If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you had to know you’d see this name.
Welcome to the Jim Schwartz portion of the story. Long ago, believe it or not, there was a section of this Eagles fan base that believed that it should have been Schwartz who was wearing the head coach’s headset. You see Jim Schwartz wasn’t hired by Doug Pederson. He was hired by the vice president and general manager, Howie Roseman.
Schwartz had the head coaching pedigree. Doug didn’t. The belief was if Philly was going to field a bunch of bullies on defense, that was going to be Jim’s doing, not Doug’s.
Philly had a couple of offensive-minded coaches before hiring Pederson (Andy Reid and Chip Kelly), and that made some subscribe to the theory that it was time to go with a defensive-minded guy. A few years later, no one that said any of that admits to saying it now.
The Super Bowl wasn’t an outlier. It was a sign of things to come. Maybe Schwartz has lost his touch. Maybe his voice has gotten stale. Whatever the reason for Philly’s apathy and demise on defense, it’s gotten to a point where it’s almost impossible to defend him for some of the things that he has his unit does. It’s maddening.
We shouldn’t be talking about whether or not Schwartz should be on the hot seat. We should honestly be having some real conversations about why the narrative isn’t he’s coaching for his job. He’s been that awful.