Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has admitted that he would “love” to replace Chip Kelly as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
McDermott has been part of the Eagles coaching staff before, serving as a defensive assistant under Andy Reid during the franchise’s best years.
With owner Jeff Lurie saying he’d like to hire a coach who could relate to the club and the players, it is believed McDermott is under serious consideration for the post, and he is eligible to be interviewed next week should they wish to peruse him.
"I’m going to defer to my agent at this time," McDermott told ESPN. "I’m humbled and honoured to be in that conversation."
"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.
"The fan base, I know it’s important to them. They’re genuine, they’re dedicated and they’re real.
"And the facilities up there are second to none, so I’d love to see the Eagles recapture the magic, so to speak."
The Panthers have developed a reputation for being a highly resilient and competitive defensive unit under McDermott’s tutelage, and he says that’s something he’d look to replicate elsewhere.
"It’s been special," he added. "It’s been a process. Really what we’ve done is establish a tradition in Carolina of playing defence.
"It’s about an identity. The greatest compliment a coach can get from another coach around the league is, 'Hey, your guys play hard. They’re tough.'
"And our guys are just that. Regardless of who we play, where we play and when we play, when you turn the film on, our guys play hard.
“They play to the whistle. You know you’re going to be in for a full afternoon when you play our defence and our football team."