When the Detroit Lions finally laid the hammer down on head coach Jim Schwartz the consensus around the NFL was that he probably wouldn’t be interviewing for any of the vacant head coaching positions this offseason. However, most fans would be more than happy to have Schwartz lead their favorite team’s defense. Well, the Buffalo Bills have taken a chance on the former Detroit shot-caller as Schwartz was hired on Saturday to run Buffalo’s vastly improved defense.
Believe it or not: four members of the Bills’ 2013 defense are playing in this year’s Pro Bowl. Thus, Schwartz is inheriting a group that knows how to do a lot of things well. In fact, Buffalo’s 57 sacks last year were second to just one NFL team — the Carolina Panthers with 60. Therefore, the Bills are likely not asking Schwartz to do a ton in his first year in New York.
The NFL is a total “what have you done for me lately?” league, which is great news for the former Lions head coach. After two or three years in Buffalo I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Schwartz throws his name back in the head coaching ring as his resume will definitely be much improved from 2013. Besides, NFL teams are suckers for anyone who can stop Super Bowl MVPs like Tom Brady, and you can bet Schwartz will have a stout game plan for the New England Patriots whenever these two AFC North rivals lock horns.
All in all: Jim Schwartz deserved another NFL opportunity and he should consider himself lucky to takeover such an excellent Buffalo defense.