Sean McDermott is the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 11, 2017

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has accepted the Bills head coaching job, as first reported by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

The 42-year-old McDermott has been with the Panthers since 2011 and previously worked with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2010. In Philly, he moved up from scouting administrative coordinator to defensive coordinator by the end of his tenure.

The Panthers were No. 26 in scoring defense (25.1 ppg) this season, but were No. 6 a year ago, as the Panthers reached the Super Bowl.

McDermott takes over a Bills defense that No. 4 in the NFL in scoring in 2014, but fell to No. 15 and No. 16 in two years under Rex Ryan. The Bills haven’t reached the playoffs since 1999 and have only posted two winning records since then.

More on this as it develops. This fills the third of six NFL head coaching openings. Keep track of NFL head coaching changes here.

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