The Browns on Wednesday are interviewing Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for the team's head coach opening.
Schwartz, who broke into the NFL with the Browns back in 1993, is the sixth candidate to interview. Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed Thursday, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy interviewed Friday, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh interviewed Saturday and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll interviewed Monday.
Schwartz, 53, has led one of the league's toughest defenses in Philadelphia since 2016. The unit's best efforts came in 2017 during its Super Bowl LII run. The Eagles led the league in rush defense and ranked fourth in the league with 31 takeaways before surrendering just 17 combined points in their two NFC playoff victories. Though battered with injuries this season, Philadelphia's defense was once again among the best in the NFL against the run, allowing 90.1 rushing yards per game -- the third-best mark in the league.
Schwartz was named the head coach of the Detroit Lions in 2009 and held the position for five seasons. His best year was 2011, when Detroit -- led by young quarterback Matthew Stafford and a staunch, defense with all of Schwartz's trademark strengths -- won 10 games and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Detroit improved its record by four wins from Schwartz's first to second season and again to his third season. The Lions finished 7-9 in his final season, giving him a 29-52 record as head coach.
Schwartz was an assistant coach at the college level for four years before he broke into the NFL with the Browns in 1993. Schwartz was a personnel assistant on a Bill Belichick staff that featured a number of future head coaches and high-level player personnel executives. He was in Cleveland for three seasons before moving on to Baltimore as an outside linebackers coach when the franchise relocated. Schwartz's first coordinator gig came in 2001 with the Tennessee Titans, a job he'd hold until 2008 before taking the Lions head coach job.
Schwartz grew up in the Baltimore area and played linebacker at Georgetown University.
Jim Schwartz - Eagles defensive coordinator
Hometown: Halethorpe, Maryland
NFL Experience: 26 years
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