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Redskins hire means Sean McDermott staying with Panthers, for now

With Jay Gruden taking over as the Washington Redskins head coach, Sean McDermott will remain the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator for now.

McDermott interviewed with Washington during the Panthers’ bye week, and the Redskins announced Gruden, the former Bengals offensive coordinator, as their coach Thursday.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there was a sense of relief and closure with Gruden getting hired in Washington.

“Yes, without a doubt. It’s something that’s not going to be hanging over us obviously because Sean did interview, and deservedly so,” Rivera said. “But at the same time knowing that they’re going in another direction, that it’s no longer a question, I think that helps us. The players didn’t really talk about it but I know some of the players were thinking about it. That’s a plus for us.”

McDermott not getting the job doesn’t guarantee he’ll be back with the Panthers in the 2014 season, but Rivera said he did not know of any other pending interviews for McDermott.

Tennessee, Cleveland, Minnesota and Detroit all have head coaching vacancies.

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