Sheldon Brown weighs in on McDermott

In the midst of harsh comments from current and former Eagles players about former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, ex-Eagle Sheldon Brown said he was surprised to see McDermott let go.

Brown was traded to the Cleveland Browns last offseason.

"They didn't do that bad. They had rookies all over the place, and they still had a good defense," Brown told the Charlotte Observer. "I did not see it coming. Because you're talking about a football team that was pretty good, went to the playoffs and could have easily won (in) the playoffs."

"But change is good. We all get fired sometimes. And everything happens for a reason."

Brown lives in the Carolinas in the offseason and the Observer was seeking comments about McDermott, who is the new Panthers' defensive coordinator.

Brown was with the Eagles for eight seasons, covering much of McDermott's tenure as a position coach and then his first year as defensive coordinator. Like many other players, Brown concedes how difficult it was to replace the late Jim Johnson.

"I just think we had too many veterans that had been there before (McDermott) had been named 'DC,'" Brown said. "You had guys that had been there with Jim, who was like a grandfather to them."



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