The first domino of the Panthers’ offseason appears ready to fall.
According to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, the Bills have “zeroed in” on making Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott their new head coach.
Carucci, who arguably knows the Buffalo organization better than anyone, tweeted Tuesday night that a deal could be “finalized in the next day or so.”
McDermott has also interviewed for openings in San Diego and San Francisco.
Assuming McDermott lands the job in Buffalo, he’ll beat out Anthony Lynn, the Bills’ offensive coordinator and interim coach who many believed would permanently take over for the fired Rex Ryan. And if that happens, it’ll open the door for Steve Wilks to slide into McDermott’s role.
Wilks, Carolina’s secondary coach and assistant head coach, reportedly interviewed on Tuesday for Washington’s defensive coordinator position. He’s also chatted with the Rams about their head job.
But unless he gets offered that gig or Redskins owner Daniel Snyder writes a huge check, Wilks will likely take a promotion to defensive coordinator with the Panthers. Or, defensive line coach Eric Washington could be an option to replace McDermott.