Philadelphia Eagles fans can sleep a little easier about the search for a new head coach.

Carolina Panther defensive coordinator Sean McDermott told Philadelphia reporters in San Jose on Monday night that the team did reach out to him about the vacancy after the Chip Kelly firing.

"We did talk," McDermott told Jeff McLane. "We had some preliminary talks. It was clear from the beginning they wanted to go offense."

McDermott also admitted that he spoke to new vice president of football operations, Howie Roseman, the day after the season ended.

 McDermott's acknowledgement of the Eagles philosophy of  wanting to pursue an offensive minded head coach confirms how the search unfolded as the team did only interview offensively minded candidates.

With no formal interview transpiring, this was more or less a courtesy call made by the Eagles to let McDermott know what their direction wanted to be.

McDermott did interview with both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns about their vacancies this offseason, but his time was limited due to the Panthers run to Super Bowl 50.

McDermott, 40, should catapult himself to the top of the list of head coaching candidates in the 2016 off season if he can lead his Panthers defense to a Super Bowl victory.

His time will come.