4E Sports Staff
Philadelphia, PA, United States (NewsBahn) – New Philadelpha Eagles head coach Doug Pederson isn’t wasting time assembling his staff, announcing the hiring of a defensive coordinator in Jim Schwartz at his own introductory press conference.
Pederson likes Schwartz’s resume coming into the job.
“I’m excited to have him, his track record, his defenses that have led the National Football League,” Pederson said. “I’ve had a chance to coach against him, and I’m glad he’s on our team now. And so I’m honored to have him to be a part of my staff.”
Schwartz, an ex Lions head coach, said he’ll be working with a solid group of players.
“This is a very talented defensive group,” Schwartz said. “There’s talent at all three levels of this defense — up front, linebackers and in the secondary. That made it easy to say yes.
“I’ve never labeled myself a ‘scheme’ guy or a ‘system’ guy. System is more of a way of operating. The guiding principle of any kind of system I’ve run is to let the players do what they do the best. The last thing you want to do as a coach is force-feed a scheme to a bunch of players.”