Jim Schwartz, Frank Reich linked with Eagles coordinator jobs

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Doug Pederson will be a first-time head coach for the Eagles, but it looks like he’ll be assisted by a defensive coordinator with experience in the top job.

Former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz’s arrival at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station was caught on video by ABC6 on Monday. There are multiple reports that Schwartz is expected to be named the defensive coordinator this week.

Schwartz, who also interviewed with the Jaguars for a coordinator position, was out of coaching in 2015. He spent one year as the Bills defensive coordinator in 2014 after being fired as the head coach in Detroit. Schwartz’s defense in Buffalo performed much better than the unit did this season and his defenses have generally been strong dating back to his days as the defensive coordinator in Tennessee.

There are also multiple reports that Frank Reich is Pederson’s choice for offensive coordinator. Reich spent the last two seasons as the coordinator for the Chargers, but was fired at the end of the regular season. The Chargers had an excellent passing game in 2015, but they struggled to run the ball and finished 26th in scoring in the NFL for the season.

24 responses to “Jim Schwartz, Frank Reich linked with Eagles coordinator jobs

  1. O man this Eagles cluster is getting better every day. They are scraping the bottom of the reject coaching barrel. The Jags wouldnt hire Schwartz!!! That should be a clue.

  2. Underwhelmed by the Pederson hire but Jim Schwartz is a top notch DC. He’s gonna run an attacking 4-3 which suits the current personnel better than the 3-4. And no, he doesn’t run the Wide 9 constantly like the Eagles tried at the end of Reid’s tenure. He uses it as a situational package.

  3. Schwartz is going to do well. Our defense wasn’t our issue last year. What will really benefit us, other than a sound coach, is not being on the field for 40 min. every game.

  4. As a Chargers fan, good luck with Reich. His play calling was horrendous. If DeMarco Murray was pissy about touches this year, wait till Reich starts calling the plays. Whoever the Eagles QB is will have a great fantasy year though. Lol

  5. I’d be completely fine with Schwartz and Reich. Generally I think it’s usually faulty to rate a coordinator simply by where their unit ranked (personnel has more impact than play calling) but Schwartz has consistently coached solid defenses. As a head coach, no way, but leading the defense… I like it. The Eagles have some talent there they just need someone to kick them into gear. There has to be consequences for mistakes (something we didn’t see with Davis/Kelly) and I believe Schwartz will hold players accountable. Looking at you Maxwell!

    As for Reich he seems pretty decent but I’m assuming Pederson will be calling the plays anyway.

  6. The Eagles starting defense was LITERALLY (verifiable, factually, statistically provable) on the field for THREE GAMES more than the Seattle Seahawks defense.

    Think about that. Let that sink in for a minute.

  7. Eagles will have a top 5 defense with Schwartz. That will not matter much if they lose Bradford with nobody functional to take snaps for the birds. With Bradford, I think they are a playoff team, possibly division winners next year.

  8. The poster that dismisses Schwartz as a DC is foolish. He knows defenses. He cut his teeth in Bmore under Marvin Lewis. He is aggressive and doesn’t back down. His d in Buffalo was better than Rex’s this year. He may have failed as a HC but the guy knows defense. If he goes to Philly the DL players are going yo be very happy. Looks like Peterson has no ego about getting good people. Same as John Harbaugh. That is the mark of someone who will be s successful HC.

  9. Make no mistake about it Jim Schwartz is a very good defensive coordinator. He may not be the best head coach out there, but as a DC he shines. I’m a die hard Bills fan and we would have been in the playoffs this year had he been here. Our defense was among the very best last year. Good hire by the Eagles.

  10. I’d rather Have Schwartz DC/Shermur OC but what can you do. At least if they land Jim a decent DC makes this whole HC debacle pill a little easier to swallow.

  11. Both would be great choices. Schwartz is not head coach material, but is one of the best DCs in the league. Reich did as well as anyone could expect with a massively banged-up Chargers offence.

    Both are an improvement over the Genius.

  12. key2heat says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:10 PM

    O man this Eagles cluster is getting better every day. They are scraping the bottom of the reject coaching barrel. The Jags wouldnt hire Schwartz!!! That should be a clue.
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    Do you even watch Football? or just troll message boards. Schwartz is a top DC, and Philly fans will love him. As a HC, not so much, but he is a great DC…just ask Buffalo fans.

  13. A Philadelphian says:

    I thought Lurie got out of paying Chip Kelly due to offset money? You’re making Schwartz take SEPTA instead of having a private jet; hell even Frontier flies out of here…

  14. Gus Bradley should have made every attempt to hire this guy to fix that awful defense. Schwatz have association with Doug Marrone who is OL/Asst Head coachh Instead Gus is interviewing all other candidates who have no experience as a DC. It is going to be a long year 2016 for the Jags Defense.

  15. ojags says:Jan 19, 2016 7:42 AM

    Gus Bradley should have made every attempt to hire this guy to fix that awful defense. Schwatz have association with Doug Marrone who is OL/Asst Head coachh Instead Gus is interviewing all other candidates who have no experience as a DC. It is going to be a long year 2016 for the Jags Defense.
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    You guys need a new coach.. On ‘Wired’, Gus Bradley is talking to Belichick before the game.. You can tell Gus is in shock, “OMG, i’m talking to Belichick”. Bradley has a little sugar in the tank also 🙂

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