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Jim Schwartz’s future with Eagles remains uncertain

Jim Schwartz, Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson won’t answer questions about his defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz with certainty.

Schwartz, who is interviewing for the Cleveland Browns’ head coach position, has been Pederson’s defensive coordinator since 2016. The head coach wishes him the best moving forward, no matter if the Browns hire him or not.

“Jim’s done an outstanding job with our defense and the improvement that we saw throughout the course of the season, so I’m excited for him and his opportunity,” Pederson said, via Reuben Frank of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I wish him the best.”

Pederson also noted that the Eagles are evaluating all of their coaches. Philadelphia has been to the playoffs three years in a row, winning a Super Bowl in the process.

“With all my staff I’m in that process right now of evaluating,” Pederson said. “I’d love to have them all back, obviously. We know what this league is about and any time an assistant coach can get a promotion, whether it’s here or someone else, I encourage that. But as I evaluate and look, we’re only three days removed from the season, so everything’s still fresh in my mind, too, so we’re still evaluating and all my coaches are in that evaluation process as well.”

Schwartz is increasingly looking like a hot candidate for the Browns. With other teams already hiring head coaches, Cleveland remains without one after firing Freddie Kitchens. Schwartz has head coaching experience, making him a viable candidate for the Browns.

Before landing with the Eagles in 2016, Schwartz acted as the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009 to 2013. In doing so, the Lions went 29-51 under his watch and had a brief postseason appearance.