Report: Jim Schwartz Set To Become DC

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

According to Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks, the Eagles will make former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz their new defensive coordinator.

Schwartz was most recently defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. When then-head coach Doug Marrone resigned, Schwartz was not retained.

Schwartz got his start in the NFL doing research for Bill Belichick during Belichick’s head coaching tenure with the Browns.

He landed his first defensive coordinator job with the Tennessee Titans in 2001, and coached there under 2008. Schwartz was hired as the Lions’ head coach for the 2009 season.

In his final two seasons as the Titans’ defensive coordinator, Schwartz’s defenses ranked 1st and 5th, respectively, in defensive DVOA.

After five seasons with the Lions, he was let go after the 2013 season, and became the Bills’ defensive coordinator in 2014, where he coached Buffalo’s defense to the second-best defensive DVOA ranking in the league

Tim wrote an excellent post this morning about Schwartz, his philosophies, and what he will bring to the Eagles’ defense. Schwartz is a big proponent of the “Wide 9” defensive alignment.