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Sean McDermott, Anthony Lynn “frontrunners” in Buffalo Bills coaching search

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The pair of coordinators are hot commodities.

The Buffalo Bills coaching search drags into its second week and after four interviews, general manager Doug Whaley is taking a break to reset on Tuesday. A report from WGR 550’s Sal Capaccio on Monday night gives us an indication that Carolina Panther defensive coordinator Sean McDermott joins Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn as the two frontrunners for the job.

Lynn coached Buffalo’s running backs during the 2015 season and was assistant head coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator after two games in 2016. He’s a detail-oriented former NFL running back who has learned under some great coaches.

McDermott’s popularity grew during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was defensive coordinator beginning in 2009. With seven years of coordinating experience, he certainly has an experience edge over Lynn. When Andy Reid left Philadelphia, McDermott became defensive coordintor for Ron Rivera in Carolina. He was the first interview Buffalo scheduled.

Both would be first-time head coaches and have smartly aligned themselves with former head coaches to run the other side of the ball and be a sounding board. Lynn has apparently partnered with former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley while McDermott has former San Diego Chargers head coach and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in mind to run the offense.

If the Bills are going to land one of these experienced coordinators, they should move quickly. Bradley has already been tied to the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator opening while McCoy has been linked to the Broncos should they name Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as their new coach.

Buffalo has also interviewed current Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard and Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. They had said they wanted to interview five to six candidates, but the list still stands at four. Keep up to date with our StoryStream.