New York Giants: Philadelphia Eagles DC Jim Schwartz Gaining Traction on Head Coaching Job
Jim Schwartz has done a terrific job as the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator. It may get him a second chance to become an NFL head coach again. The one job vacancy that is already being talked about for Schwartz is the only one that is currently available right now; the New York Giants.
At 2-11, the Giants will be looking to hire their next head coach for the 2018 season. The team fired Ben McAdoo last week and has defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo serving as the interim head coach. While he will interview for the head coaching job, others expect to interview as well.
One of those candidates that the Giants expect to give a serious look at is Jim Schwartz, sources have told WBLZ Media.
“If (Dave Gettleman) or Eliot (Wolf) get hired for the Giants general manager job, (Jim) Schwartz is likely on both of their short lists to be the Giants head coach.”
Speaking of Dave Gettleman, the former Carolina Panthers general manager is the front-runner to become the next Giants head coach and could have the job by the middle of this week. So if the 66-year-old former Giant executive takes over as the New York Giants next GM, it’s very realistic that he could be one of their head coaching candidates.
Of course, the Giants will need to gain permission from the Eagles to speak with Jim Schwartz. It’s not certain if the Eagles would block the Giants from interviewing with them. Two years ago, the Giants allowed Ben McAdoo the chance to interview for the Eagles head coaching job. McAddo eventually got hired by the Giants and the Eagles went with Doug Pederson instead.
So the Eagles may return the courtesy and allow Schwartz the chance to become a head coach again in the NFL. It’s not the first time there has been a link between the Giants and Schwartz. Two years ago, the Giants wanted to interview him to become their next defensive coordinator when Tom Coughlin was still in town. However, the Buffalo Bills denied the Giants the chance to interview him. Current interim Head Coach, Steve Spagnuolo was given the job that winter.
Granted, this isn’t for the defensive coordinator job as opposed to a head coaching job for the Giants. But if the Giants are looking at candidates who have previous head coaching experience, Schwartz checks off that box.
When asked about the chance to become a head coach again, he said he wasn’t thinking that far ahead. But deep down, Jim Schwartz knows if the opportunity came to interview for a head coaching job as prestigious as the New York Giants one, he’d have to at least look into it.
The 51-year-old Jim Schwartz spent five seasons as the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2003. In that time, he went 29-51. However, his one winning season in Detroit was in 2011 at 10-6 and got the Lions to the playoffs.
The Lions fired Schwartz though after the 2013 season after they went from a 6-3 record to 7-9. After his stint in Detroit, Jim Schwartz re-established himself as a top defensive coordinator with Buffalo in 2014. Then again with the Eagles over the last two seasons.
Schwartz took a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in 2015. Slowly, he got them back to the top of the league over the course of the two seasons he’s been in Philadelphia.
That work, along with the fact that he’s a previous NFL head coach, may get him a serious look with the Giants. The New York Giants head coaching job could be Jim Schwartz’s second chance to have success running things.
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