Titans announce hiring of Jim Schwartz as senior defensive assistant

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Reports emerged Tuesday night that the Titans were bringing in Jim Schwartz. The team has now confirmed that news, announcing on Wednesday morning that Schwartz will be the club’s new senior defensive assistant.

Schwartz spent the last five seasons with the Eagles as their defensive coordinator, before announcing in early January that he was stepping away from coaching.

Clearly he needed only a few months before regaining the itch.

“We are excited to add Jim to our staff,” Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel said in a statement. “He has a deep level of football knowledge and has overseen a great deal of success on the defensive side of the ball, so it always good to add a quality coach to our staff. This role will provide our defensive staff with Jim’s experience and perspective in the staff meetings and on the practice field.”

Tennessee officially promoted outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen to defensive coordinator earlier this offseason, though he was the team’s de facto DC in 2020. He is expected to call the defensive plays in 2021. The Titans won the AFC South last season, but they finished 24th in points allowed, 28th in yards allowed, and 32nd in allowing a 52 percent third-down conversion rate.

Before becoming the Lions head coach in 2009, Schwartz worked for the Titans from 1999-2008 — first as a defensive assistant, then as a linebackers coach, and finally as defensive coordinator.

8 responses to “Titans announce hiring of Jim Schwartz as senior defensive assistant

  1. But not Defensive Coordinator! And I would stay away from the Titans for now…

  2. fanindenial says:
    April 7, 2021 at 10:28 am
    Once you go Lions, you always have that stink of no success on you

    He won a SB in Philly…. Sounds successful to me.

  3. I love the NFL and track coaches. Schwartz may have failed as a 1st-time NFL head coach in an almost impossible situation, but he’s an elite defensive coordinator and overall coach.

    As a Washington fan, I shuddered when the Eagles hired him (and they won a SB) and laughed when the Cowboys hired Mike Nolan last year (he’s a disaster!)

    He seems to keep missing the musical chairs on the right NFL job. He should have become head coach of a D1 college program years ago (Like Maryland, Texas, Kansas, etc.) and dominated.

    He’s exceptionally talented. Someone will figure that out soon!

  4. For all that is sacred in this world, please do not shake the man’s hand too hard when congratulating him on his new assignment.

  5. Love this signing. Now go get Jim Harbough as senior offensive assistance and let’s relive the epic Buddy Ryan/ Mike Ditka rivalry!

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