Road to Victory Posted January 2, 2021 Share Posted January 2, 2021 https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/jim-schwartz-wont-return-eagles-defensive-coordinator-takeaways-reactions/3 takeaways from the news Eagles DC Jim Schwartz won't return in 2021 Glenn Erby January 2, 2021 1:08 pm The Philadelphia Eagles will have a new defensive coordinator in 2021 with the news that Jim Schwartz will step away next season to evaluate his future. Schwartz was the Lions’ head coach from 2009-2013, compiling a 29-51 record with one playoff trip in 2011. Here are three takeaways from the news: Schwartz is likely dealing with burnout Schwartz previously took a year off in 2015 in between leaving the Bills and taking the Eagles jobs. Philadelphia’s defense has health with injury and attrition since the 2017 Super Bowl and this season, Schwartz has been forced to deal with serious injuries in the secondary and especially at the cornerback position. After starting out under Bill Belichick, Schwartz eventually was named linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for Tennessee Titans from 1999-2008, before landing the Detroit Lions head coaching job from 2009-2013. Schwartz served as the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator in 2014, before taking a year off and joining the Eagles. Doug Pederson hinted at the move The Eagles head coach referenced Schwartz during his final zoom presser of the regular season on Friday, going in-depth about their relationship. "I’ll tell you, our relationship has evolved tremendously,” Pederson said Friday. "I think we’ve been more on the same page over the years, me just getting to know him each year and understanding him as a coach and a coordinator. Obviously, his defenses historically have been top defenses in the National Football League. Of course, when guys are healthy and all of that.” Eagles defense will have a new look Schwartz employed a Wide-9 front that focused on the pass rush and pressure up front, but his linebacker units and secondary struggled to maintain that pressure on the backend. The next defensive coordinator could be asked to focus more on producing turnovers and big plays, getting away from the bend, and don’t break scheme while focusing more on dictating the pace to opposing offenses. Defensive line coach Matt Burke could be an option after previously having that role with the Dolphins, while Marquand Manuel has coordinator experience as well. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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