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Throughout the Browns' search for a new head coach, ClevelandBrowns.com will break down the candidates as they go through the interview process with the team. It continues with a look at Jim Schwartz, the Eagles' defensive coordinator since 2016.
1. In Schwartz's four seasons with the Eagles, Philadelphia's defense has been a source of consistency for the perennial playoff contender. He took over a defense that ranked 28th in points allowed per game and 30th in yards per game in 2015 and turned it into a unit that ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, just one year later. The defense's best work came in Schwartz's second season, ranking fourth in the league in scoring defense, total defense and turnovers forced and first in rush defense. The Eagles allowed a combined 17 points in their two NFC playoff victories before beating the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. This past season, Philadelphia dealt with numerous injuries along the defensive line but still ranked third in the league in rush defense.
2. Schwartz was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013, going 29-52 and making one playoff appearance. Schwartz took over following Detroit's 0-16 2008 campaign and led the Lions to their first victory in more than a year in Week 3. The Lions won two games in 2009 and added four more to the total in each of the following two seasons, peaking with a 10-6 mark in 2011. Led by young quarterback Matthew Stafford and a staunch defense, the Lions went 10-6 that year before falling to the Saints, 10-7, in the Wild Card round. Detroit fell to 4-12 the following season before going 7-9 in Schwartz's final season as head coach. "It doesn't end well for head coaches in the NFL, no matter how much you want it to," Schwartz said in Oct. 2016. "Sometimes as a coach, and I'm not speaking just for myself but probably a lot of other people, you don't enjoy yourself when you're in the moment. And I think I probably enjoy myself in the moment a little bit more now after that experience (in Detroit). I think it's a lesson you can only learn if you're in it."
3. Schwartz broke into the NFL with the Browns in 1993 as a personnel assistant for Bill Belichick. He was one of five members of Belichick's staff from that era to go on to become an NFL or college head coach, joining Nick Saban, Kirk Ferentz, Al Groh and Eric Mangini. Numerous others, including Ozzie Newsome, Mike Tannenbaum and Thomas Dimitrof, went on to become high-level NFL executives. "I owe just about my whole NFL career to him," Schwartz said of Belichick in a 2010 MLive.com story. "No. 1, for giving me the chance. And No. 2, from the preparation and the knowledge that I gained in Cleveland with him. I think that the biggest thing is preparation."
4. Schwartz spent 10 seasons with the Tennessee Titans before taking on the head coach job in Detroit. He was a defensive assistant in 1999, when the Titans won the AFC, and a linebackers coach in 2000 before he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001. He held that position until 2008, a final season in which the Titans ranked second in the NFL in scoring defense and seventh in total defense.
5. Schwartz grew up in the Baltimore area and played football at Mount Saint Joseph High School. Oddly, three members of the school's 1983 team have played or coached in a Super Bowl. Schwartz became the third in 2017, joining Eric Jonassen (player, Chargers) and Mike Brennan (player, Bills). Schwartz played linebacker at Georgetown University and was a teammate of standup comedian Jim Gaffigan.