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Terry Pegula's statement on hiring Sean McDermott

The Bills officially hired Sean McDermott on Wednesday to replace Rex Ryan as head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Friday.

The team released statements from owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley, as well as McDermott, late Wednesday night.

“We believe we have hired a smart, determined and hard-working head coach who has been training for many years to achieve this goal," Pegula said. "Sean is an ambitious leader who has the desire to lead this organization to compete for and ultimately win a Super Bowl. We look forward to working with Sean for many years to come."

“Sean McDermott is an excellent football coach and we feel he is the perfect leader for this team," Whaley said. "Sean’s intelligence, leadership qualities and vision for our team impressed us throughout the interview process.  I am excited to begin working with Coach McDermott and his staff."

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McDermott was previously the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to become the Buffalo Bills new head coach and join the rich tradition of Bills football," McDermott said in the release. "I am looking forward to connecting with our players, Bills staff and the passionate fan base. I want to thank Terry and Kim and I look forward to working with Doug and the entire football department."

Team owner Kim Pegula posted a photo with McDermott Wednesday. From left to right, it's Terry Pegula, McDermott, Kim Pegula and Whaley.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera sent McDermott well-wishes on Twitter.

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