During Doug Pederson’s introductory press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles’ head coach officially announced the first new member of his coaching staff, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Schwartz comes to Philadelphia with 19 years of NFL coaching experience, five seasons of which were spent as head coach of the Detroit Lions. He also served as the Tennessee Titans’ defensive coordinator from 2001-08 and spent the 2014 season as the defensive coordinator in Buffalo.
In 2014, Schwartz’s defense ranked fourth in points allowed (18.1), fourth in yards allowed (312.2), third in passing yards allowed (205.8) and first in sacks (54). Additionally, during his eight seasons with the Titans, his defense ranked fifth in rushing yards per game (103.5) and sixth in third-down conversion rate (36.1 percent).
“This is a very talented defensive group,” Schwartz said on Tuesday following the announcement. “There’s talent in all three levels of this defense, up front, linebackers and in the secondary. That made it easy to say yes.”
While fans and media have speculated about a switch to a 4-3 defense in 2016, Schwartz explained the scheme moving forward will be decided following a full evaluation of the defense. However, Schwartz also expressed that he will be sure to put his players in the best positions to find success because he wants nothing more than to win the ultimate game.
“The one thing I haven’t done is hold a Super Bowl trophy and that consumes me,” Schwartz said. “I would want nothing more than to see Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie hold that trophy, to see that trophy in the front of a parade in the City of Philadelphia.”