8 Coordinators Who Could Become NFL Head Coaches In 2015

Vic Fangio

6. Jim Schwartz, Buffalo

Schwartz has always had a knack for assembling fearsome front fours, so it should come as no surprise he’s the author of the top-ranked pass rush in the NFL in his first season in Northwest New York State.

Schwartz was the orchestrator of many underachieving Lions teams that had a surplus of talent that never translated to much playoff success. After taking the gig in Buffalo, he inherited a unit that just lost top safety Jairus Byrd in free agency but managed to lift the unit to among the league’s best.

Given that he has head coaching experience and — to a degree — some success, teams that want a veteran for the position may have interest in giving Schwartz a second chance. After all, Bill Belichick didn’t exactly earn a trip to Canton after his first head coaching gig.

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