Sean McDermott to become Bills head coach

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will be named the Buffalo Bills head coach. He becomes the ninth coach to lead the team since 1997.

McDermott interviewed with the team for the second time within a week on Wednesday, reportedly meeting with the Pegulas at their home in Boca Raton, Florida. On Tuesday evening it was reported that the team was “zeroing in” on McDermott as their choice to succeed Rex Ryan, who was fired after two seasons.

McDermott has 18 years of coaching experience and has spent the last six seasons with the Carolina Panthers as their defensive coordinator. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and played college football at William and Mary and was named an All-Conference safety. He began his NFL coaching career as a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles and worked his way up in the organization to defensive coordinator. After one season he was fired and then hired at the same position by the Panthers.

Later in the day, team owner Kim Pegula shared a photo of the new head coach.

The team’s players have also chimed in on the news of the new head coach. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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