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Eagles Fire Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott

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According to Chris Mortensen, the Eagles have decided to part ways with Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott. After what was a disappointing, injury-riddled season for the Eagles defense, it's no surprise that Andy Reid and company were looking to make a change. It is surprising that Reid backed McDermott just a few days prior to the firing and it seemed like Sean would keep his job for another year.

The Eagles defense made a bunch of big plays this season, forcing interceptions and fumbles regularly. But when the opposition got in the red zone, a touchdown was automatic. They ended the season letting up 31 red zone touchdown passes. Not having a decent corner opposite Asante Samuel and the regular tackling struggles were also to blame, but the front office needed a goat and decided it was McDermott. This was only his second season after taking over for the late Jim Johnson.

Now the search for a new DC will begin. Rob Ryan and Dick Jauron have been speculated as possible candidates but nothing substantial will be known for at least a few days.

Here's our own Tommy Lawlor's article assessing McDermott from a few days ago.