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Report: Sean McDermott meeting with Pegulas, working on deal

January 11, 2017 02:22 PM

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting a conflicting report saying the meeting on Wednesday is only a second interview.

It appears Sean McDermott is set to be the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

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According to a report from Buffalo News reporter Vic Carucci, Panthers defensive coordinator McDermott is meeting with the Pegulas in Florida. Carucci reports they are working on a five-year deal.

— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) January 11, 2017

McDermott has served as the defensive coordinator for the Panthers for the past five years. During that time, his defenses have ranked among the top ten in yards allowed four times.

McDermott defense was also a big part of the Panthers 15-1 run in 2015 -- though it's fair to note that Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is a former defensive coordinator himself. The Panthers struggled this past season, finishing 6-10 and the defense was near the bottom of the league.

Before Carolina, McDermott served as the Eagles defensive coordinator for two years, succeeding legendary defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, whom McDermott served under for nearly a decade.

Defense has been a big issue for the Bills the past two years. Despite having a defensive-minded coach in Rex Ryan -- and having a top defense in 2014 -- the team has been in the middle of the pack on that side of the ball.

McDermott interviewed with the Bills last week along with other candidates which included interim head coach Anthony Lynn.

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