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Jim Caldwell returns as Dolphins assistant

Feb
8
2/8/2019 2:27:55 PM
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Former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is on board the Dolphins' staff under new coach Brian Flores, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Jan. 14 that Miami was expected to hire him and, on Friday, the team announced Caldwell will be the team's assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.

"Jim is an incredible human being, a man of faith and a great football coach," Flores said in a team press release. "His experience as a head coach will be invaluable for me. Jim is a great teacher, highly organized and somebody that I have a lot of respect for."

The Flores era began officially on Monday when he was announced as the franchise's new coach -- replacing Adam Gase, who is now leading the Jets -- just a day after helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl as their defensive play-caller. 

Along with Caldwell, who was only without an NFL job for one season after he was dismissed as Detroit's head coach following the 2017 season, the rest of the Dolphins' staff was unveiled, led by offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. Just like Flores, O'Shea joined the Dolphins after lending a helpful coaching hand to the Patriots' championship run and Graham is likewise a branch of the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

Caldwell, who interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Jets, Browns, Packers and Cardinals, previously coached the Colts to a 14-2 record in 2009 ahead of a Super Bowl loss to the Saints. In seven seasons as a head coach (three with the Colts, four with the Lions), he produced five winning seasons, four playoff appearances and an overall 112-62 record. Now 64, he will provide much-needed experience for Flores, who is in his first post as a head coach.

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