Three months after resigning from his post as Eagles defensive coordinator—a position he held for five years—Jim Schwartz has finally landed on his feet, resurfacing in Tennessee as a senior defensive assistant on Mike Vrabel’s staff. Schwartz is no stranger to Nashville, having coached under Jeff Fisher, first as a defensive assistant before graduating to coordinator status, from 1999-2008.
Schwartz had hinted at taking a sabbatical following his hectic final season in Philadelphia, but the opportunity to return to where his career blossomed in the early 2000s was too good to pass up. He’ll report to first-time coordinator Shane Bowen (20 years Schwartz’s junior), who the Titans promoted from outside linebackers coach this offseason. Vrabel served as his own defensive coordinator in 2020 following Dean Pees’ retirement a year earlier.
The 54-year-old has been a league fixture since the early 90s, when Schwartz began his NFL career as a Cleveland Browns scout under then-coach Bill Belichick. The defensive prodigy has appeared in two Super Bowls, winning his lone title with Philadelphia in 2017. In between coordinating stints, Schwartz reigned as Lions head coach from 2009-2013. Schwartz’s tenure in the Motor City was largely unsuccessful (he inherited a team that went 0-16 the year prior to his arrival), though he did reach the playoffs on one occasion with Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh leading Detroit to a surprise Wild Card berth in 2011.
With Schwartz elsewhere, defensive coordinator duties in Philadelphia will fall to 37-year-old Jonathan Gannon, a former cornerbacks coach for Indianapolis.