Report: Eagles Fire Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott


It figures to be a busy offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the organization got things rolling on Saturday with a surprising firing.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortenson, the Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. The firing comes on the heels of recent revelations that the 36-year-old coordinator would be back for the 2011 season, but apparently head coach Andy Reid and the organization have changed their minds.

McDermott, a longtime Eagles assisstant, was hired as the interim defensive coordinator in 2009 when legendary coordinator Jim Johnson took a leave of absence to battle cancer. Johnson resigned shortly thereafter before passing away at the age of 68.

The Eagles had the 12th-best defense in terms of yards allowed in 2010, but also gave up the 11th-most points per game, due mostly to the fact their red-zone defense was the worst in the NFL.


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