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Bills hire Sean McDermott as head coach

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The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with Sean McDermott to fill their head coaching vacancy. The news of the hire comes via ESPN’s Dan Graziano. McDermott fills the vacancy created when the team fired former head coach Rex Ryan.

McDermott has served as the Carolina Panthers’ defensive coordinator since 2011, and was somewhat of a surprise to be hired by the Bills. Buffalo was expected to look toward interim head coach Anthony Lynn to be their new top coach, but McDermott moved into the lead following his interview.

McDermott has also worked in the Philadelphia Eagles’ system, beginning as a scouting administrative coordinator in 1999 and working his way through assistant to the head coach, defensive assistant and quality control coach, assistant defensive backs coach, secondary coach, linebackers coach, and defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He was fired by the Eagles from their defensive coordinator position in January 2011, then was hired by the Panthers two days later.

The Bills were 8-8 and 7-8 in their two years with Ryan as the head coach, finishing third in the AFC East in both seasons.