Jim Schwartz feeling confident in Buffalo

AP

Six months after he was fired as head coach of the Lions, Jim Schwartz is settling in as defensive coordinator of the Bills.

Schwartz told the Buffalo News that he’s sure he’s in the right place, and at age 48 he has a lot of coaching left in him.

“There was never a question of getting back on the horse, so to speak,” Schwartz said of joining the Bills. “It was just making sure that the opportunity was the right one. I am very confident that this is it.”

Schwartz believes the Bills have a lot of talent on defense and that he can mold that talent.

“I’ve got to prove myself all over again. That’s exciting. I think that’ll bring out the best in players and the best in coaches. This is a tremendous opportunity for a defensive coach. I think there are some real positives here that we can build on,” Schwartz said.

If Schwartz succeeds in Buffalo, he may get a second chance at being a head coach. Hopefully with better results than he had in Detroit.

36 responses to “Jim Schwartz feeling confident in Buffalo

  1. Schwartz is right. The Bills have a lot of talent on defense. In fact, they have a lot of talent on offense too, as good as anyone in the AFC East. It just comes down to the QB position and how much EJ can take that next step. If he can’t then they won’t take that next step.

  2. well, your D is getting demolished twice a year by the Pats for the foreseeable future.. might as well go ahead and just mark that down right now.. in pen

  3. As long as Schwartz doesn’t try to rebuild the defense in his own image he will do fine. Pettine laid the foundation of a great defense last year so all Schwartz has to do is keep it intact and he’ll be successful.

  4. Jim was confident in Detroit too.

    Frankly, looking at the Lions before they hired him and now there was a lot of improvement in those Lions.

    At the end of the season, the Lions may wish they had him back.

    The big thing for Jimmy is that the Bills are in an easy division.

  5. From what I remember, he was feeling pretty confident in Detroit…….and we know how that turned out for him.

  6. Schwartz wasn’t a bad coach, in fact he took the Lions farther than anyone had in a long, long time. His problem was he couldn’t instill any discipline in his players or himself which in turn held his team back. As a D-cooridinator this won’t be as much of a problem as it was for him as a head coach.

  7. Emmonsh said:

    “god Swartz sucks ,lol. cant believe any1 hired him.”

    Actually, you couldn’t be more wrong, amigo. Jim Schwartz is like the defensive counterpart to Norv Turner … extremely suspect as a head coach, but the best in the business when it comes to being a coordinator. His superior track record speaks for itself.

    – Titans Fan

  8. Schwartz did his job while he was in Detroit. People tend to forget he took job that absolutely nobody wanted, a team coming off the first 0-16 season. He changed the culture, the mindset and made Detroit a playoff team in 2011. He did his job. He’ll get another shot, and like all coaches, they learn from their first head coaching experience and don’t make the same mistakes.

    He took and job that no one wanted and left a job that a lot of chaches wanted

  9. billswillnevermove says:
    Jul 16, 2014 7:12 AM
    Schwartz is right. The Bills… have a lot of talent on offense too, as good as anyone in the AFC East.

    Your forgetting a division mate…

    Bills are 2-22 against a Tom Brady led offense.

    I dont blame you though, id try and forget about that too…

  10. Can’t wait til you come back to the D!! It’ll be nice seeing the Lions crush your new D. May the Schwartz be with you Buffalo fans, good luck with that…

  11. The Bills will have a vanilla defense just like that boring four man rush theory he tryed to have in Detroit. It just doesn’t work, and with the players Buffalo has it won’t work at all.

  12. The good news is that as defensive coordinator he won’t have to worry about his greatest weakness, the gracious handshake.

  13. He had some good yrs and some bad yrs as DC for the Titans.. But I feel like the good yrs he did have was because of the whole defense coaching staff that he had, and not so much for him. But we’ll see

  14. Schwartz did some good things in Detroit, don’t get me wrong, but don’t give him too much credit. Part of the Lions turnaround was having so many high first round picks that caught, Megatron, Stafford, Suh, Fairley, you’ve got to win with a strong nucleus. He made so many bad in game decisions and was unable to instill any discipline in the team. It’s okay though, he’s not scared.

  15. billswillnevermove says:
    Jul 16, 2014 7:12 AM
    Schwartz is right. The Bills… have a lot of talent on offense too, as good as anyone in the AFC East.

    Your forgetting a division mate…

    Bills are 2-22 against a Tom Brady led offense.

    I dont blame you though, id try and forget about that too…

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    Why don’t u read his entire comment before u comment

  16. “The Bills have a lot of talent on defense. In fact, they have a lot of talent on offense too, as good as anyone in the AFC East?”

    Explain why then do they end up in last place every year? I know “hope springs eternal” but really…?

  17. thelastwordyaheard says:
    Jul 16, 2014 7:28 AM
    well, your D is getting demolished twice a year by the Pats for the foreseeable future.. might as well go ahead and just mark that down right now.. in pen
    ____________________________

    I don’t know if you have noticed, but there hasn’t been any demolishing in the past few years… Buffalo has kept games within arms reach up to the last few minutes with the Patriots… This season is the year they learn to close out games against teams like New England and New York… Times have changed… Buffalo will be taking back their long term reign over the AFC East and AFC itself, just like it was throughout the late 80’s and 90’s.

  18. It’s funny people mock Jim Schwartz, especially Lions fans…he’s the only coach in how long that was able to take that team to the playoffs? Yeah, he sure sucks.

    Look at the stats of his Titans defenses and try to sit there and say that he sucks.

    Some of you are so uninformed it’s funny.

  19. Schwartz did some good things in Detroit? Are you serious, or has the misery given corrupted your idea of “good?” His stay was memorable for going after Harbaugh, and not much else.

  20. stats don’t lie: Detroit was number 1 in the NFL on defense for third conversions. I think he couldn’t handle the head coaching job but as a DC he did great for the titans and great for the lions.

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