Jim Schwartz denies friction with Doug Pederson

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Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is denying talk that he’s angling to replace Doug Pederson as the team’s head coach.

Responding to a report that Schwartz wants to usurp Pederson, Schwartz said today that he and Pederson are united in wanting to work together to help the Eagles succeed.

“I’ll say this unequivocally: I am very comfortable with my relationship with Doug Pederson,” Schwartz said. “I know he’s comfortable in his relationship with me. What I do here is, I work extremely hard to execute the defense the way that he has outlined it for me. Okay? I’m very comfortable with that. Not everybody is privy to those instructions. If anybody misunderstands or misinterprets any actions, just know this; coach Pederson is aware of everything that I do in this building and outside of the building.”

Schwartz, who spent five years as head coach of the Lions, is in his second year as Pederson’s defensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Schwartz would like another head-coaching job, but he insists he’s not doing anything untoward to get Pederson’s job.

39 responses to “Jim Schwartz denies friction with Doug Pederson

  1. After having his players carry him off the field when he beat the Lions here a few years back (DB move), I wouldn’t put it past him.

    He was just what we needed when he came but did not get the most out of what was given to him.

  2. Well that settles it then. Schwartz has certainly shown via his last stint with the Lions that he is trustworthy and has an overflowing bundance of integrity. Ha!

    RE: Pederson better greet him at the Front Door Harbaugh style today and let him know unequivocally who runs the show.

  3. Schwartz is a classic “better suited as a coordinator than head coach” coach, ala Wade Phillips, Rod Marinelli, Norv Turner etc.

  4. If Pedey fails as a head coach it will be because he didn’t learn from either his mentor’s or his own mistakes and ends up too much like Andy Reid. It won’t be because he’s undermined by his DC. If Schwartz were to mess up the defense, how does that help him get promoted? If Schwartz were to coach an excellent defense, the team is likely to keep winning, which is also good for the HC. There’s nothing he can do really to push Pederson out unless Pederson does a bad job himself. Best thing for anyone looking for promotion to do is excel. Schwartz surely understands this.

  5. It’s worth noting Jeff Mclane was not too long ago thrown out of the press box at an Eagles and has been pretty critical ever since, seems it’s pretty convenient for him to break the story.

    If you watched Doug and Schwartz after the game they looked pretty amicable to me, I wouldn’t read too much into this report

  6. They’d be better off with him as the head coach but I don’t see how doing his job translates to trying to take over.

  7. TheDPR says:
    September 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    If Pedey fails as a head coach it will be because he didn’t learn from either his mentor’s or his own mistakes and ends up too much like Andy Reid.
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    Andy Reid has been a head coach for 19 consecutive seasons. He has made the playoff in 12 of those 19 years. He is 115 games over .500 for his career. He is 23-11 in the playoffs.

    If Pederson gets fired, it won’t be because he’s “too much like Andy Reid”.

  8. “It’s worth noting Jeff Mclane was not too long ago thrown out of the press box at an Eagles and has been pretty critical ever since, seems it’s pretty convenient for him to break the story.

    If you watched Doug and Schwartz after the game they looked pretty amicable to me, I wouldn’t read too much into this report:

    Give me a break. He was asked to leave by a press secretary because she felt he was being too loud. You’re grasping at straws here. Have you ever listened to a Schwartz interview? The guy is as arrogant as they come and he doesn’t have the most solid reputation as far as having any integrity. That whole Lions team was dirty when he was there. Let’s not pretend a guy like him who obviously would like to get another head coaching job is above something like this.

  9. Mike Lombardi started this mess. I believe Mike has nothing better to do now that he’s being Kapernicked from the league.

  10. xmatt0926x says:
    September 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Give me a break. He was asked to leave by a press secretary because she felt he was being too loud.

    Have you ever listened to a Schwartz interview? The guy is as arrogant as they come…

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    Re. McLane, mm566 has it 100% right. The guy has clearly had an axe to grind with the Birds ever since they made him leave the press box, regardless of the reason.

    Re. Schwartz, yeah, I know what you mean, but I actually listen to most Schwartz’s press conferences, and the dude hardly comes off as arrogant. He seems pretty humbled by the game in general and especially the mediocre showing of last year’s Eagles D. He knows he has his work cut out for him.

  11. It’s a made up story by Jeff Mclane of the Philadelphia Inquire. He named no sources, and failed to connect any dots. It appeared hours before the home opener against Washington? Clearly this man has a personal vendetta against the organization and even managed to get himself thrown out of the press box during a game. That’s why Pederson got a Gatorade shower after the win.

  12. “and ends up too much like Andy Reid.”
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    As in “winningest coach in Eagles history” Andy Reid? Everything wrong with Philadelphia sports culture was summed up so neatly in that post. Go back to throwing snow balls at Santa and booing Mike Schmidt.

  13. kneedragr says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm
    He’s going to pull a Tomsula and tank!

    Just never pull Tomsula’s finger

  14. Honestly, if I were Schwartz, I would give the press the answer they are hoping for. I would respond “heck yeah I’m after his job. I told him that if he steps down, I’d keep him on my staff”

    Seriously… when media people try to cause trouble, I would just mess around with them to have fun.

  15. Schwartz could never control his emotions on the sidelines as a head coach. He was decent otherwise. He did inherit the 0-16 team.

  16. Seriously… when media people try to cause trouble, I would just mess around with them to have fun.

    I’ve never understood why more people don’t do this.

  17. And on this Andy Reid thing, the last time I checked the guy had no rings on his fingers. His pass to run ratio has always been ridiculously lopsided and his clock management is a joke.

    And if he were still here in Philly, rather than knocking Eagles fans for wanting him out of town, you’d all be mocking him for not being able to win the big one.

    When the Eagles fired Reid, it was time for him to go. The team had tuned him out and his methods had become stale.

    I would love to see Doug win a lot of games, but I also hope he doesn’t inherit the traits that have kept his mentor from the big prize.

  18. When I was little my mom told me if I crossed my eyes like Schwartz is in this photo they’d get stuck that way.

    If only Sam Bradford’s mom had…

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