Tennessee Titans Promote Schwartz
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Tennessee Titans wasted no time finding a replacement for Gregg Williams, promoting linebackers coach Jim Schwartz to defensive coordinator.
Williams, who masterminded the defense that allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL this season, quit Thursday to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
But that move didn’t catch Titans head coach Jeff Fisher off guard. He had been expecting someone to hire Williams, and planned accordingly.
An hour after the Bills introduced Williams in Buffalo, Fisher trotted out Schwartz in Nashville as his new coordinator.
``Fortunately, the decisions we made the last couple years have panned out,″ said Fisher, who held on to Schwartz after the 1999 season by giving him a supervisory title. ``I have a guy here in place who’s going to take over this job, and I fully expect the results to be the same.
``I expect to be ranked very highly defensively because of the number of players we’ve got back and Jim’s ability to understand this defense.″
At 34, Schwartz doesn’t have much experience as a coach in the NFL.
``I happened to be in the right place at the right time,″ said Schwartz, who started out as an unpaid intern with the Cleveland Browns.
The former Georgetown linebacker worked at the college level for four years, then became a scout for the Browns from 1993-95. After the team moved to Baltimore, he came as an assistant with the Ravens under defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.
Schwartz joined the Titans in 1999 as a defensive assistant for quality control, but impressed Fisher when he quickly learned a defense described as one of the NFL’s most complicated.