Sports Source: Buffalo Bills agree to hire Sean McDermott as coach

23:25  11 january  2017
23:25  11 january  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

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In recent NFL rumors, the Buffalo Bills are likely to hire Sean McDermott as their next head coach after recently firing Rex Ryan. The offseason for the Buffalo Bills started with plenty of questions, but recent NFL rumors point to the team having solved one of the biggest — who will be at the head coaching slot for the next season and beyond? Sean McDermott looks to be the most likely answer to that question, but the Bills have yet to make a final decision on the coaching status. According to multiple sources , the Bills were very pleased with their first interview of McDermott

Report: Buffalo Bills Leaning Towards Hiring Sean McDermott as Head Coach . Two weeks after firing Rex Ryan, the Buffalo Bills appear to have found the right man for the job. Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott appears to be the favorite to receive the job, and the team has no plans to interview any more candidates. Vic Carucci of Buffalo News first reported that the team had zeroed in on McDermott , but noted that no deal is official as of yet.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to hire Sean McDermott to be their next head coach.

The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not announced the decision.

The deal was reached Wednesday, shortly after the Bills interviewed McDermott for a second time in eight days. The 42-year-old has no previous head-coaching experience and spent past six seasons working as the Carolina Panthers defensive co-ordinator.

McDermott replaces Rex Ryan, who was fired two weeks ago. He becomes the team’s ninth head coach since 1999, when Buffalo last made the playoffs under Wade Phillips. The Bills went 7-9 this past season, extending the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 17 years.

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Reports: Bills likely to hire Sean McDermott as head coach . Buffalo is "zeroed in" on McDermott , according to Bills beat writer Vic Carucci. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the process could "wrap up soon if it goes well." McDermott is the first head coaching candidate to be given a second interview by the Bills , who fired HC Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ahead of Week 17.

The Buffalo Bills hired a head coach . Sean McDermott has agreed to become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills . — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 11, 2017. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, meanwhile, says that it’s not yet complete but it’ll “likely” happen today. The # Bills have officially offered their head coaching job to #Panthers DC Sean McDermott , source said.

McDermott has 18 seasons of NFL experience, spending his first 12 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He started as a scouting co-ordinator for two years, then mentored under late defensive co-ordinator Jim Johnson. He eventually succeeded Johnson in 2009.

He takes over a team in Buffalo that featured the NFL’s top running attack but an underperforming defence in two seasons under Ryan.

The Bills defence finished 19th in yards allowed two years straight, and was particularly porous against the run. Buffalo allowed 200-plus yards rushing to opposing running backs three times this season, including twice against Miami’s Jay Ajayi.

The offence was inconsistent at times under second-year starter Tyrod Taylor.

Owner Terry Pegula grew so dissatisfied with the defensive meltdowns, he fired Ryan in the week leading up to Buffalo’s final game. Ryan was replaced by offensive co-ordinator Anthony Lynn, who served as interim coach in a season-ending loss to the New York Jets.

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Tags: buffalo bills , Carolina Panthers, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Rex Ryan, sean mcdermott . Do you agree . Source : Eagles to sign veteran offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus Reports: Bills likely to hire Sean McDermott as head coach Eagles Mailbag: First-rounder, close to playoffs, Seumalo's

Panthers DC Sean McDermott , the leader for Bills job, now headed to Buffalo for 2nd HC interview with Bills , as @john_wawrow also reported. If # Bills hire of Sean McDermott is done by today, as it should be, expect his biggest target for OC to be former #Chargers coach Mike McCoy.

Lynn was one of three other candidates to interview for the job besides McDermott.

Lynn was considered an initial front-runner to take over on a permanent basis, before the Bills began leaning toward McDermott, who was the first candidate the team interviewed. The Bills also interviewed Arizona Cardinals offensive co-ordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive co-ordinator Kris Richard.

The Panthers enjoyed four straight seasons of being ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in fewest yards allowed before taking a step back this season.

Carolina finished 21st in yards allowed, giving up 500-plus yards three times. The pass defence particularly suffered a drop-off following the loss of star defensive back Josh Norman, who signed with Washington in free agency. Carolina’s defence was also weakened once star linebacker Luke Kuechly missed the final six games with a concussion.

Report: Bills plan to give next head coach more power

  Report: Bills plan to give next head coach more power The Buffalo Bills have an obvious communication issue within their organization, and ownership is trying to address that problem with the hiring of the team’s next head coach. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills are planning to give their next head coach more power within the organization. The decision likely stems from the obvious disconnect that existed between Rex Ryan, Bills general manager Doug Whaley and owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Bills Close To Hiring Sean McDermott As HC. January 10th, 2017 at 8:32pm CST by Dallas Robinson. The Bills are “zeroed in” on Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott , who is now the leading contender for Buffalo ’s head coaching position, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News (Twitter link). A deal between the two sides could be finalized in the coming days, per Carucci.

I'm usually not a guy to get excited about coaching hires , but a trio of HC The only real red flag for Sean McDermott as possible Bills coach is that he's Agreed on the rest! Especially the bad press part which a lot of us said was BS at League source confirms the # Bills are trying today to finalize a deal to make

The Panthers still finished sixth against the run and ranked second with 47 sacks.

In 2015, McDermott oversaw a unit that forced an NFL-leading 39 takeaways and ranked second in yards allowed. The Panthers team went 15-1 and lost to Denver in the Super Bowl.

It’s uncertain whom McDermott will hire to oversee Buffalo’s offence.

Another major question is McDermott’s plans for Taylor.

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The Bills restructured the quarterback’s contract in August, giving him a five-year extension while retaining the right to opt out of the deal by March.

Potentially complicating matters, Taylor had surgery last week to repair a sports hernia. Next season’s portion of the contract, worth about $30 million including bonuses, is guaranteed if Taylor is unable to pass his physical in mid-March, when the deal kicks in.

The Bills also face a potentially significant roster overhaul with 24 players eligible to become free agents this off-season. The group includes cornerback Stephon Gilmore, linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Zach Brown, and receiver Robert Woods.

Report: Chargers finalizing deal to hire Anthony Lynn as next head coach .
What a year it's been for Anthony Lynn and what a day it's been for the now-Los Angeles Chargers. After announcing their upcoming move from San Diego to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, in the evening, the Chargers went to work finalizing a deal to make Lynn their next head coach, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports, citing a source. Lynn began the 2016 season as the running backs coach of the Buffalo Bills. He was promoted to offensive coordinator at the end of Week 2 and then climbed to interim head coach after Rex Ryan was fired in Week 17.

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