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Jim Schwartz: 'I have given my heart and soul to the game of football'

Jim Schwartz announced on Thursday that he will not return as Eagles defensive coordinator in 2021.

"I would like to express my gratitude to Jeffrey Lurie, Coach Pederson, and Howie Roseman, as well as the entire football staff and the many coaches and players I had the honor of working with. This has been an incredible five-year run and I relished every moment of it. I feel especially indebted to guys like Fletcher (Cox), BG (Brandon Graham), Rodney (McLeod), and Jalen (Mills), who I had the privilege of coaching all five seasons, as well as Nate (Gerry), DB (Derek Barnett), Vinny (Curry), and many others who I celebrated a Super Bowl Championship with," Schwartz said Thursday in a statement.

"I enjoyed working for this organization and coaching in the City of Philadelphia. I have given my heart and soul to the game of football, not just over the last five years here, but throughout my 32 years as a coach. Although my passion for the game remains strong, it is best for me to step back from the day-to-day of coaching for the time being. I have too much respect for the game and for everybody involved to compromise the level of commitment that I believe is necessary to do the job. I don't know what my future holds, but I am willing to do anything I can to help this organization in any way. Thank you again to the City of Philadelphia and to the Eagles for an incredible five years. My family and I will never forget our time here."

Hired by the Eagles in 2016, Schwartz concluded his 27th NFL season and 14th as a coordinator in 2020. The Eagles' defense ranked in the top 15 in Football Outsiders' advanced metrics in each of Schwartz's five seasons, including top-five finishes in both 2016 and the Super Bowl Championship campaign of 2017.

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