Word around the league is that the Washington Redskins have asked the Panthers for permission to interview defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. He is expected to meet with the Skins this week according to league sources. McDermott has helped turn a defensive unit that was one of the worst in the league upon his arrival, into an elite, top talent team. Last year the Panthers lost offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to the Cleveland Browns, a move that worked out for the Panthers and their players as they were not too happy with his system and style.
Losing McDermott would probably impact the Panthers more than the departure of Chud. As we all saw yesterday, Chudzinski only lasted a year before getting the boot. McDermott is a great coordinator, but there are a plethora of head coaches out there with loads of experience. Sooner or later, McDermott is going to get his shot at a head coaching job, but I do not believe it will happen this year. Depending on their success in the playoffs, McDermott will probably stick around another year to try and truly build a perennial contender. Should he walk however, Ron Rivera is still a defensive mastermind and he should be able to keep the team’s dominant defense operating at a high level.