4. Sean McDermott
There are zero ties between the Giants franchise and the Panthers defensive coordinator other than the subdued fantasy of what could have been.
For a time it was believed that Jerry Reese & Co. aspired to interview McDermott for their head coaching vacancy in January, but New York ultimately promoted Ben McAdoo without even doing so.
McDermott allegedly warranted prime consideration for many jobs, similar to the Atlanta Falcons’ eventual courting of Dan Quinn during the Seattle Seahawks’ postseason run last season. Still, teams opted for flashier names, familiar incumbents or equally raw yet readily on-hand offensive gurus, leaving McDermott contently in Carolina.
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Of course, with offense being nowhere near the glaring disaster New York’s defense proved to be statistically and situationally in 2015, a defensive-oriented approach is still something left desired and hypothesized. Enter McDermott’s exuberantly lethal No. 6 defense.
Could he lasso one last rodeo for Carolina-bred Jon Beason? Would Steve Spagnuolo’s pass rush and turnover rate be guided back to championship pedigree? Should Josh Norman have been persuaded to join him?
A bittersweet prospect for the well-being of Odell Beckham Jr….in the very least, defensive prowess shall be appreciated in this game.
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