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Bills tab Schwartz as defensive coordinator

Orchard Park, NY The Buffalo Bills today announced that Jim Schwartz has agreed to terms to become the teams defensive coordinator.

Schwartz, 47, will enter his 21st year in the NFL coaching ranks and ninth as a defensive coordinator. He served in the same capacity with the Tennessee Titans from 2001-08 overseeing a defense that finished in the top 10 in both rushing yards allowed per game (5th-103.5) and third down conversion rate (6th-36.1%) during his tenure.

Hired in 2009 as the Detroit Lions head coach, Schwartz led Detroit to a 10-6 record in 2011 en route to the teams first playoff appearance since 1999.

We are excited to add a talented and accomplished coordinator in Jim Schwartz to our staff, said Bills head coach Doug Marrone.  Schwartz has led aggressive and productive defensive units throughout his time in the NFL and we feel our defense will continue to improve under his leadership.

Schwartz instilled an aggressive style of defense as the head coach of the Lions, leading the 2011 version of the Detroit defense to 34 takeaways (third in the NFL) and a franchise record seven defensive touchdowns.  Schwartz also led the Lions pass rush to a dramatic improvement in 2010, registering 44 sacks (sixth in the NFL) compared to just 30 in 2009.

Under Schwartzs guidance, Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was named to the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons in addition to earning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors in 2010.

During his tenure as the Titans defensive coordinator, Schwartzs defenses continually ranked amongst the leagues bestfinishing in the top 10 in total defense three times in addition to the Tennessee rushing defense tallying five top-10 finishes. Schwartz also played a key role in helping seven Titans defenders earn Pro Bowl honors during his time with Tennessee.

In 2003, Schwartz oversaw the leagues top rushing defense as the Titans allowed just 80.9 yards per game to opposing rushers. The performance marked just the second time in franchise history that Tennessee finished atop the leagues rushing defense rankings.    

Prior to being named the Titans defensive coordinator, Schwartz worked for Tennessee in multiple capacities including as the linebackers/third down package coach in 2000 and as a defensive assistant in 1999.

Schwartz started his NFL career as a college and pro scout with the Cleveland Browns from 1993-96 under head coach Bill Belichick before making the switch to coaching in 1996 as a defensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens.

Before making the jump to the NFL, Schwartz worked on the college level for four years. He began his career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Maryland, working with the Terrapins linebackers from 1989-90 and then served as graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota (1990-91). He became a position coach with the secondary at North Carolina Central (1991-92) before moving to Colgate (1992) as linebackers coach.

 

Schwartz as an NFL

Defensive Coordinator

      
  

NFL RANK

   

AFC RANK

 

YEAR

TEAM

TOTAL

RUSH

PASS

 

TOTAL

RUSH

PASS

 

2001

Tennessee

25th

5th

31st

 

15th

3rd

16th

 

2002

Tennessee

10th

2nd

25th

 

5th

2nd

13th

 

2003

Tennessee

12th

1st

30th

 

9th

1st

15th

 

2004

Tennessee

27th

18th

26th

 

13th

11th

12th

 

2005

Tennessee

19th

22nd

17th

 

10th

11th

7th

 

2006

Tennessee

32nd

30th

27th

 

16th

15th

15th

 

2007

Tennessee

5th

5th

10th

 

4th

3rd

9th

 

2008

Tennessee

7th

6th

9th

 

3rd

3rd

4th

 

 

 

SCHWARTZS COACHING CAREER

NFL

 

 

Buffalo Bills

2014

Defensive Coordinator

Detroit Lions

2009-13

Head Coach

Tennessee Titans

2001-08

Defensive Coordinator

Tennessee Titans

2000

Linebackers /Third Down Package

Tennessee Titans

1999

Defensive Assistant

Baltimore Ravens

1996-98

Defensive Assistant

Cleveland Browns

1993-95

College/Pro Scout

 

COLLEGE

 

 

Colgate

1992

Linebackers

North Carolina Central

1991

Secondary

Minnesota

1990

Graduate Assistant

Maryland

1989

Graduate Assistant

 
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