First-time head coach Sean McDermott isn't getting much love from the league's official website.
The Buffalo Bills' new head coach recently ranked No. 29 on NFL.com's power rankings of the league's 32 coaches.
"Granted, McDermott has never been a head coach. He's also taking over a franchise that underwent a front-office shift just months after he accepted the job. The Bills' new rookie GM, Brandon Beane, is a familiar face to McDermott, as the two worked together in Carolina. Worth noting here that McDermott's lack of experience as a head coach does not make him unqualified for the post. ... He just wrapped up eight straight seasons as a defensive coordinator (for the Eagles and Panthers), fielding a top-10 defense in half of them. Five of those teams made it to the postseason," analyst Eliot Harrison wrote.
McDermott did beat out former Bills offensive coordinator and interim head coach Anthony Lynn, now the Los Angeles Chargers' coach. Lynn ranked No. 32, with Harrison writing "Someone has to be 32nd on the list. Unfortunately, that's Lynn, who has the least amount of experience as both head coach and coordinator. After earning the respect of nearly everyone in Buffalo, Lynn was elevated from running backs coach (and assistant head coach) to offensive coordinator following the departure of Greg Roman last year. While the Chargers are being touted as a sneaky AFC team, Lynn has inherited the most malleable situation of all the new coaches: new city ... new stadium ... toughest division."