Bill Wippert/AP
By SI Wire
July 16, 2014

As the young, brash head coach of the Detroit Lions, Jim Schwartz was expected to lead his talented team to the Super Bowl. But after the team went 10-6 in 2011, they went 4-12 in 2012 and 7-9 in 2013, and the Detroit front office fired him.. 

Schwartz was able to land a new gig with the Buffalo Bills, though, as the team's defensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone. 

Schwartz recently hinted to The Buffalo News that, while he may have had options, he ultimately felt that Buffalo was the right place for him. 

“There was never a question of getting back on the horse, so to speak,” Schwartz said of joining the Bills. “It was just making sure that the opportunity was the right one. I am very confident that this is it.”

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Still, while he might be confident, he knows that if he wants to be a head coach again some day, he needs to prove his worth all over again. 

“I’ve got to prove myself all over again. That’s exciting. I think that’ll bring out the best in players and the best in coaches. This is a tremendous opportunity for a defensive coach. I think there are some real positives here that we can build on,” Schwartz said.

At just 48 years old, Schwartz has plenty of time to prove himself and land another head coaching job, as long as he coaches well enough to deserve it 

Jack Jorgensen

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