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Panthers’ Sean McDermott gives few details on Redskins interview

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Sean McDermott of the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott met with the Washington Redskins during the weekend to interview for the team’s vacant head coaching spot, but Monday he offered no clues as to how the interview went.

McDermott didn’t give details on the interview or say when he expected to hear back from the team. He said it was an honor to be considered.

“But my focus – you’ve got to understand, we’ve worked so hard for this opportunity,” he said. “We’ve got a big opportunity in front of us, so we’ve got a lot of work to do this week.”

News of McDermott’s interview broke early last week, and on Wednesday he told players in the defensive meeting that he was taking the interview but that he was still focused on the task at hand in Carolina.

“I get paid by the Carolina Panthers to do a job,” McDermott said of balancing his job with the interview. “And that’s what I’m here to do, and do it to the best of my ability. Anything outside of that, I did on my own time. That’s 15 years of preparation, not just one week of preparation. ... It’s an honor. But we’re moving forward and I’m focused on this football team and this football game.”

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