The Buffalo Bills could be on the cusp of hiring their next head coach.
The Bills will have a second interview with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott, after a report surfaced Tuesday that suggested the team was “zeroed in” on hiring McDermott. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the interview will take place in Boca Raton, Fla., but this won’t be a customary sit down.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano added that the Bills are meeting with McDermott to go over contract details and also discuss assistant coach candidates. That would signify that the Bills and McDermott have all but officially agreed to a deal.
McDermott has served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator since 2011 and has overseen the unit’s steadfast development into one of the top defenses in the league. The Panthers took a slight step back this season, ranking 21st in total defense (359.8 yards allowed per game) and 26th in scoring defense (25.1 points allowed per game).
There’s also speculation as to who McDermott might target as his offensive coordinator should the Bills hire him Wednesday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy would be McDermott’s first choice to serve as his offensive coordinator.