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Jim Schwartz turned Eagles’ defense into one of NFL’s best

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz inherited one of the NFL’s worst defenses and turned them into one of the best in less than two years. Schwartz changed the scheme back to a 4-3 base and rebuilt the defense using many of the same players left from the old regime. He also brought a swagger that’s reflected in his players.

5 NFL teams sack coaches

It didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano.

Packers’ Sitton blasts Lions’ coaches, D-line: ’They’re all just scumbags’

Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton called out the Detroit Lions on the airwaves in Milwaukee on Tuesday leading up to their Thanksgiving Day showdown. Sitton spoke on WSSP about whether the Lions would take a penalty to put a hard hit on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "Absolutely," Sitton said. "I don’t think there’s any question about that. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags. I mean, that’s how they play. … It starts with their frickin’ coach. Starts with the head coach. (Jim) Schwartz, he’s a (expletive), too. ... Starts with him, their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags." Sitton has played for the Packers since 2008. – Detroit Free Press

Niners shake off Lions

DETROIT – Jim Harbaugh charged across the field, lifting his shirt to expose his belly to attempt a chest bump. He extended his right hand to Jim Schwartz for a shake and slapped him on the back with his left hand. Schwartz didn’t like what was done or said – claiming he heard an expletive – and went charging after Harbaugh. What an emotion-filled scene following a meeting of turnaround teams that matched pregame hype in San Francisco’s 25-19 victory over Detroit on Sunday.