Jim Schwartz will coach his final game for the Eagles Sunday night, After serving as the team’s defensive coordinator for the last five seasons, he won’t be back.
Schwartz’s defense struggled this season. While it is tied for fourth in sacks (46), it currently is 22nd in points allowed (26.5), 21st in yards allowed (370.8), and tied for 24th in takeaways (17). The yards allowed and points allowed are the most since the 54-year-old Schwartz took over the defense.
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Since finishing fourth in points allowed in 2017, when it held opponents to 18.4 points per game, the defense has trended downward. It dropped to 12th in scoring defense in 2018 (21.8), and 15th in 2019 (22.1) before bottoming out this year.
The defense’s inability to produce takeaways has been a problem for the last few years. They finished fourth in takeaways in 2017, when they won the Super Bowl, forcing 31 turnovers. Since then, they haven’t had more than 20 in a season. They finished 22nd in 2018 with 17, 20th in 2019 with 20 and are 24th this year heading into Sunday’s game against Washington.