Ryan made a lot of noise and boasted with little results. McDermott will be fiery, but he also won’t bring out the bold silliness. Gase was the right type of no-nonsense personality to put in a division with Bill Belichick. McDermott fit’s that profile, too.
McDermott built his chops as the long-time protege of late Eagles blitzing guru Jim Johnson. He mastered his craft under Ron Rivera. Carolina has developed into an elite pass-rushing group. His background in the 4-3 is a good thing for the Bills, because Ryan miscast his talent in the 3-4.
Buffalo should welcome a return to the base scheme that worked very well with Jim Schwartz in 2014. McDermott can restore Marcell Dareus as a top-flight disrupter away from the nose and also maximize the ball-hawking talents of cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore. The Bills fell apart up front against both run and pass under Ryan. McDermott doesn’t need to do much to fix that.
When McDermott walked on as a college defensive back at William & Mary, he learned a lot from a standout senior wide receiver and team leader named Mike Tomlin.
McDermott grew into the same type of captain before he left the Tribe. That’s also where he became a superb student of the game, knowledge that he would use to later develop his versatile scheming.
Remember, even before Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem, all sorts of leaks were coming out of the 49ers about how toxic he, his attitude and work ethic were all, of course, coming in the wake of the divorce with coach Jim Harbaugh that dragged his former quarterback choice down with it. The dysfunction in and around his employers pre-dated any protest.