The Carolina Panthers have been one of the best team's in the NFL with one of the top defenses, so it would make sense that defensive coordinator Sean McDermott would come up in discussions for open head coaching positions. It appears that the Cleveland Browns are the first team to set up a meeting with McDermott, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Browns will be looking for the their fourth head coach since 2011 after firing Mike Pettine on Sunday after the team's final regular season game.
McDermott has certainly had a good track record of building stout defenses. He joined the Panthers after spending over 10 years with the Philadelphia Eagles in various positions, including two seasons as defensive coordinator. He was let go by the Eagles and joined the Panthers in 2011 in the same position.
It didn't take long for him to build a top tier defense and after the defense ranked 28th in total defense in 2011, they ranked 10th in 2012, second in 2013, 10th in 2014 and finished the 2015 season ranked sixth.
It appears if McDermott has any say, he hopes this won't be the only team to interview him for their head coach position. On Tuesday, he told 97.5 The Fanatic that he "always interested" in the opportunity to coach the Eagles, according to ESPN's Phil Sheridan.
"I love the Philadelphia area and, quite honestly, it’s been tough to watch the last several years, having grown up in the area and worked there for 12 years," McDermott said.
The Panthers are on a bye this week so coordinators are eligible to be interviewed for positions. However, that window to interview closes next week and teams will not be able to interview McDermott until after the Panthers are eliminated from the playoffs.