The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator, according to a report from Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. Banks notes that a deal has not been officially signed yet, but the two sides have an agreement in place. Jamie Apody of 6ABC was the first to report the Eagles' intentions to hire Schwartz.
Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon and interviewed for the job on Tuesday. It appears he impressed the Eagles, and rightfully so. The 49-year-old has a strong resume. Here's what we wrote about Schwartz earlier:
Schwartz is an experienced defensive coordinator, having spent eight years in Tennessee with Jeff Fisher before taking over the 0-16 Lions. After he was fired from Detroit following the 2013 season, he was Doug Marrone's defensive coordinator in Buffalo, In his lone season with the Bills in 2014 they finished 4th in scoring and yards.
Schwartz parted ways with the Bills after the hiring of Rex Ryan and was unemployed in 2015, but is reportedly waiting to see if a return to the Titans would be possible. This interest in Schwartz clearly signifies a philosophical shift to the 4-3 defense, with Schwartz having run it and the Wide 9 variation of it successfully throughout his career.
The Eagles have run a two-gapping 3-4 defense since Chip Kelly arrived in 2013. With the hire of Schwartz, the team is set to return to the 4-3.
UPDATE: Pederson confirmed Schwartz is the team's defensive coordinator.
Doug Pederson officially confirms Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 19, 2016