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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jaguars plan to hire Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell as defensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Caldwell, 50, will be the first coordinator to be hired for the new head coach Doug Pedersen’s staff, and an agreement between Caldwell and the Jaguars should be reached within the next few days.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network.
Caldwell has spent the past 15 years as an assistant coach in the NFL after spending 11 years in the league as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. He was drafted in the third round by the Browns in 1993.
Caldwell spent the last three seasons with the Bucs under coordinator Todd Bowles. Caldwell was Bowles’ assistant head coach and linebacker coach when Bowles was head coach of the New York Jets 2015-18.
Caldwell has a connection with the new Jaguars coach Pederson from their time with the Eagles. Caldwell was a defensive quality control coach and linebacker coach in Philadelphia 2008-12, and Pederson was an offensive quality control coach and quarterbacks coach there 2009-12.
The Jaguars forced nine turnovers in the league, averaging 27 points per game (28th in the NFL) and allowing 353.1 yards per game (20th) in 2021.