Eagles Hire Jim Schwartz as Def. Coordinator
The Eagles made it official today, hiring former Bills defensive coordinator and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator today, Doug Pederson made the announcement during his introductory press conference.
Schwartz also drew interest from the Browns and interviewed for the Jaguars' defensive coordinator job, but decided on Philadelphia.
"I like this group," Schwartz told members of the media including our Scott Grayson. "It's very attractive, Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry. Those guys all fit that style, they're attacking players, we can get after the quarterback without having to blitz."
Schwartz runs a Wide 9, 4-3 scheme but played 3-4 and man coverage under Davis.
The Bills’ 4-3 defense ranked fourth in total defense in 2014 under Schwartz’s guidance, but regressed to 19th in 2015 under Rex Ryan. Schwartz's defenses in both Tennessee and Detroit were attacking, aggressive units known for their ability to rack up sacks. The Eagles will be doing a lot less blitzing and will be focusing more on their defensive line if Schwartz is running the defense.
He could be a nice fit for the Eagles defense, with Vinny Curry (if he is resigned), Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan, the Eagles have the making of a very good front four. The name of the game for defensive tackles in Schwartz’s defense is disruption, both Cox and Logan could really be disruptive in his defense.
In his first job after his stint in as the Detroit Lions head coach, he lead a Buffalo defense to be top five in least points allowed, least yards allowed and least passing yards allowed.
When he was hired to be the defensive coordinator in Buffalo, here is what he told the Buffalo media the day he was hired.
"We’re an attack scheme," Schwartz told WGR radio in Buffalo back in Jan. of 2014. "It’s a scheme built on the guys up front getting after the quarterback. As much as you want to be multi-dimensional with personnel groups, this league comes down to one on one and I think we have some guys that can do that."