Jim Schwartz confirms he’s stepping away from coaching

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After five years as defensive coordinator of the Eagles, Jim Schwartz is stepping away from the coaching profession.

Schwartz announced today in a statement released by the Eagles that he has decided not to coach this year.

“This has been an incredible five-year run and I relished every moment of it,” Schwartz said. “I enjoyed working for this organization and coaching in the City of Philadelphia. I have given my heart and soul to the game of football, not just over the last five years here, but throughout my 32 years as a coach. Although my passion for the game remains strong, it is best for me to step back from the day-to-day of coaching for the time being. I have too much respect for the game and for everybody involved to compromise the level of commitment that I believe is necessary to do the job.”

The 54-year-old Schwartz was the head coach of the Lions for five years and had an eight-year run as defensive coordinator of the Titans before that. He also spent a year as defensive coordinator of the Bills.