The Jacksonville Jaguars have zeroed in on Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell to become their next defensive coordinator, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The two sides are currently working on finalizing a contract, per Garafolo.
Caldwell spent the last three seasons as the Buccaneers’ inside linebackers coach, playing a critical role in the development of Pro Bowl linebacker Devin White alongside long-time Bucs star linebacker Lavonte David.
Prior to his time with Tampa Bay, Caldwell coached inside linebackers for the New York Jets from 2015-18 while Todd Bowles, now the Bucs’ defensive coordinator, was the Jets’ head coach.
The #Jaguars are working on a deal to hire #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
The Jaguars plan to hire Bucs LB coach Mike Caldwell as their new defensive coordinator, per source. This deal is expected to get done, as @MikeGarafolo said earlier.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 8, 2022