Bills tab Sean McDermott from Panthers’ staff to replace Rex Ryan

It appears the Bills are still focused on finding a defense-first path to success.

Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will replace Rex Ryan as head coach in Buffalo, the team confirmed.
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Mens Fernando Rodney Jersey McDermott was in Buffalo for a second interview Wednesday, according to multiple reports, after meeting with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula in Florida last week.

The hope will be that McDermott, whose defense led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 a year ago, finds a way to restore the luster lost during the Ryan regime.

Buffalo’s defenders ranked in the top five in the league in scoring defense, yards per game and passing yards per game in 2014 under Doug Marrone but saw their fortunes plummet under Ryan and his brother Rob, who ran the unit in 2016 and was fired Dec. 27 along with Rex. The Bills were generally a middle-of-the-pack defense statistically this season but finished a stunning 29th in the league in rushing defense, allowing 133.1 yards per game.

McGloin, who was originally questionable to return, made his case to reporters after the game and said he plans to be healthy enough to play next weekend.

I wanted to play out there tonight,McGloin said, via ESPN.com. If I’m not 100 percent healthy, that’s not what this team needs. I plan on being 100 percent healthy (for Houston).

Del Rio declined to commit to a starting quarterback when they visit the Texans, but he did seem to tip the odds in McGloin’s favor.

Obviously, (McGloin) has more experience in our system, a little bit longer, he said. But I thought Connor did a nice job, with the opportunities that he had.

If McGloin is unable to play, or if Del Rio decides to switch to Cook regardless small sample size notwithstanding the Raiders would be in an unprecedented situation.

No quarterback in the Super Bowl era has ever started a playoff game without previously starting in the regular season.