Fmr. Lions coach Jim Schwartz arrives in Philadelphia, expected to be Eagles defensive coordinator

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Jim Schwartz arrives at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (WPVI)

Action News has learned there's a strong possibility the Philadelphia Eagles will name former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.

With the Eagles officially announcing Doug Pederson as the team's new head coach Monday, replacing Chip Kelly, the talk now turns to his staff.

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Jim Schwartz arrives in Philadelphia.

Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia around 5 p.m.

Schwartz has been serving as a consultant to the league's officiating department. According to at the time of his hiring, "Schwartz will provide a coach's perspective with some of the decisions made by the officiating office."

He was previously the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

Prior to that he spent five season as head coach of the Detroit Lions. The 49-year-old Schwartz went 29-51. They had one winning season and made the playoffs once.

Between 1999 and 2008, he was a member of the Tennessee Titan's coaching team, first as a defensive assistant, then as a linebacker coach, then seven years as defensive coordinator.

He coached outside linebackers in Baltimore from 1996-98.

The Associated Press says the Jacksonville Jaguars are interviewing Schwartz for their vacant defensive coordinator position, too, according to a person familiar with the search.

Pederson had served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs under former Eagles coach Andy Reid.

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The Eagles formally announced Pederson's hiring on Monday afternoon. The team will introduce him during a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday.


ESPN & The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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