Over the past two days or so news was brewing that Jim Schwartz was close to being tabbed the Eagles new defensive coordinator under head coach Doug Pederson.
Now, the news is official with Pederson announcing Schwartz has been brought on as defensive coordinator.
Pederson: I’m proud to announce Jim Schwartz will be our defensive coordinator for the 2016 season.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 19, 2016
This is a pretty big hire for the Eagles, nabbing the guy that basically turned the Bills into the best defense in the NFL two years ago. In 2014, the Bills were pretty much near the top in every defensive category and they led the NFL in sacks with 54 and were fourth in the NFL with 19 interceptions.
Now in Philadelphia, the Eagles don’t quite have the defensive talent that the Bills had in 2014, but there are certainly plenty of good players for Schwartz to work with.
Don’t be surprised to hear Fletcher Cox get even more national notice and a 10 sack season could be in order for Brandon Graham.
This is a big hire for Philadelphia considering Schwartz was arguably the best coordinator on the market. However, don’t be surprised if this is only a year or two long marriage, Schwartz is probably chomping at the bit for another head coaching opportunity.