Eagles hire Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator

The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator, according to SI.com’s Don Banks.

Eagles have a new Defensive coordinator in Jim Schwartz. Deal is not yet signed, but agreement in place.

— Don Banks (@DonBanks) January 19, 2016

Schwartz, 49, spent last year in a consultant’s role with the NFL’s officiating department and turned down a chance to be the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator after the firing of Kevin Coyle in October. In 2014, he was the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator and his aggressive approach helped the team finish fourth in total defense.

Given how the Eagles ranked 30th in total defense last year, Schwartz is just what the doctor ordered. Philadelphia has a first-time head coach in former offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and given Schwartz’s defensive genius along with the fact that he has head-coaching experience himself, having gone 29-51 in five years with the Detroit Lions, he can definitely get the Eagles’ defense where it needs to be in order to make them a contender again.

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