The Miami Dolphins announced Saturday that Assistant Coach Jim Caldwell will take a leave of absence for the 2019 season due to medical complications.
Caldwell officially joined the Dolphins’ coaching staff in early February of this year as one of the first additions new head coach Brian Flores brought on.
“I will be stepping back due to some medical complications that require my full attention. I want to thank Stephen Ross, Chris Grier, Coach Flores and the rest of the organization for the support they have given me and my family,” Caldwell said in an address to the team.
He will serve as a Dolphins’ consultant for the 2019 season and his status with the team going forward has not yet been determined.
“Our focus is on Jim’s health and supporting him in every way that we can,” Flores said in the announcement. “With his knowledge and experience, Jim has been an invaluable member to our coaching staff and will continue to serve as a sounding board for me throughout the season.”
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Caldwell brought seven years of head coaching experience (Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions), and 17 overall, in the NFL prior to his tenure with the Dolphins. This will be his first role as a team consultant.