McDermott: 'Thanks for the players.'
And obviously only too happy to mention it.
Without being asked, McDermott interrupted his own answer at a news conference Saturday to make his announcement. The answer suggested he felt handcuffed after becoming defensive coordinator last year when Jim Johnson passed away during training camp.
"I give the credit to Coach Reid and Howie Roseman and the upper management for recognizing the need to invest in defense," McDermott said.
Gone from the '09 unit are key contributors Sheldon Brown, who had 5 interceptions, and Darren Howard (6 1-2 sacks). Linebacker Chris Gocong and defensive end Chris Clemons also are gone.
The Eagles traded for defensive end Darryl Tapp and linebackers Ernie Sims and Alex Hall, signed defensive back Marlin Jackson and drafted nine players including defensive end Brandon Graham, whom they traded up to get in the first round.