Bills hire Sean McDermott as next head coach

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Report: Bills to hire Sean McDermott as head coach
Wednesday January 11th, 2017

The Buffalo Bills have hired Sean McDermott as their next head coach, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.

McDermott has served as the Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator since 2011. He has no prior head coaching experience.

Before taking the job with Buffalo, the McDermott also interviewed with the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers. He interviewed with the Bills twice in the last eight days.

McDermott replaces Rex Ryan, who was fired after a 7–8 season. This is the ninth head coach hired by the Bills since 1999.

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