The Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly hired Mike Caldwell as their linebackers and run defense coordinator. Let’s get to know him:
He was the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022-23. He was fired in January.
Big future in Las Vegas?
It was reported last month that the Raiders were considering Caldwell as a possible replacement for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham if he had gotten a head-coaching job. If the Raiders’ defense plays strong again in 2024, Graham showed be a top head-coaching candidate. So, Caldwell could be an in-house candidate to replace him.
He was a NFL linebacker for six teams spanning 1993-2003. He was a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns out of Middle Tennessee State.
He’s been an NFL assistant coach since 2008 with stops in Philadelphia, Arizona, the Jets and Tampa Bay before going to Jacksonville.
Caldwell joins reported new hired Las Vegas coaches, Gerald Alexander, Ricky Manning, DeShaun Foster and Andre Carter as former NFL players hired by Pierce, who, of course, is also a former NFL linebacker like Caldwell was.