The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding to an already jam packed coaching staff with another hiring in Mike Caldwell. Set to become the inside linebackers coach, Caldwell will once again be joining Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles coaching staff. In what is now theme for Head Coach Bruce Arians, yet another position is filled with someone who he has worked with previously.
11 year LB vet
Caldwell started his playing career in Cleveland. Caldwell was drafted out of Middle Tennessee State University as a third round pick of Bill Belichick in 1993. After three seasons in Ohio, Caldwell jumped around the league joining Baltimore, Arizona and Philadelphia in the span of 3 years. He ended sticking as an Eagle, appearing in 62 games over 4 seasons. The following year, he went and played in the Windy City for the Bears. His final season was played with Carolina, appearing in 9 games. Retiring in 2003, Mike amassed 521 tackles, 14.5 sacks as well as 8 interceptions (3 returned for TDs) and 6 forced fumbles in his career.
The Student becomes the teacher
Five years after retiring from the league, Caldwell got his first shot as a coach. He rejoined the NFL as a defensive quality control coach for Andy Reid in Philadelphia. The next season he moved to Assistant linebackers coach and finally, Linebackers coach. After a coaching change in 2012, Caldwell moved on from the Eagles to join Bowles defensive staff as the LBs coach in Arizona. In 2015 Bowles was hired to be the Head Coach of the New York Jets. Mike Caldwell followed Bowles to become the Assistant Head Coach and ILBs coach. Caldwell will bring with him a ton of experience under talented coaches like Andy Reid, Bill Belichick, Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In Tampa, Caldwell will have some great pieces to work with. Kwon Alexander will be returning from injury. Caldwell will be looking to get some consistency out of the talented MLB. If the Bucs do indeed start to transition into a hybrid defense, Caldwell will also have Lavonte David to plug into an ILB spot. Arians has said the Bucs will look to attack. Lavonte David had his All-Pro season playing in an aggressive front in 2013. Regardless of scheme, Mike Caldwell will bring a ton of knowledge to these LBs with aspirations to be the best in the league. This staff now has more than one former player with experience coaching, and playing in a 3-4 scheme. Caldwell seems to be a rising star in the coaching circuit and is a welcome addition to the Buccaneers organization.
Welcome to Tampa Mike Caldwell!