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Jim Schwartz | DT

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (50) / 6/2/1966
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New DC Jim Schwartz confirmed the Eagles will use a 4-3 scheme on defense.
"I looked at the players," said Schwartz, whose background is primarily with 4-3s and the Wide 9. "I think we can help them out, put them in maybe in a little bit different position and emphasize their strengths a little bit more." Philadelphia's defense underachieved with Billy Davis at the reigns, but should be in for a bounce-back year with Schwartz calling the shots. The Eagles still have a ton of talent in the front seven. Jan 29 - 1:46 PM

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New Eagles DC Jim Schwartz said he won't decide what scheme to use until he sees how the roster shakes out.

"Scheme-wise, I'm a system guy," said Schwartz. "I don't like being labeled ... I always believe in playing to your player's strengths." Schwartz has employed a 4-3 scheme almost everywhere he's gone and we're guessing he'll do the same in Philadelphia. Schwartz successfully transitioned the Bills from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme when he was defensive coordinator in 2014. Kiko Alonso would likely be the weak side linebacker in that configuration.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 19 - 5:01 PM

Eagles hired Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.

He hasn't put pen to paper yet but an agreement is in place. Schwartz last coached in 2014 when he served under Doug Marrone as the Bills' defensive coordinator. Steve Spagnuolo was also considered for the job but the Giants wouldn't give the Eagles permission to interview him. Schwartz interviewed for the Jaguars' defensive coordinator opening on Monday but ultimately chose to team up with Doug Pederson in Philadelphia. The Eagles will transition into a 4-3 scheme under Schwartz.
Jan 19 - 1:34 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles are interviewing Jim Schwartz for their open defensive coordinator position Tuesday.

It would be a surprise at this point if Schwartz is not named the defensive coordinator, with an announcement coming perhaps as early as Tuesday afternoon. Schwartz was not in the league last season, but he led a dominant Bills defense in 2014. One point of concern could be the transition to Schwartz's 4-3 base scheme, but the personnel department will make the switch work if Schwartz is who new coach Doug Pederson wants.
Jan 19 - 9:54 AM

ABC 6 Philadelphia reports Jim Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday, and there's a "strong possibility" Schwartz becomes the Eagles' next defensive coordinator.

Doug Pederson was announced as the Eagles' new head coach on Monday. His first step will be putting together a staff. Schwartz has also drawn interest from the Browns and interviewed for the Jaguars' defensive coordinator job. Schwartz last served as a defensive coordinator for the 2014 Bills, who finished that season No. 2 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA -- behind only Seattle -- and No. 1 in pass-defense DVOA. They were 12th against the run.
Jan 18 - 5:15 PM

The Jaguars interviewed Jim Schwartz for their defensive coordinator opening.

The Jags are looking to upgrade on Bob Babich, who was Gus Bradley's fall guy for Jacksonville's porous pass defense. Schwartz has also drawn interest from the Eagles and has made his hopes of returning to the sidelines clear this offseason. Schwartz spent 2015 serving as a consultant in the NFL's officiating department to provide a coach's perspective in referees' decisions.
Jan 17 - 11:13 PM

SI's Don Banks reports the Eagles have interest in Jim Schwartz for their defensive coordinator opening.

Schwartz hasn't hidden his desire to return to coaching for 2016, and the Eagles have openings after parting with Chip Kelly's staff, where Billy Davis served as defensive coordinator. Schwartz runs a Wide 9, 4-3 scheme and might change the complexion of Philadelphia's defense, which played 3-4 and man coverage under Davis. Schwartz's defenses in Tennessee and Detroit were attacking, aggressive units with a penchant for racking up sacks.
Jan 15 - 8:36 PM

Ex-Lions coach Jim Schwartz is reportedly "on the Browns' list" of head-coaching candidates.

Schwartz recently made his desire to return to the sideline public, while he remained on the league's radar during his year away from coaching, drawing some interest from the Dolphins when they fired DC Kevin Coyle in October. Schwartz would have to be signed off on by new VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown, who previously served as the Browns' team lawyer.
Jan 4 - 12:25 PM

Ex-Lions coach Jim Schwartz wants to return to coaching in 2016.

Schwartz would almost certainly be returning as a defensive coordinator. He oversaw a fierce Bills unit in 2014. Schwartz seemed out of his depth as a head coach in Detroit, leading wildly undisciplined teams.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 05:07:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "reached out" to ex-Lions coach and Bills DC Jim Schwartz.

However, reporter Adam Beasley can't confirm if the Dolphins were/are interested in Schwartz for their defensive coordinator position. Current DC Kevin Coyle is a lame duck after the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin, but the team appears unsure of whom to replace Coyle with. Adding Schwartz would be all about getting Ndamukong Suh going.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 07:05:00 PM

Bills DC Jim Schwartz won't return to the team in 2015 after Buffalo hired coach Rex Ryan.

The Bills wanted to keep Schwartz, but the "philosophical differences" were too great to overcome. Meshing Schwartz's affinity for the Wide-9 and 4-3 schemes with Ryan's 3-4 simply wasn't a fit. Schwartz will have no shortage of suitors after he guided the Bills to an NFL-high 54 sacks this past season. Ryan will run the defense in Buffalo and bring DC Dennis Thurman with him from the Jets.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 11:09:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Bills in-limbo DC Jim Schwartz is expected to leave the team following the hiring of coach Rex Ryan.

It'd be a big loss for the Bills, though the defense will still be in great hands. Ryan runs a 3-4, while Schwartz is a proponent of the 4-3. That's not the real issue, however. Ryan is bringing over most of his Jets staff and will control the defense. Coming off a tremendous year in which his Bills defense led the league in sacks, Schwartz will be a hot candidate for clubs looking for a defensive play-caller. The Giants, among others, should be lining up.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 07:50:00 PM

A source tells the Buffalo News that the Bills have "every intention" of keeping defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

New hire Rex Ryan is as defensive-minded as head coaches come, so Schwartz would be losing a bit of power even if he keeps his coordinator title. It's unclear if Schwartz wants to stay, or if he wants to pursue a DC vacancy such as the Giants.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 08:21:00 AM

The Buffalo News' Tim Graham reports the Bills consider DC Jim Schwartz a candidate for their head-coaching vacancy.

Last month, NFL Network's Albert Breer mentioned Schwartz as one of the top "retreads" to possibly get another shot as a head coach. But to this point, he's drawn no known interest to outside clubs. The Bills will cast a wide net for their next head coach, but may not have to look far. Schwartz's Bills led the league with 54 sacks and finished fourth in total defense. Schwartz pulled the Lions out of the dumpster in 2009 following an 0-16 season and got them back to respectability before he was fired last winter, but let his team get away from him at times.
Fri, Jan 2, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Bills hired Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.

After his firing in Detroit, Schwartz was a rumored candidate to coordinate Marvin Lewis' defense in Cincinnati, but the Bengals stayed in-house with LBs coach Paul Guenther. Although 47-year-old Schwartz couldn't control his Lions teams, he was an effective defensive coordinator in Tennessee from 2001-2008 under Jeff Fisher. Schwartz has background in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes dating back to the Titans and Ravens in the 1990s. The Bills have personnel fit for either kind of alignment. He's inheriting a very talented young group, and we like the hire for Buffalo. Losing Pettine was a big blow, but Schwartz softens it.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 09:38:00 PM

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