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Trotter: McDermott wasn't ready for Philly

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08:02 AM ET 01.19 | Even as he's moved on, Sean McDermott continues to make news in Philadelphia, where he was fired after the Eagles season. And one former player says he's not surprised. Jeremiah Trotter, who played 13 games (starting seven) in 2009 for McDermott, doesn't think McDermott was ready for the job. "I may be the only guy in the city that wasn't surprised," Trotter said. ... "The defense went backwards. It was worse in the red zone. And we had a better year last year on defense. So any time you see a young coach that in my opinion really wasn't quite ready to step into that defensive coordinator role just yet, and have two bad seasons, sometimes you just gotta cut your losses."

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January 19, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Trotter is just trying to sell himself.. He thinks no one can play MLB for the Iggles but him.

January 19, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Wasn't ready? This is a new one.

January 19, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Trotter is just trying to sell himself.. He thinks no one can play MLB for the Iggles but him.

Trotter may fell that way but McDermott looked overmatched a lot of times. And you can't have a red zone defense that is that bad.

January 19, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Trotter may fell that way but McDermott looked overmatched a lot of times. And you can't have a red zone defense that is that bad.

True, but Trotter would complain if they were perfect.

Doesn't seem like he did much schooling while he was there, if so, he could've helped the situation, rather than sit on the couch ridiculing.

January 19, 2011  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wasn't ready? This is a new one.

Wasn't Ready for the but kicking the Packers gave them!

January 19, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Reid and their GM are passing the buck here. Add in that they traded their first round pick and both of their third round picks to move up 11 spots in the 2010 draft to take DE Graham (at a position of need) , a poor pick it appears, coupled with a defense that got used and abused at the end of the 2009 season and the DC never had a chance.
That defense Suucked it 2009 when it mattered. See those games against the Cowboys one more time. It goes way deeper than just a DC.

January 19, 2011  10:23 AM ET

McDermott had some big shoes to fill stepping in behind the late, great Jim Johnson. I'm not sure there would have been a step back anyway.

But since Trotter is perfect, the best LB in football, and made no mistakes, he's qualified to make an accurate assessment. Riiiight...

January 19, 2011  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Reid and their GM are passing the buck here. Add in that they traded their first round pick and both of their third round picks to move up 11 spots in the 2010 draft to take DE Graham (at a position of need) , a poor pick it appears, coupled with a defense that got used and abused at the end of the 2009 season and the DC never had a chance.That defense Suucked it 2009 when it mattered. See those games against the Cowboys one more time. It goes way deeper than just a DC.

Great assessment. Someone had to get blamed. They haven't put in as much time building the D as they have the offense. However, McDermott still hasn't coached very well.

January 19, 2011  11:07 AM ET

It is such a shame and embarrassment frankly that Pittsburgh in a much smaller market can constantly put teams in the playoffs and the Superbowl and win where Philly in a larger market cannot. The problems go beyond McDermott all the way to Reid. His tenure has produced a good product but I am convinced that we won't win a superbowl with him. I was 4 the last Eagles championship, I believe the over/under odds are looking grim for me in my lifetime that the Eagles actually become champs!

January 19, 2011  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

... That defense Suucked it 2009 when it mattered. See those games against the Cowboys one more time. It goes way deeper than just a DC.

Bingo!

January 19, 2011  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It is such a shame and embarrassment frankly that Pittsburgh in a much smaller market can constantly put teams in the playoffs and the Superbowl and win where Philly in a larger market cannot. The problems go beyond McDermott all the way to Reid. His tenure has produced a good product but I am convinced that we won't win a superbowl with him. I was 4 the last Eagles championship, I believe the over/under odds are looking grim for me in my lifetime that the Eagles actually become champs!

Philly has a bigger market than Steeler Nation? This is definitely news to me.

January 19, 2011  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

True, but Trotter would complain if they were perfect.Doesn't seem like he did much schooling while he was there, if so, he could've helped the situation, rather than sit on the couch ridiculing.

I remember him when he signed with the Red Skins he was a bust.

January 19, 2011  12:17 PM ET

I thought maybe all the tweeting, twitting and chirping would subside after the season. But nooooo..we got Trotter and Crayton just this week. Yapping things up for what must be some personal gains. Good luck guys!

January 19, 2011  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It is such a shame and embarrassment frankly that Pittsburgh in a much smaller market can constantly put teams in the playoffs and the Superbowl and win where Philly in a larger market cannot. The problems go beyond McDermott all the way to Reid. His tenure has produced a good product but I am convinced that we won't win a superbowl with him. I was 4 the last Eagles championship, I believe the over/under odds are looking grim for me in my lifetime that the Eagles actually become champs!

There are no 'small market' teams in the NFL. When there is a salary cap it negates any advantages teams such as the Giants, Jets, Eagles, etc. have over teams like Minnesota or Green Bay.

January 19, 2011  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

There are no 'small market' teams in the NFL. When there is a salary cap it negates any advantages teams such as the Giants, Jets, Eagles, etc. have over teams like Minnesota or Green Bay.

You are right. There are no small market teams in the NFL . And salary cap has little to do with it. 20 billion in media revenue deals and , up until now, revenue sharing , makes them all equal.

January 19, 2011  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

You are right. There are no small market teams in the NFL . And salary cap has little to do with it. 20 billion in media revenue deals and , up until now, revenue sharing , makes them all equal.

really comes down to spending wisely or spending stupidly.

January 19, 2011  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

You are right. There are no small market teams in the NFL . And salary cap has little to do with it. 20 billion in media revenue deals and , up until now, revenue sharing , makes them all equal.

It's not so much small market.. the difference between "small market" and "large market" is whether you have a new modern stadium, practice facilities, etc. That's where the large teams make their dineros.

January 19, 2011  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

It's not so much small market.. the difference between "small market" and "large market" is whether you have a new modern stadium, practice facilities, etc. That's where the large teams make their dineros.

Don't forget the franchising fees for jersey and jacket sales. JJ gets some SERIOUS cash for marketing the Cowboys logo as do the Yankees, NASCAR and ND on clothing and other memorabilia.

January 19, 2011  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

McDermott had some big shoes to fill stepping in behind the late, great Jim Johnson. I'm not sure there would have been a step back anyway.

My thought exactly. Furthermore, you're seeing a game of musical chairs involving coordinators this off-season. With the upcoming lockout, several head coaches on the bubble kept their jobs for another year to avoid paying dead money to fired coaches during the lockout. To create the illusion of progress, somebody had to be offered on the altar to appease the owners and it's been the coordinators.

 
January 19, 2011  03:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Philly has a bigger market than Steeler Nation? This is definitely news to me.

philly has a bigger market than pittsburgh, that is correct. with no cap look at the payroll for the phillies post new ballpark, and that of the pirates post new ballpark.

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