With the way things went in 2015, some fans of the Buffalo Bills were clamoring for the days of Jim Schwartz as the team's defensive coordinator. And now, he'll be the man in charge of a new defense in 2016.
The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced Tuesday that Jim Schwartz will take over as the new defensive coordinator, and will serve under new head coach Doug Pederson. In his lone season with the Bills, Schwartz guided the Bills to the fourth-ranked defense in the National Football League. In 2014, the Bills came just three sacks shy (54) of the team record for most sacks in a season.
Before that, he was the head coach of the Detroit Lions for five seasons, stemming from 2009 through 2013. Once Doug Marrone opted-out of his contract in Buffalo, the Bills didn't retain Schwartz and went with Dennis Thurman as the defensive coordinator under new head coach Rex Ryan.
Schwartz joins former Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich on the Eagles staff. Reich will be named the offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.
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