Colts Interviewing Rival Coach for Defensive Coordinator Job

The Indianapolis Colts are interviewing a rival coach for their vacant defensive coordinator job.
The Indianapolis Colts are interviewing a rival coach for their vacant defensive coordinator job. / Norm Hall/GettyImages

The Indianapolis Colts will need to hire a new defensive coordinator before the start of next season after Matt Ebeflus landed the Chicago Bears head coaching job. Their list of candidates seems to be growing by the day as Jim Schwartz of the Tennessee Titans is now set to be interviewed.

Colts Defensive Coordinator

Schwartz joined the Titans as a senior defensive assistant prior to the 2021 season after spending five years as the Philadelphia Eagles' DC. It was there that he worked alongside Colts head coach Frank Reich and helped guide the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.

The 55-year-old has just about as much NFL experience as any possible candidate. Schwartz joined the Cleveland Browns as a personnel scout in 1993 and began working his way through the ranks. He was eventually hired to be the Detroit Lions head coach and posted a 29-51 record from 2009-13.

Overall, Schwartz has fielded a top-10 unit in yards allowed six times during his 14 total seasons spent as a DC. He has built a reputation for centering his defense around dominant defensive line play, which is something he'd have in Indianapolis thanks to two-time Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner.

While it's not often you see a team interview someone on a divisional rival's staff, the Colts seem to have no issue with it. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen and Washington defensive backs coach Chris Harris are also reportedly in the mix to be hired in Indianapolis.

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