The Chargers continued their search for a head coach on Saturday by interviewing Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott.
Here is the rundown on the second confirmed candidate:
*Age: * 42
*NFL Coaching Experience: * 16 years
*Current Position: *efensive Coordinator – Carolina Panthers
Full Coaching Resume:
2011-present – Defensive Coordinator
2009-10 – Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach
2008 – Linebackers Coach
2007 – Secondary Coach
2004-06 – Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
2002-03 – Defensive Assistant and Quality Control
2001 – Assistant to the Head Coach
William and Mary
1998 – Graduate Assistant
Following two seasons as the Eagles' scouting administrative coordinator, McDermott transitioned to coaching and climbed the ranks in Philadelphia. The Eagles won six division titles, appeared in five NFC Championship games and went to Super Bowl XXXIX during his tenure. They also made the playoffs both seasons he served as defensive coordinator from 2009-10.
McDermott just finished his sixth season leading the Panthers defense. From 2012-15, Carolina was the only team in the NFL to boast a top-10 defense each year. Their top season came in 2015 as McDermott was a driving force in the Panthers 15-1 campaign, leading to a Super Bowl appearance. Carolina led the league in interceptions (24), takeaways (39), points off turnovers (148) and turnover differential (+20) that year while posting a franchise-best four pick-sixes. The Panthers also ranked second in yards allowed per play (4.9), sixth in scoring defense (19.3) and sixth in total defense (322.9).
McDermott also got the most out of his star players during their run to the Super Bowl as Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman and Kawann Short each earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. Short set a franchise record for a defensive tackle with 11 sacks, tied for most in the NFL at his position, while the secondary limited the opposition to the lowest passer rating in the league (73.5).