McDermott has emerged as a head coaching candidate after taking over a Carolina defense that ranked among the worst in the league in 2010 and transforming it into one of the league's top units. This season, the Panthers ranked second in the league, limiting teams to 301.3 yards and 15.1 points per game.
The Washington Redskins have not spoken to former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher about their vacant head coaching job, General Manager Bruce Allen said Thursday.
A look at the 5 most important things the Redskins should look for in their next head coach.
The Redskins face an uphill battle in some ways with their search. Yes, there are attractive parts to the job -- young offensive nucleus, cap space -- but the reality is a 15-year record of mostly losing and chaos every few years. That will scare some candidates off and make others leery. So find out from experts such as Gruden and Cowher what they need to do -- and who they need to interview.