Eagles promote within defensive staff

Mike Caldwell played for the Eagles from 1998-2001. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

As expected, the Eagles have made two changes to new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo's staff from within, promoting Mike Caldwell to linebackers coach and Michael Zordich to secondary/safeties coach.

The likelihood is that the Eagles also will had a secondaries/cornerbacks coach to complete the staff.

Here is background on each, courtesy of the Eagles:

A former linebacker and special teams stalwart with the Eagles, Caldwell served as the team’s assistant linebackers coach in 2010. Caldwell initially joined the Eagles staff as a defensive quality control coach in 2008. As the team’s quality control coach, Caldwell also assisted with the linebacker and defensive line position groups. He served as an intern coach during the Eagles 2007 training camp, working with the linebackers.

Caldwell enjoyed an 11-year NFL career as a linebacker with Cleveland (1993-95), Baltimore (1996), Arizona (1997), Philadelphia (1998-2001), Chicago (2002), and Carolina (2003). He played in 159 career regular season games and posted 14.5 sacks and eight interceptions, while proving to be a top special teams performer. In fact, Caldwell was voted by his teammates as the Eagles special teams most valuable player in 1998.

A former hard-hitting safety with the Eagles, Zordich originally joined Philadelphia’s coaching staff as an intern in 2009 before being promoted to defensive quality control coach in 2010. Prior to joining the Eagles, Zordich had been hired by Youngstown State as a safeties coach early in 2009. He also worked as a defensive assistant at Cardinal Mooney HS in Youngstown from 2003-08.

A 9th round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 1986, Zordich played in 185 games for the New York Jets (1987-88), Phoenix Cardinals (1989-1993) and the Eagles (1994-98) and recorded 810 tackles, 20 interceptions, five sacks and four touchdowns.






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