Report: Jim Schwartz to step down as Defensive Coordinator
The coaching changes in Philadelphia have begun. According to reports, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will not be returning to the Eagles next season. Schwartz is letting his contract expire and take a year off from coaching. Sunday’s game against Washington will be his last in Philadelphia.
This comes as somewhat of a shock. Many expected coaching shakeups in Philadelphia but not before the season was over. Schwartz has been the Eagles DC for several seasons. Jim was hired in January of 2016 and helped lead the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.
His schemes have always been controversial in the eyes of Eagles fans. While not always dealt the best hand, there were still some moves that didn’t sit right with some. Most notably, was the lack of presence from decent linebackers and relying on a dominant defensive line to get the job done.
It was reported that Schwartz was approached for an extension before deciding he needed to step away due to his health in the short term. Schwartz, 54 has been a coach in the league for 32 years and was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. It is unknown currently who will fill his role in Philadelphia next season.
The Eagles are currently 4-10-1 and host the Washington Football team for their season finale tomorrow night. While this was unexpected so soon, it certainly isn’t the last coaching change this offseason.
Mandatory Credit: Jeff Fusco