Oct 27, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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Titans hire Jim Schwartz as senior defensive assistant

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The Tennessee Titans added Jim Schwartz as a senior defensive assistant, the team announced Wednesday.

Schwartz, who spent 10 seasons with the Titans (1999-2008), still lives in the Nashville area. The 54-year-old worked the past five seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles before announcing his intention to retire in January.

“We are excited to add Jim to our staff,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Schwartz, who has been coaching in the NFL since 1993. “He has a deep level of football knowledge and has overseen a great deal of success on the defensive side of the ball, so it’s always good to add a quality coach to our staff. This role will provide our defensive staff with Jim’s experience and perspective in the staff meetings and on the practice field.”

Schwartz will be a resource for Shane Bowen, who was promoted to defensive coordinator earlier this offseason.

Bowen unofficially led the defense in the 2020 season as outside linebackers coach. He called the plays in 2020, and the Titans were seventh in the NFL in takeaways with 23 and also seventh in interceptions with 15.

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