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Sean McDermott
Defensive Coordinator
College:
William & Mary
Experience:
16

Bio

COACHING
Sean McDermott is in his fourth season as the Panthers' defensive coordinator following a 2013 campaign in which he was named The Sporting News Coordinator of the Year after leading a unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense. In the past two seasons, McDermott has helped Carolina improve its total defense ranking 26 spots, the best by any team in the league.

The Panthers also led the league in sacks while finishing second in scoring defense, second in rushing defense, sixth in passing defense and third in red zone defense. The defense helped propel Carolina to a 12-4 record, an NFC South title and the team's first playoff appearance since 2008.

With McDermott at the helm in 2013, the Panthers defense allowed just 15.1 points per game, its fewest since 1996, and set a team record with an NFL-low 21 touchdowns allowed. The Panthers posted 30 takeaways, tied for sixth in the NFL, and set a team record with four defensive touchdowns.

McDermott's defense featured one of the best front sevens in the NFL. Linebacker Luke Kuechly earned the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award after topping the team with 176 tackles and tying for the team lead with four interceptions. Fellow linebacker Thomas Davis returned to top form following three knee surgeries to set or tie career highs in tackles (151), sacks (four) and interceptions (two). Defensive end Greg Hardy tied a franchise record with 15 sacks to earn Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. Fellow defensive end Charles Johnson added 11 sacks as Hardy and Johnson each finished with double-digit sacks for the second consecutive year.

In addition, the Panthers defense received a number of contributions from young players in 2013, having as many as six rookies on the field at the same time in several situations. Carolina's first two draft choices in 2013, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, earned All-Rookie honors from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Facing stiff competition throughout the 2012 campaign with 11 of 16 games against opponents that finished in the top 15 in the NFL in total offense, including nine in the top 10, Carolina rated 10th in the league in total defense - an 18-spot improvement from 2011. The Panthers ranked in the top 10 in many defensive categories - including sacks, third-down conversion percentage, yards after catch, plays of 20-or-more yards allowed, and negative plays created. Kuechly earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award after leading the league in tackles with a franchise record 205.

In his first year with the Panthers in 2011, McDermott's unit overcame youth and injuries to force key stops and turnovers that contributed to wins in four of the final six games.

McDermott came to Carolina following 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, the last two as defensive coordinator, where he contributed to six division titles, five NFC Championship game appearances and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX. In 2010, McDermott led one of the league's youngest defenses to a playoff appearance, finishing the year ranked in the top-10 in takeaways, sacks and negative play yardage.

During his first season overseeing the Eagles defense in 2009, McDermott overcame a rash of injuries to help lead the team to the playoffs and direct a unit that ranked third in the NFL with 38 takeaways and 44 sacks. Also, Philadelphia stood second in the league in third down defense and fifth in yards per play allowed. As a result of his efforts, McDermott was named the NFL's top defensive coordinator by Pro Football Weekly.

McDermott coached the secondary and linebackers before becoming defensive coordinator, learning all phases of the defensive game plan from the late Jim Johnson, the Eagles' legendary defensive coordinator from 1999-2008.

Tutoring the defensive backs in 2008, McDermott helped the pass defense improve in nearly every statistical category from the previous year, ranking third in the NFL in pass defense and second in net yards per pass play. Two members of the secondary - free safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Asante Samuel - garnered Pro Bowl recognition, while strong safety Quintin Mikell captured second-team All-Pro accolades.

In 2007, McDermott took over the linebackers when Steve Spagnuolo left to become the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

From 2004-06, McDermott served as the Eagles' secondary/safeties coach. In 2004, both starting safeties, Dawkins and strong safety Michael Lewis, went to the Pro Bowl. Under McDermott's guidance, Dawkins proceeded to make two more Pro Bowls after the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

McDermott worked as the team's assistant defensive backs coach in 2003 and as the defensive assistant/quality control coach from 2001-02, assisting with linebackers. He joined the organization in 1998 as a scouting administrative coordinator and primarily handled budget, collective bargaining agreement, salary cap and personnel matters until being promoted to assistant to the head coach in 1999.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
An All-Atlantic 10 Conference choice at safety for William & Mary as a senior in 1997, McDermott graduated with a degree in finance and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1998.

HISTORY
Safety: William & Mary 1994-97. College coach: William & Mary 1998. Pro coach: Philadelphia Eagles 1999-2010, joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
Sean McDermott is in his fourth season as the Panthers' defensive coordinator following a 2013 campaign in which he was named The Sporting News Coordinator of the Year after leading a unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense. In the past two seasons, McDermott has helped Carolina improve its total defense ranking 26 spots, the best by any team in the league.

The Panthers also led the league in sacks while finishing second in scoring defense, second in rushing defense, sixth in passing defense and third in red zone defense. The defense helped propel Carolina to a 12-4 record, an NFC South title and the team's first playoff appearance since 2008.

With McDermott at the helm in 2013, the Panthers defense allowed just 15.1 points per game, its fewest since 1996, and set a team record with an NFL-low 21 touchdowns allowed. The Panthers posted 30 takeaways, tied for sixth in the NFL, and set a team record with four defensive touchdowns.

McDermott's defense featured one of the best front sevens in the NFL. Linebacker Luke Kuechly earned the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award after topping the team with 176 tackles and tying for the team lead with four interceptions. Fellow linebacker Thomas Davis returned to top form following three knee surgeries to set or tie career highs in tackles (151), sacks (four) and interceptions (two). Defensive end Greg Hardy tied a franchise record with 15 sacks to earn Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. Fellow defensive end Charles Johnson added 11 sacks as Hardy and Johnson each finished with double-digit sacks for the second consecutive year.

In addition, the Panthers defense received a number of contributions from young players in 2013, having as many as six rookies on the field at the same time in several situations. Carolina's first two draft choices in 2013, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, earned All-Rookie honors from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Facing stiff competition throughout the 2012 campaign with 11 of 16 games against opponents that finished in the top 15 in the NFL in total offense, including nine in the top 10, Carolina rated 10th in the league in total defense - an 18-spot improvement from 2011. The Panthers ranked in the top 10 in many defensive categories - including sacks, third-down conversion percentage, yards after catch, plays of 20-or-more yards allowed, and negative plays created. Kuechly earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award after leading the league in tackles with a franchise record 205.

In his first year with the Panthers in 2011, McDermott's unit overcame youth and injuries to force key stops and turnovers that contributed to wins in four of the final six games.

McDermott came to Carolina following 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, the last two as defensive coordinator, where he contributed to six division titles, five NFC Championship game appearances and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX. In 2010, McDermott led one of the league's youngest defenses to a playoff appearance, finishing the year ranked in the top-10 in takeaways, sacks and negative play yardage.

During his first season overseeing the Eagles defense in 2009, McDermott overcame a rash of injuries to help lead the team to the playoffs and direct a unit that ranked third in the NFL with 38 takeaways and 44 sacks. Also, Philadelphia stood second in the league in third down defense and fifth in yards per play allowed. As a result of his efforts, McDermott was named the NFL's top defensive coordinator by Pro Football Weekly.

McDermott coached the secondary and linebackers before becoming defensive coordinator, learning all phases of the defensive game plan from the late Jim Johnson, the Eagles' legendary defensive coordinator from 1999-2008.

Tutoring the defensive backs in 2008, McDermott helped the pass defense improve in nearly every statistical category from the previous year, ranking third in the NFL in pass defense and second in net yards per pass play. Two members of the secondary - free safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Asante Samuel - garnered Pro Bowl recognition, while strong safety Quintin Mikell captured second-team All-Pro accolades.

In 2007, McDermott took over the linebackers when Steve Spagnuolo left to become the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

From 2004-06, McDermott served as the Eagles' secondary/safeties coach. In 2004, both starting safeties, Dawkins and strong safety Michael Lewis, went to the Pro Bowl. Under McDermott's guidance, Dawkins proceeded to make two more Pro Bowls after the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

McDermott worked as the team's assistant defensive backs coach in 2003 and as the defensive assistant/quality control coach from 2001-02, assisting with linebackers. He joined the organization in 1998 as a scouting administrative coordinator and primarily handled budget, collective bargaining agreement, salary cap and personnel matters until being promoted to assistant to the head coach in 1999.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
An All-Atlantic 10 Conference choice at safety for William & Mary as a senior in 1997, McDermott graduated with a degree in finance and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1998.

HISTORY
Safety: William & Mary 1994-97. College coach: William & Mary 1998. Pro coach: Philadelphia Eagles 1999-2010, joined Panthers in 2011.

 

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