The Bucs didn’t lose offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich this offseason, however they did lose one other assistant to the Jaguars. Leftwich interviewed to be Jacksonville’s head coach and was a one-time front-runner to get the job. As a substitute, the Jaguars employed former Eagles Tremendous Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson. Bucs inside linebackers coach is being employed as Pederson’s defensive coordinator, in keeping with a report by NFL insider Mike Garafolo.
The #Jaguars are engaged on a deal to rent #Buccaneers ILBs coach Mike Caldwell as their new defensive coordinator, sources say. A former teammate and fellow assistant coach with Doug Pederson with the #Eagles, Caldwell is a DC after 14 years as a defensive assistant.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 8, 2022
Caldwell joined Bruce Arians employees again in Arizona in 2013 and was the Cardinals inside linebackers coach for 2 seasons. When Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles grew to become the top coach with the Jets, Bowles took Caldwell to New York.
Caldwell coached linebackers and was his assistant head coach from 2015-18. Bowles was fired after the 2018 season, and he and Caldwell reunited with Arians in Tampa Bay in 2019. Caldwell resumed his duties as Arians’ inside linebackers coach.
Caldwell, an NFL linebacker for 11 years, and Pederson performed along with the Eagles in 1999. They then coached collectively in Philadelphia from 2009-12 on Andy Reid’s employees.
Jacksonville ended up hiring Pederson over every week after it seemed like Leftwich may change into the Jaguars subsequent head coach. However Leftwich didn’t need to work with common supervisor Trent Baalke, and certainly one of his calls for was that the Jaguars substitute him with Cardinals vice chairman of professional personnel Adrian Wilson. Jacksonville proprietor Shad Khan didn’t need to try this and employed Pederson to interchange City Meyer as a substitute.