Jeff McLane wrote a great a piece in the Inquirer today that sheds some light on why Sean McDermott was fired. He reports that one or two starters on the Eagles defense flat out told Andy Reid after the season that McDermott should be gone. Several people on the site alerted us that over the weekend, former Eagle Jeremiah Trotter said on WIP that an Eagles player told him that McDermott was the worst coordinator he's had at any level. Now I didn't hear that myself, but If it's true, it's damning.
There's one pretty obvious candidate for a guy that might be among those who wanted McDermott gone, Trent Cole. Over the weekend, we discussed how a few weeks ago when he was asked whether he was a a slump as far as sacks go, he responded by saying it was no slump... he was just doing what he being asked to do. Namely, drop into coverage... As McLane points out, that was something Cole had been critical of.
Trent Cole, who could not be reached for comment, told reporters earlier this season that he did not like McDermott's zone-blitzing schemes, which required the defensive end to sometimes drop back into pass coverage.