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Philadelphia Eagles officially confirm Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator


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Jim Schwartz is the new defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. Doug Pederson confirmed as much during his press conference on Tuesday.

"I'm proud to announce right now Jim Schwartz for be our defensive coordinator for the 2016 Philadelphia Eagles," Pederson said. "I'm excited to have him, his track record, his defenses that have led the National Football League. I've had a chance to coach against him and I'm glad he's on our team now. And so I'm honored to have him be a part of my staff."

The game Pederson is referenced here is when the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills played in Week 10 of the 2014 season. Schwartz's defense held the Chiefs offense, which was averaging 25 points per game at the time, to a measly three points through the first three quarters. Kansas City was able to score 14 points in four minutes late in the game to win 17-14, however.

Schwartz attended Pederson's press conference. He did not speak at the podium but he was standing off to the side. He briefly spoke with reporters, as pictured above this post.

“This is a very talented defensive group,” Schwartz said, via “There’s talent in all three levels of this defense, up front, linebackers and in the secondary. That made it easy to say yes.”

Schwartz did not confirm the team will move to a 4-3 defense, but his history suggest it's likely they will. Schwartz's defenses have ranked in the top seven in his past three years as defensive coordinator so this appears to be a strong hire.

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