McDermott to interview for Redskins job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will interview for the head coaching position with the Washington Redskins this weekend, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday.

McDermott acknowledged on Monday that he was interested in being a head coach and believed he was ready to be one.

The 39-year-old said at the time he hadn't been contacted by any of the six teams with an opening. Among those was the Redskins, who fired Mike Shanahan on Monday.

That McDermott has been contacted shouldn't come as a surprise. He is the architect of the NFL's second-ranked defense, which played a big part in Carolina's 12-4 season.

"Those things happen as a result of good players and good coaches, and I've been fortunate to have both," McDermott said on Monday. "When you win, sometimes good things happen and people get opportunities. If that happens, so be it. That's part of the process."

But McDermott made it clear that his focus was on helping Carolina prepare for a January 12 playoff game against either Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco.

"Listen, we've had a great year as a team, but right now my focus isn't there," he said of interviewing. "My focus is on helping this football team win games. I'm focused on who our next opponent is going to be and figuring out that whole mess."