Eagles hire ex-Lions coach Jim Schwartz as DC

The Eagles have hired former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz to be their defensive co-ordinator. (Paul Sancya/AP)

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles have hired former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz to be their defensive co-ordinator.

Schwartz was the first assistant brought in by new head coach Doug Pederson. He last coached in 2014 as Buffalo’s defensive co-ordinator.

Schwartz was 29-51 as Detroit’s coach from 2009-13. He led the Bills to the No. 4 ranking on defence in 2014. Schwartz was Tennessee’s defensive co-ordinator for eight seasons before going to Detroit.

Pederson announced the hiring at his introductory news conference on Tuesday. Pederson also said he would retain from Chip Kelly’s staff offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and special teams coach Dave Fipp. Running backs coach Duce Staley also is expected to remain.