21st year in NFL/1st year with the Bills
Jim Schwartz brings 25 years of coaching experience with him as he begins his first season as the Bills' defensive coordinator. It will be his ninth season as a defensive coordinator in the NFL and he spent the past five years as the head coach of the Detroit Lions.
As head coach of the Lions, Schwartz helped lead Detroit to the playoffs in 2011, the team's first playoff appearance since 1999.
· DT Ndamukong Suh has seen his career flourish under Schwartz as he has made the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons. Through four seasons under Schwartz, Suh had 186 tackles and 27.5 sacks.
· During Schwartz's five seasons as head coach, the Lions had one of the top offenses in the NFL, led by QB Matthew Stafford and All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson
- Under Schwartz, Stafford has become the Lions career leader in completions (1,485), attempts (2,497) and yards (17,457). He is second on the all-time list with 109 touchdown passes.
· Johnson also set multiple franchise and league records while playing under Schwartz. He holds the Lions franchise record for receiving yards (9,328) and receiving touchdowns (66). In 2012, Johnson set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season when he hauled in 122 receptions for 1,964 yards. He broke Jerry Rice's record of 1,848 yards which had stood for 17 seasons.
· Johnson received Pro Bowl honors in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was named First-Team All-Pro in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
· In 2013, the Lions' defense finished 16th in total defense, allowing 346.6 yards per game.
· In 2012, the Lions' offense finished 3rd in total offense by averaging 408.8 yards per game and the defense finished 13th in total defense allowing 341.1 yards per game. It marked the first time since 1997 that the Lions finished in the Top 10 in total offense and Top 15 in total defense.
· 2012 marked the first time since 1993 that the Lions defense finished ranked at least 16th or higher in both rush (16th) and pass (14th) defense
· The 2011 defense set a franchise record with seven touchdowns scored via fumble or interception returns.
· Schwartz's aggressive style of defense was also evident in the 2011 Lions with the unit finishing first in the NFL in combined fumble and interception return touchdowns (7), third in takeaways (34), fourth in forced fumbles (17), third in opponent fumble recoveries (13) and fifth in interceptions (21). The Lions also finished third in third down defense (32.7 pct.) and first in defensive efficiency on third- and fourth-and-1 plays (11-of-29, 37.9 pct.).
· In the 2010 season, the Lions defensive line saw a dramatic improvement. Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh (selected second overall in 2010 NFL Draft) earned Defensive Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors, and he was voted a starter in the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Though opponents threw the ball less against the Lions than they did in 2009, the Lions picked up 18 more sacks. Of the Lions' 44 sacks, 39 were attributed to the defensive line, 23.5 more than the Lions defensive line accounted in 2009 which was the most improvement among any defensive line unit in the NFL. The line was also the most-improved unit in the League in regards to sack yardage.
· The team's defense improved overall as a unit as well. In defending the pass, the defense was the most-improved unit in the NFL allowing 751 less yards (46.9 yards per game) than in 2009. It was also the NFL's most-improved unit in points allowed giving up 125 points less (7.8 points per game) than the year before. In total yards allowed, it was the fourth-most improved defense yielding 777 yards less than in 2009.
The majority of Schwartz's defensive experience came from his time with the Tennessee Titans under Jeff Fisher from 1999-2008. He served as a defensive assistant in 1999, the linebackers/third down package coach in 2000 and then the defensive coordinator from 2001-08.
· As the Titans' defensive coordinator from 2001-08, Schwartz's defenses thrived in two major categories that factored significantly in the team's overall success; rushing defense and third down conversion. In those eight seasons, the Titans ranked fifth in rushing yards allowed per game (103.5) and sixth in third down conversion rate (36.1%). The Titans allowed just nine rushers over 100 yards in 64 home games.
· In 2007, the Titans defense completed the season among the league best in the following categories: total yards allowed (fifth, 291.6), rushing yards allowed (fifth, 92.4), passing yards allowed (10th 192.2), defensive points allowed (17.3, 7th), first down yards per play allowed (4.34, first), sacks (40, seventh) and takeaways (34, sixth).
· The 2005 Titans defense was exceedingly young with an average of only 3.5 years of experience and they started two rookie cornerbacks for only the second time in the team's 46-year history. The unit ranked eighth in third down percentage allowed (35.5), ninth in sacks (41) and second in three-and-out drives (31.3 pct.).
· In 2003 the Titans finished first in the NFL in rushing defense for the second time in franchise history and also excelled on third down. They led the NFL by allowing an opponent conversion percentage of 27.7, which was the lowest in the NFL. They also ranked fourth in the AFC in red-zone defense (43.9 pct.), fifth in the AFC in takeaways (34) and it recorded the most interceptions (21) by a Titans defense since 1995.
· In just his second-year as the Titans defensive coordinator, Schwartz's 2002 defense finished in the Top 10 amidst a lot of changes. The Titans defense finished fifth overall in defensive points allowed (282).
· Prior to becoming the defensive coordinator, Schwartz helped with the third down package in 2000 and the Titans led the NFL in opponent third down efficiency by allowing a league-low 30.8 percent.
· Schwartz was a defensive assistant/quality control coach in 1999 when the Titans played in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Schwartz started his NFL career as a college and pro scout under Head Coach Bill Belichick. When the team moved to Baltimore, Schwartz made the switch to coaching and spent 1996-98 as a defensive assistant/quality control coach and worked with the outside linebackers.
Before he made the jump to the NFL, Schwartz worked on the college level for four years. He began his career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Maryland, working with the Terrapins' linebackers from 1989-90 and then served as graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota (1990-91). He became a position coach with the secondary at North Carolina Central (1991-92) before moving to Colgate (1992) as linebackers coach.
Schwartz is a Baltimore, Md., native who was a four-year letter winner as a linebacker at Georgetown University, where he earned a degree in economics. He received Distinguished Economics Graduate honors at Georgetown, and in 1989 he earned numerous honors that include Division III CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-America, All-America and team captain. Schwartz and his wife, Kathy, have twins Christian and Allison along with a younger daughter Maria.
Schwartz as an NFL
SCHWARTZ'S COACHING CAREER
Linebackers /Third Down Package
North Carolina Central