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Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with the officials during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Lions beat the Browns 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Schwartz

Currently – league consultant

Schwartz has been coaching since 1989 where he started at the college level and then moved to the NFL with Cleveland Browns in 1993 as a scout. He later joined the Ravens as a linebackers coach and eventually became the defensive coordinator of the Titans from 2001-2008 leaving to become the head coach of the Lions in 2009.

For five seasons Schwartz tried to turn around the perennial losers but he posted only one season above .500, a 10-6 season in 2011. Schwartz’ defenses however were very good and when he was eventually fired from Detroit following the 2013 season, he took over a Bills defense that was in need of change. The Bills became one of the better defenses in the league in his one season with the team.

Schwartz left Buffalo following the 2014 season and when he wasn’t offered another head coaching job took a job with the league as a consultant. Earlier this year it was reported that the Dolphins had reached out to him to take over their defense after the firing of Kevin Coyle but Schwartz declined.

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