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Eagles Personnel Turnover Proves Blame for Defensive Struggles Shouldn't Be on Jim Schwartz

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia fans spent a considerable amount of time calling for Jim Schwartz's job, blaming him and the defense as the reason why the Eagles have been struggling at times this season.

But is Schwartz really at fault for their woes, or is he just a scapegoat?

Nine games into the Eagles' 2019 campaign, Philadelphia has used 32 different players on defense. Despite that, they still rank top-10 in total yards allowed per game and top-5 in run defense in the entire NFL.

Philly does rank 19th in both points allowed and pass yards allowed per game, but Schwartz should be given credit regardless. The Eagles' secondary has been a revolving door this season, and no combination of DBs employed would change their ranks.

A stout performance from Schwartz's defense in a Philadelphia win this past Sunday over the Chicago Bears has put him in a good place temporarily in the eyes of Philly fans.

Rather than allowing one game to sway them, however, they should keep their eyes on the bigger picture and the many roadblocks Schwartz has faced this season.