Jim Schwartz

Jim Schwartz

Candid photograph of Schwartz standing with arms akimbo on a football field wearing a grey long-sleeved t-shirt bearing a Detroit Lions logo, grey pants and sunglasses holding a whistle in his right hand and a small sheaf of papers in his left

Schwartz in 2012
Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Defensive Coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-06-02) June 2, 1966
Place of birth: Halethorpe, Maryland
Career information
High school: Mount St. Joseph
College: Georgetown
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 29–51 (.363)
Postseason: 0–1 (.000)
Career: 29–52 (.358)
Coaching stats at PFR

James J. Schwartz (born June 2, 1966) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). Schwartz was also formerly the head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Early life

Schwartz was born just outside Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Mount Saint Joseph High School, an all-male Catholic school, where he played football.[1] Schwartz was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Hoyas of Georgetown University, where he earned his degree in economics. He received Distinguished Economics Graduate honors at Georgetown and earned numerous honors in 1988, including Division III CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-America, All-America, and team captain.

Coaching career

Early coaching career

Schwartz got his start in the NFL doing research for Bill Belichick on the Cleveland Browns staff in the mid-1990s. Schwartz served as the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator from 2001-2008.[2] During his time with Tennessee, Schwartz was considered for several different NFL head coaching openings. He was a candidate for the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching position in 2005, but the job went to Mike Nolan.[3] In January 2008, he interviewed for head coaching positions with the Washington Redskins,[4] Miami Dolphins[5] and Atlanta Falcons.[6] Adam Schefter reported on January 15, 2009 that the Detroit Lions had decided to hire Schwartz as head coach.[7]

Detroit Lions

2009 season

The 2009 season was Schwartz's first as Detroit's head coach and he posted a 2–14 record, with victories coming against the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.[8]

2010 season

In 2010, Schwartz saw his Lions begin the season with a 2–10 record, but they finished with four consecutive wins against the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings.[9]

2011 season

In 2011, the Lions returned to the postseason for the first time since 1999, clinching a playoff berth following a 38–10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.[10] Detroit would go on to be eliminated in the first round by the New Orleans Saints.[11]

2012 season

The Lions started the 2012 season with a 4–4 record, but they then dropped their final eight games to end the year at 4–12.[12] They finished in last place in the NFC North, as every other division member won at least ten games.[13] Following the season, Schwartz and his staff led the South Team to a 21–16 triumph in the 2013 Senior Bowl.[14]

2013 season

The Lions started the 2013 season with a 6–3 record and gained control of the NFC North, the Lions proceeded to drop six of their next seven games to end the year at 7–9. Schwartz was fired on December 30, 2013, following five seasons as head coach.[15]

Buffalo Bills

2014 season

On January 24, Schwartz was hired by the Buffalo Bills as the defensive coordinator. In 2014 Schwartz's defense was one of the top defenses statistically in the NFL, and led the league in sacks.[16] During the 2014 season, the Bills went 4–0 against NFC North opponents, which Schwartz had coached against for the previous five seasons. On October 5, 2014, the Bills defeated Schwartz's former team, the Detroit Lions, by a final score of 17–14, in Detroit.[17] Schwartz was carried off the field by his players after the game. Some Lions players, especially Golden Tate,[18] were upset by Schwartz's decision to be carried off the field against his former team. The Bills ended the season fourth in the NFL in points and yards allowed per game with 18.1 and 312.2, respectively, while ranking third in takeaways with 30.[19] The Bills also finished with their first winning record in ten years at 9–7. Despite the success, head coach Doug Marrone resigned at the end of the season and new Bills coach Rex Ryan decided to bring in his own personnel, rather than retaining Schwartz.[20]

2015 season

For the 2015 season, Schwartz took a consulting position with the NFL's officiating department to provide a coach's perspective on officiating decisions.[21] On October 6, Schwartz declined the opportunity to replace Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.[22]

Philadelphia Eagles

2016 season

On January 19, 2016, Schwartz was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles to be their defensive coordinator.[23]

NFL head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DET2009 2140.1254th in NFC North - - - -
DET2010 6100.375 3rd in NFC North - - - -
DET 2011 1060.6252nd in NFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to New Orleans Saints in NFC Wild Card Game
DET2012 4120.2504th in NFC North - - - -
DET2013 790.438 3rd in NFC North - - - -
DET Total29510.363 01.000
Total29510.363 01.000

Personal life

Schwartz and his wife, Kathy, have twins Christian and Alison, along with a younger daughter, Maria.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Schwartz has served:


  1. The Mount Winter 09
  2. "Detroit Lions: Jim Schwartz". detroitlions.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  3. Maske, Mark (January 18, 2005). "49ers Select Ravens' Nolan as Head Coach". Washington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  4. "Redskins begin interviews with Titans' Schwartz". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  5. "Of four candidates, Cowboys' Sparano out front for Dolphins job". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  6. "Schwartz meets with Falcons, prepares to meet with Fins". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  7. The Detroit News January 16, 2009 Lions Pick Schwartz
  8. 2009 Detroit Lions. Pro-Football Reference.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  9. 2010 Detroit Lions. Pro-Football Reference.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  10. Mordowanec, Nick. "Fan Take: Detroit Lions Make Playoffs for First Time Since 1999". Yahoo! Sports.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  11. 2011 Detroit Lions. Pro Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  12. 2012 Detroit Lions. Pro-Football Reference.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  13. 2012 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics. Pro-Football Reference.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  14. Twentyman, Tim (January 26, 2013). "Jim Schwartz's South Team squad wins Senior Bowl 21-16". detroitlions.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  15. Patra, Kevin (December 30, 2013). "Jim Schwartz fired by Detroit Lions after five seasons". National Football League. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  16. http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&statisticCategory=SACKS&conference=ALL&role=OPP&season=2014&seasonType=REG
  17. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=400554236
  18. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24742900/golden-tate-jim-schwartz-asking-to-get-carried-off-disrespectful
  19. Krinch, Scott (December 29, 2014). "11 candidates to replace Marc Trestman as new Bears head coach". Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  20. http://www.syracuse.com/buffalo-bills/index.ssf/2015/01/bills_officially_fire_jim_schwartz_hire_greg_roman_as_offensive_coordinator.html
  21. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000494040/article/jim-schwartz-takes-job-working-with-nfl-officials
  22. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25329448/report-dolphins-reached-out-to-jim-schwartz-about-defensive-coordinator
  23. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000625351/article/eagles-hire-jim-schwartz-as-defensive-coordinator
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