Report: Jim Schwartz to consult with NFL officials in 2015

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Former Lions head coach and Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz didn’t land a job on a coaching staff for the 2015 season and said that he’d reached a point in his career where he “can be selective about opportunities.”

Schwartz also said that he was confident that an appealing opportunity will present itself to him at some point in the future and it appears he’s found a way to stay busy and around the game until that happens. Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that Schwartz will serve as a consultant for the league’s officiating department.

It would be the first time that Schwartz will work directly with the league’s officials, although he’s had an impact on that office in the past. During a Thanksgiving game in 2012, Schwartz threw a red flag to assert that Texans running back Justin Forsett was down a short way into what was ruled an 81-yard touchdown. League rules at the time were that throwing the challenge flag negated the automatic review of a scoring play, but the rule was changed during the next offseason to ensure the play would still be reviewed even if a coach was overzealous with his challenge.

Per Marvez, Schwartz’s main role will be “to help provide a coach’s perspective with some of the decisions made by the officiating office” and the aforementioned rule change probably takes care of one big suggestion that Schwartz would have made from a coach’s point of view.

29 responses to “Report: Jim Schwartz to consult with NFL officials in 2015

  1. The Belichick coaching tree has had little success. Just going off of facts.

  2. This would have been a great idea, if only Schwartz had half a clue as a coach.

  3. Aside from his emotional tirades, actually a really smart guy, so this may work out better than anyone might expect.

  4. The Belichick coaching tree has had little success. Just going off of facts.
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    Neither have a lot of his players when they have gone on to other teams. That just proves what a genius that he is to find what you can do well and harness your skills. Proves that he is the greatest of all times. Just going off facts.

  5. No one from buffalo will say Jim Schwartz was a bad coach…he took an awful defense and made it top 5 in one year…he may have had his issues in Detroit…but i’d be happy if he were coaching defense on my team…the league will be better with his advice…

  6. Luvnlfe – they were not an awful defense. Had an awful d coach before is all

  7. Maybe he could point out to the officials that if they are sleeping on the job the teams will slip underinflated balls into the game.

  8. Maybe he should watch the officials so they don’t inflate balls to 16psi.

  9. @cross300

    Lombardi never lost a super bowl, was never fired from a head coaching job, was never penalized for cheating, built men of character. Lets use Bart Starr as an example, although there were many more.

    Belechik on the other hand……well even the dumbest patriots fan would get it.

  10. Didn’t Schwartz get penalized for not knowing the rule that you can’t challenge certain plays and get penalized if you throw the red flag on one of them ?

    Yeah, a guy who doesn’t even fully know the rules is really going to help with the officiating all right.

    Huge double facepalm.

  11. “Lombardi never lost a super bowl, was never fired from a head coaching job, was never penalized for cheating,”

    Yeah Lombardi coached a grand total of 2 Super Bowls, Belichick has coached 6 as a head coach and at least 2 others as an assistant coach and has 6 Super Bowl Victories out of 8 appearances.

    Secondly, the football Gods only know what win at all cost Lombardi pulled behind the scenes that the technology of the day had zero chance of discovering. Not to mention American weren’t the whiny little collection of children they are now about every tiny little road bump.

  12. If the league’s officiating department has money to hire consultants maybe they can fine a few bucks for a pressure gauge that reads within 5 PSI of the correct pressure and send it out for calibration every once in awhile.

  13. @harrisonhits2

    In addition, playoff money in Lombardi’s day in a lot of cases GREATLY surpassed what players were making salary wise. They needed & badly wanted that playoff $$$. In today’s NFL, playoff money is a stiff fine. The players make so much more money that although the extra playoff money is nice, it isn’t needed to LIVE as it was in 1964-5-6-7-8. Players back then worked a summer job & played football in the winter. The postseason money meant a lot more than today. Which makes what BB has done all that more impressive.

  14. @harrisonhits2

    LMAO you Patriot fans love to embellish and don’t care for facts.

    Lombardi, 5 NFL championships, I won’t go into the assistant coaching championships he had with the Giants, that’s foolish.

    Men of Character, Can’t really think of any on the Pats. Could make a long list on Packer teams coached by Lombardi and guys on the Redskins too. He made them men, not like whats going on in New England.

    There is a reason its called the Lombardi trophy and they will never have an NFL trophy named after Belichik

  15. How is this a good idea? Inept and Overwhelmed consulting with Inept and Overwhelmed. At least they’ve got a lot in common.

  16. luvnlfe says:
    May 25, 2015 2:14 PM
    No one from buffalo will say Jim Schwartz was a bad coach…he took an awful defense and made it top 5 in one year…he may have had his issues in Detroit…but i’d be happy if he were coaching defense on my team…the league will be better with his advice…

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    Well, now that’s not really true. They were a pretty crappy D 2 years before Schwartz came in. It was actually Mike Pettine that really turned that defense around. They went from bad to really good in his first and only season with Buffalo before taking the HC job in Cleveland. Then Jim Schwartz took over last season and really improved the run defense (but Spikes and Dareus were also a big part that too). Schwartz made some tweaks to Pettine’s system and helped them over the hump. But I still give Pettine a ton of credit because I consider him to be the one who really turned that D around. Well, him and Doug Whaley/Buddy Nix.

  17. @harrisonhits52

    “Lombardi never lost a super bowl, was never fired from a head coaching job, was never penalized for cheating,”

    Yeah Lombardi coached a grand total of 2 Super Bowls, Belichick has coached 6 as a head coach and at least 2 others as an assistant coach and has 6 Super Bowl Victories out of 8 appearances.

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    Lombardi was an assistant of the NY Giants for the 1956 title. He then led the Packers to 5 titles; 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 (Super Bowl 1) and 1967 (Super Bowl 2). His only title loss was in 1960. He then left GB for Washington to be their head coach and had their 1st winning record in 14 years. He unfortunately died shortly thereafter.

    Needless to say, Lombardi won 5 titles in 7 years at GB. Or 5 titles in 8 years if you count his title loss in 1960.

    I think it is well documented the type of man he was; very much a family man. He was quoted as saying, “There are three things that are important to every man in this locker room. His God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.” His priorities were spot on. It’s just a shame you have to put Lombardi into current events of those cheating. That is pretty much a low blow to him. IMHO.

  18. Brilliant coach, big motivator, honest and respectful to players and officials alike. He would never cheat like Bellichik or Vince Lombardi..

  19. Jim to a an 0-16 team and went 10-6 with it in 3 years. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, but other than that he’s a really smart guy.

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