The Dolphins today confirmed that the team has interviewed Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz for Miami's vacant head coaching position.
Schwartz just concluded his ninth season with the Titans and seventh as defensive coordinator. He was elevated from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator in January of 2001. In addition to coaching the linebackers in 2000, he also coordinated the team's third-down package, which led the NFL in third-down efficiency, with opponents converting only 30.8% (68/221) of their third-down chances. Schwartz originally joined the Titans coaching staff in 1999 as defensive assistant/quality control.
Prior to joining the Titans, Schwartz spent three years as an assistant/quality control coach with the Baltimore Ravens. While in Baltimore, Schwartz also coached the Ravens' outside linebackers. Prior to the Browns moving to Baltimore, he spent three years in the Cleveland Browns' personnel department, serving as both a college and pro scout. He also assisted the defensive coaching staff with film breakdowns
and scouting reports. Schwartz began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Maryland, tutoring the Terrapins' linebackers from 1989-90 and then served as graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota (1990-91). He became a position coach in the secondary at North Carolina Central (1991-92) before moving to Colgate (1992) as linebackers coach.
A native of Baltimore, Md. (6/2/66), Schwartz was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Hoyas of Georgetown University, where he earned his degree in Economics. He also received Distinguished Economics Graduate honors at Georgetown and earned numerous honors in 1988, including Division III CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-America, All-America, and team captain.
An avid chess player, Jim and his wife, Kathy, reside in Brentwood, Tenn., with twins Christian (6) and Alison (6) and Maria (4).
Jim Schwartz Coaching Ledger
2001-07: Defensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
2000: Linebackers Coach/Third Down Package, Tennessee Titans
1999: Defensive Assistant, Tennessee Titans
1996-98: Defensive Assistant, Baltimore Ravens
1993-95: College/Pro Scout, Cleveland Browns
1992: Linebackers, Colgate University
1991: Secondary, North Carolina Central
1990: Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota
1989: Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland