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Reid On Johnson, McDermott

We will learn on Saturday why the Eagles made the decision to remove the interim tag and make Sean McDermott the team's defensive coordinator. We also expect to receive an update on the condition of Jim Johnson, who has been battling melanoma since the end of the 2008 season.

Head coach Andy Reid said in a statement that he has full confidence in McDermott's ability to lead the defense.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Jim Johnson and his family as they battle through this difficult time in his cancer treatments," said Reid. "I have been in constant communication with Jim and his wife throughout this offseason and they are thankful for all the support they have received from the Eagles organization, the fans and the entire NFL community.

"As far as Sean McDermott, we have full confidence he can continue to lead this defense in his new role. He showed great command and presence in the offseason camps and has had an opportunity to learn from the best in the business. He's very smart, works very hard, and has a good rapport with the players and the assistant coaches. He's ready for this and I'm confident he'll do a great job."

- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:36 p.m., July 24

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