Sean McDermott Released as Defensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles: The Legacy has Left the Building

Sean McDermott has officially been released from the Philadelphia Eagles team as a defensive coordinator.  This is striking news, but it was coming sooner or later during this off-season.  However, the Philadelphia Eagles right now have a myriad of problems.  One of them maybe temporarily fixed, but McDermott may be the first of the scapegoats.

On May 18, 2009, McDermott took over as interim defensive coordinator as his mentor Jim Johnson was battling cancer.  Later, in July 24, 2009, Andy Reid promoted him to full-time defensive coordinator, and his mentor and former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson passed away four days afterwards.  He had inherited Jim Johnson’s legacy.

However, the defense‘s wheels were falling off since 2008.  In 2008, the Philadelphia Eagles defense was ranked 3rd overall in the NFL.  In 2009, the defense fell to 12th and remained int that position for this year as well.  Unfortunately, the Eagles defense are letting more teams score as the points per game rose from 18.1 in 2008 to 23.6 in 2010, nearly a touchdown more. Additionally, the defense let teams have more yardage as it rose from 274.3 in 2008 to 327.2 in 2010. To cap it off, the Eagles had the worst red-zone defenses this season, and it was the nail in McDermott’s coffin for the Eagles.

The Eagles defense packages may have copied and improvised so much since 2008 that the original prototype is now outdated.  Coach Andy Reid may now miss his chance to build a better mousetrap 0n defense and may be forced to create new ones. However, they may not work quite as planned, given the speed of adaptability of NFL teams nowadays.

On the bright side, I believe that Sean McDermott should be capable of finding another coaching or coordinator position elsewhere.  His talents nor Jim Johnson’s legacy won’t be wasted, as his predecessors John Harbaugh and Leslie Frazier have both found coaching positions.

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