Eagles DC Jim Schwartz plans on taking 2021 off

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The Philadelphia Eagles will need a defensive coordinator in 2021, according to a report.

The Eagles are 4-10-1 and struggling. Now comes news defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz plans on taking the year off.

Per NFL.com:

Schwartz, 54, has told those close to them that he will contemplate retirement after a 32-year coaching career, including 28 in the NFL and a Super Bowl win three years ago with the Eagles.

One of the NFL’s most respected defensive coaches, Schwartz is still thought highly of by the Eagles, who previously approached him about an extension. But after dealing with multiple recent hip and eye surgeries, Schwartz believes it’s the right time for him to step away from the daily grind, at least in the short term, per sources.

Schwartz previously spent five seasons as the Lions’ head coach from 2009-2013, compiling a 29-51 record with a playoff trip in 2011. He received head coaching interest as recently as last year, when he interviewed for the Browns job that went to Kevin Stefanski.