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Doug Pederson makes it clear defense is Jim Schwartz’s to run

Philadelphia Eagles Introduce Doug Pederson

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 19: The new Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz talks to the media on January 19, 2016 at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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We don’t know how Eagles coach Doug Pederson will fare in his first year on the job.

But we know he’s steering clear of anything Chip Kelly, and embracing all things Andy Reid.

Among the steps Pederson’s taking in his first chance at being the boss is leaving half the roster in the hands of someone else. He has no problem giving defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz the autonomy to run his side of the ball, primarily because that’s what Reid did for so long with Jim Johnson.

“I think this first time around, this first year, he’s implementing his defense, his structure, his style,” Pederson said of Schwartz, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s the professional on that side. My expertise is on offense. His is over there on defense. So whether I have suggestions or not, it’s our defense. But at the same time, he’s the master. He’s done it for 100 years. It’s proven. Just like the offense that I’ve been in is proven.

“I wouldn’t expect him to come over on the offensive side and make suggestions, whether it be on personnel or plays or the calling or any of that. So I kind of leave [the defense] up to him.”

Pederson and Schwartz didn’t have any background together prior to coming together in January. But Schwartz does have a long history of running successful defenses, and has the head coaching experience Pederson lacks. But the new Eagles boss isn’t worried about that, saying they were clear about their roles.

“There were certain questions I asked about that,” Pederson said. “He fully understands his role, his situation. He loves where he’s at as a coordinator. He did the head-coaching thing. He understands it.”

Pederson’s trusting that it works as well as Reid and Johnson worked together for the Eagles for so long, because he has plenty of other things to worry about on his side of the ball, beginning with the short- and long-term future of their quarterback position.