Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has been hired as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Wednesday.
McDermott has spent sixteen seasons coaching in the NFL. He spent ten years in Philadelphia at various defensive coach positions, including defensive coordinator in his last two years with the team (2009-2010). In 2011, he was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In six seasons with the team, his defense ranked in the top 10 in the league four out of the six seasons (2012-2015).
“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to become the Buffalo Bills new head coach and join the rich tradition of Bills football,” McDermott said in a statement, ”I am looking forward to connecting with our players, Bills staff and the passionate fan base. I want to thank Terry and Kim and I look forward to working with Doug and the entire football department.”
“We believe we have hired a smart, determined and hard-working head coach who has been training for many years to achieve this goal,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement, “Sean is an ambitious leader who has the desire to lead this organization to compete for and ultimately win a Super Bowl. We look forward to working with Sean for many years to come.”
McDermott replaces Rex Ryan, who spent two seasons with the team before being fired after a Week 16 loss to the Miami Dolphins.