Jim Schwartz to Eagles: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 19, 2016

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz of the Buffalo Bills before their NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Veteran NFL coach Jim Schwartz will begin his third stint as a defensive coordinator after Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced Schwartz would be joining his staff on Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks first reported the news of Schwartz landing the new gig.

Schwartz paid his dues before eventually moving up to become the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2008. Thereafter, he became the head coach of the Detroit Lions until 2013 and then spent one year in 2014 calling plays for the Buffalo Bills' talented defense.

Buffalo ranked fourth in total yards allowed and points against under Schwartz's guidance and struggled to rank 19th and 15th in those respective categories this past season.

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com highlighted Schwartz's rather impressive track record:

In light of his recent success with the Bills and a lengthy, respectable resume preceding that brief stint, Schwartz has all the goods to make the Eagles better. Seldom can assistants be found with the 49-year-old's level of experience and relative stability in a results-driven business.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports pointed to Schwartz as the "most coveted defensive coordinator out there" who was wanted by most teams needing a defensive coordinator.

Schwartz runs a 4-3 base defense and prefers the wide-nine style. This means the defensive ends are split out wider than normally seen, with the defensive tackles lined up on the guards' outside shoulder.

DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso will be responsible for two-gaps more often than not in Schwartz's system and must be ready to rise to the occasion.

The Pederson-led staff has to feel good about welcoming Schwartz into the fold. He'll command respect and thus increase the likelihood of players buying in fast and making marked, immediate progress.