According to a Wednesday afternoon report from Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Buffalo Bills have settled on a head coach so it appears. While ultimately electing to pass on interim head coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, the Bills will hire Carolina Panthers’ defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
The aforementioned Lynn previously served as the franchise’s offensive coordinator under former head coach Rex Ryan before being promoted to serve as the Bills’ interim head coach to finish out the 2016-2017 regular season. Ryan was notably fired before the end of his second season along the sideline for the Bills.
As a result of yet another disappointing season in Buffalo, the 7-9 Bills have now failed to reach the postseason since all the way back in 1999-2000 – a lengthy 17-year stretch to be exact.
The Bills originally requested permission from the Panthers to speak with McDermott back on January 2 while he was then brought in for a second interview with the franchise on Wednesday morning. While now ready to take over in Buffalo, reports are indicating that former San Diego Chargers’ head coach Mike McCoy will become McDermott’s top target to serve as his offensive coordinator. A defensive mind himself, McDermott has served as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator since back in 2011 and has now landed his first head coaching job in the NFL.
On Tuesday evening, it was initially reported that McDermott and the Bills were close to coming to terms on a contract as those talks have since evolved into something more concrete.