Former Eagles’ Defensive Coordinator finds a new home in Cleveland for the 2023 season

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks on during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagle on December 22, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Filed in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Jim Schwartz helped the Philadelphia Eagles reach the pinnacle of the football world in 2017 and promptly bowed out three years later.

Now the long-time defensive coach is back in his previous role, this time with a new team.

According to reports, the Cleveland Browns have hired Jim Schwartz to be their new defensive coordinator. It’s the fourth time that Schwartz has been hired as a defensive coordinator with four different teams.

Schwartz has been a defensive assistant for the Tennessee Titans for the last two seasons since his early retirement from Philadelphia after the 2020 season.

As defensive coordinators come, Schwartz is one of the most celebrated in league history. He’s held an upper-echelon defense for 12 seasons throughout his career and has gotten the best out of top players like Albert Haynesworth, Fletcher Cox, and Ndamukong Suh.

Schwartz and the Eagles..

In Philadelphia, Schwartz took over a defense that was consistently one of the worst in football since the passing of Jim Johnson. The Eagles finished in the top 10 in most categories in the first two seasons and held a top 15 unit in three of his five seasons with the team.

During the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, the blitz-happy coordinator helped hold top offenses in Minnesota and Atlanta to 7 and 10 points respectively. His decision to move his edge rushers inside directly led to the game-altering play in Super Bowl LII that gave Philadelphia their first Super Bowl championship.

In Cleveland, Schwartz will get to work with Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, and a plethora of other top players. In 2022, the Browns’ defense ranked 20th overall and 25th against the run. Both numbers are expected to improve under Schwartz next season.

The Eagles had a nice run with Schwartz before he left during the 2020 season. Now it appears their Super Bowl-winning coordinator is back with a new team.

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire