Monday, February 07, 2011

Eagles fill out defensive coaching staff by promoting Caldwell, Zordich

The Philadelphia Eagles filled out their defensive coaching staff by promoting former players Mike Caldwell and Michael Zordich.

A former linebacker and special teams stalwart with the Eagles, Caldwell was named the team's linebackers coach after serving as the 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 was named secondary/safeties coach. He 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 ninth 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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