Eagles to hire Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator

UPDATE (1:22 p.m.): The Eagles will reportedly make the hiring of Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator official. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated had the first report.

The Eagles are closer to hiring a defensive coordinator.

Jim Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday night and will meet today with new head coach Doug Pederson, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. If all goes well, the Eagles will hire Schwartz to be the new defensive coordinator.

Adam Caplan of ESPN adds that the meeting was set to begin as of 9:30 a.m. and that both sides are mutually interested. Schwartz wants the job and the Eagles are prepared to offer it.

Schwartz last coached with the Buffalo Bills in 2014, serving as their defensive coordinator. Prior to that, Schwartz was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009 to 2013. Schwartz posted a 29-51 record in five seasons.

The news of Schwartz potential hiring comes as part of a wave of coaching rumors as Pederson assembles his staff. Former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich is reportedly set to become the Eagles offensive coordinator as Schwartz' potential hiring nears.

The Eagles have also retained four positional coaches: running back coach Duce Staley, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, special teams coordinator Dave Fipp and defensive backs coach Cory Undlin.

The Eagles are set to introduce Pederson as head coach at a 2 p.m. press conference.

Kevin Durso is managing editor for Eagledelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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