McDermott credit Reid’s affect as Payments host Chiefs


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Sean McDermott’s skilled teaching world got here crashing down round him upon being fired by Andy Reid in Philadelphia following the 2010 season.

Already having issue coming to grips with being dismissed from his hometown dream job, and by his mentor, no much less, McDermott couldn’t imagine his ears when Reid prompt the setback could be useful in the long term for the then-36-year-old Eagles defensive coordinator.

“Oh, it crushed me early on,” McDermott would say in 2017, after touchdown his first head teaching job with the Buffalo Payments. “It crushed me from the standpoint of, I regarded introspectively, simply checked out myself and mentioned, ‘What did I do unsuitable?’”

A decade later, the good thing about perspective has allowed McDermott to comprehend the knowledge behind Reid’s recommendation.

“These are moments that you simply undergo in life that you simply say, `You understand what? I got here out higher due to it.’ And Andy knew that,” McDermott mentioned this week in making ready the Payments (4-1) to host the Reid-coached Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (4-1) on Monday.

The 2 even joke about it now.

“Yeah, we form of jab about it right here and there,” McDermott mentioned with fun. “However we will do this as a result of he knew. He instructed me then, ‘That is the most effective factor for you.′ And he was proper.”

At 46, McDermott has overseen a renaissance in Buffalo.

The Payments have made the playoffs in two of McDermott’s first three years, together with 2017, after they snapped a 17-year postseason drought which had been the longest energetic streak in North America’s 4 main skilled sports activities.

This yr, regardless of a 42-16 loss at Tennessee on Tuesday, Buffalo is 4-1 or higher in consecutive seasons for the primary time since Corridor of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s remaining two years in 1995 and ’96.

McDermott is getting much-deserved credit score for instilling knowledgeable, team-first tradition on a franchise that lacked self-discipline and accountability, particularly beneath his predecessor Rex Ryan, whose brash speak fell far wanting efficiency throughout his two-year stint.

And McDermott, together with common supervisor Brandon Beane, have established a firewall across the staff in defending it from inner roster meddling. That wasn’t the case beneath former president Russ Brandon, whose background was in advertising and marketing and never soccer, and led to the small-market staff making choices based mostly as a lot on ticket gross sales as on-field outcomes.

What’s additionally evident is how a lot McDermott’s stay-the-course method after a win or loss echoes that of Reid, which was clearly the case this week with each groups coming off losses.

Stated McDermott a day after dropping to Tennessee: “(The Titans) had been prepared and like I mentioned, I didn’t have my staff prepared. That chapter’s closed. We’ve obtained to be taught from it and transfer on and proceed to develop as a soccer staff.”

Stated Reid a day after a 40-32 loss to Las Vegas, which snapped the defending champions Chiefs’ franchise-best 13-game profitable streak: “All of us may’ve completed a greater job beginning with me, and I take full accountability for it being the pinnacle soccer coach. There are issues we will be taught from this.”

Payments affiliate head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who additionally labored beneath Reid, sees the similarities.

“Andy was good at dealing with conditions and presenting these conditions to the gamers the place they actually understood with nice readability the route we wished to go as a staff,” Frazier mentioned. “Sean does the identical job of portray that image.”

Reid was 41 when he took over the Eagles in 1999, the identical yr McDermott joined the staff as a scouting director following a one-year stint as a graduate coach at his alma mater, William & Mary.

Two years later, McDermott landed his first teaching job as assistant to the pinnacle coach, earlier than working his means as much as changing defensive coordinator Jim Johnson in 2009.

“Most likely not going to enter it, however I’ll inform you he’s a terrific coach and at all times has been,” Reid mentioned of getting to half methods with McDermott. “It was simply a kind of issues. It’s labored out for him, that’s most essential. He’s going to have a protracted profession as a head coach.”

McDermott usually references Reid and experiences he gained with the Eagles.

“I realized a lot from him. To today, to say {that a} man is my mentor, my skilled mentor, is simply unimaginable,” he mentioned.

Getting fired truly introduced the 2 nearer collectively, which is a lesson McDermott now pertains to members of his employees.

“I might hope that I might have the identical impact on coaches which can be round me,” mentioned McDermott, considered one of 5 former Reid assistants at present holding NFL head teaching jobs. “Afterward of their profession, possibly after I’m completed, they will flip round and say, ‘You understand what, I realized a factor or two from Sean.’”


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