2. Hiring Jim Schwartz
I almost put this as no. 1. I love the hiring that much. However, I know that I am a defensive guy and slightly bias. I have been somewhat of a Lions sympathizer and enjoyed Jim Schwartz through most of his career.
More than this one move itself, new Head Coach Doug Pederson has surrounded himself with a talented array of coaches. We don’t know enough about Pederson, yet, but we do know the track record of guys like Schwartz. Bury him based on how he finished in Detroit if you want to, but try to remember how much he actually turned that dumpster fire of a team around in 2011. He took a perennial two win team to their first playoff run in 11 years. At the very least he, made an abysmal team relevant again and made the Lions’ defense something to be feared. He also helped make the Buffalo Bills’ defense equally as fearsome.
Schwartz didn’t take the NFL by storm as a head coach, but he isn’t the Eagles’ head coach. He has always been a defensive minded leader and, let’s be honest, the defense is the only leg Philly has to stand on. Sure, there is potential in the offense, but you know what potential means?
The Eagles and Pederson have to know their strengths, and right now, it is a talented defense. Bringing in Schwartz also tells me the value Pederson has placed on surrounding himself with a smart, experienced staff.
Something else worth mentioning: Bringing on Frank Reich was also another savvy move by Doug Pederson and the Eagles organization. Reich has brought some of the best out of Philip Rivers and so many others. He may do the same for Sam Bradford.
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