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Age / DOB:  (48) / 6/2/1966
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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. Jan 12 - 11:09 PM

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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.
Jan 12 - 7:50 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.
Jan 12 - 8:21 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.
Jan 2 - 11:49 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

The Cincinnati Enquirer mentions ex-Lions coach Jim Schwartz as a potential candidate for the Bengals' defensive-coordinator job should Mike Zimmer land a head-coaching gig.

Zimmer has a second interview set up with the Vikings this week and is also on the Titans' radar. Schwartz and coach Marvin Lewis worked together in Baltimore back in the 1990s and remain friends. The early favorite to take over Cincinnati's DC duties is LBs coach Paul Guenther. Schwartz has also been linked to the Browns' DC job. He could also choose to take the 2014 season off.
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 10:54:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are expected to hire Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator.

What the Browns are doing, we have no clue. Rob Chudzinski assembled a star-studded coordinator pairing in OC Norv Turner and DC Ray Horton last offseason. Horton is one of the brighter defensive minds in the game. The Browns have told him he can seek employment elsewhere, and he'll have zero trouble landing on his feet. Schwartz worked with the Browns as a scout from 1993-1995 when Bill Belichick was the coach. Current Browns GM Mike Lombardi was also on that staff. Schwartz coordinated the Titans defense from 2001-2008. Of course, the Browns have no idea who their next head coach will be.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 02:16:00 PM

Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz.

In 2009, Schwartz took over a team coming off an 0-16 year. He won two games as a rookie coach, six games in 2010, and made the playoffs with a 10-win season in 2011. But it fell apart from there as he lost control of the team's discipline. Schwartz sealed his fate this year by closing the season with one win in the final seven games, blowing what should have been an easy road to the NFC North title. Along the way, he blatantly lied to the media and cursed at fans in the stands. This Lions job will be very appealing as one of the few openings with a franchise quarterback and gobs of talent already in place. GM Martin Mayhew will stay.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Citing league sources, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Lions ownership is currently "on the fence" about whether to fire coach Jim Schwartz, and is now "leaning towards keeping him."

Schefter is arguably the most reliable NFL reporter out there, but this would be a big surprise after Detroit's late-season collapse. NFL Network reported in mid-December that Schwartz would almost certainly be fired if the Lions missed the playoffs, and they were eliminated from contention last week. Toward the end of regulation, Schwartz cussed out fans for booing play calls. Schwartz's record as Lions head coach is 29-47 (.382) with one one-and-done postseason berth.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 11:05:00 AM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Lions coaches "think and fear" they are out, and that GM Martin Mayhew could also be let go.

Per Rapoport, the Lions' front office and coaching staff are "barely talking," and have been dealing with "big issues." The issues in Detroit are far more on the coaching than personnel side, but Mayhew has struggled to stock his defense outside of the defensive line, and comprehensively failed to find receiving threats opposite Calvin Johnson. A total reset may do a talented roster well.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Coach Jim Schwartz "reluctantly" admitted to cursing at Lions fans for booing the team's decision to run out the clock late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants as overtime approached.

It's likely to be the final nail in Schwartz's coffin as head coach of the Lions. Detroit had two timeouts with 23 seconds left and the ball at their own 25-yard line. Instead of trying passes to get into field goal range, they ran it with Theo Riddick. Lions fans booed, and Schwartz cussed at them. Twice. "(I should have) just kept it in my mind and said, ‘Geez, why’s somebody booing when it’s 4 seconds left in the half?,'" said Schwartz. "'Don’t they know what this situation is and the risk-reward of doing something other than what we did right there?’" Schwartz previously attempted to pass off the expletives as "trying to get my team fired up," which was a blatant lie.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 02:58:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett "can't see any way" coach Jim Schwartz survives the Lions' late-season collapse.

Neither can we. Birkett expects GM Martin Mayhew to survive the Lions' forthcoming purge, but even that isn't guaranteed, and the coaching staff at the very least is in for a massive overhaul. The Lions spent almost the entire season in first place in the NFC North. As of Sunday, they've been eliminated from playoff contention, having lost five of their last six games.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:45:00 PM

According to the NFL Network, the Lions need to make the playoffs in order for coach Jim Schwartz to keep his job.

Monday night's home loss to the Ravens could be the nail in Schwartz's coffin. In order to make the playoffs, the Lions will need to win out and have both the Packers and Bears lose at least one game. Schwartz's team has dropped four of their last five games and are 7-7 on the season, leaving his career mark at just 29-49. He's made the playoffs once since taking over in 2009.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 07:51:00 AM

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