Morning Roar: Why Marrone hired Schwartz

February, 21, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- When Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone went hunting for a new defensive coordinator last month, he had one easy thought in his head: Who did he hate facing during an NFL season?

He remembered going against Jim Schwartz when Schwartz coordinated the Tennessee Titans defense. He remembered he had a difficult time, knew Schwartz was recently available after being fired by the Detroit Lions and chose to bring him aboard as the Bills' new defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Pettine.

"I was familiar with Jim when he was with the Titans. We had played against him, had a difficult time, came on the short side of that game," Marrone said Thursday. "But also in my experience, having been down there with Mike Munchak and the late Mike Heimerdinger, I'd gotten to know Jim through them.

"I knew how he worked, knew how he prepared. I knew he was difficult schematically to go against, and I knew he was a good fit and a great move by our organization."

Schwartz and Buffalo will face the Lions both in the preseason and regular season, both at Ford Field. There is even a chance Schwartz's regular season return could be the Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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