It was expected that Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator Sean McDermott would be a popular name for head coaching vacancies this offseason. This weekend is sure to be a busy one for McDermott as he not only will be meeting with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, according to Charlotte Observer's Joe Person, but will also meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as reported by Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com.
As Schrager points out, GM Jason Licht is familiar with McDermott from their time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Licht was with the Eagles for three years from 2006 to 2009 in the player personnel department while McDermott spent 12 years with the organization with his last two years as defensive coordinator.
While this is a division rival and McDermott would have to face his former team twice a year, this would have to be the more appealing job, compared to Cleveland, based on the players currently on the roster. The defense finished 10th in total defense this past season and have big name players like Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David as well as rising star in linebacker Kwon Alexander. The offensive side has just as much talent with Jameis Winston, Doug Martin and Mike Evans. The Bucs finished with six wins this year, after only two the previous year, and appears to be a team on the rise.
This will be the last opportunity for teams to interview McDermott, or any Panthers' coordinators for that matter, as coordinators for playoff teams can only interview during their bye week or until the team has been eliminated.