Panthers agree to terms with Jim Caldwell
And those are their ages, not their uniform numbers…Jim Caldwell is 68 years old, and Dom Capers, is 72 years old…The Panthers feel like the experience over youth, is going to lead to a winning combination, in their coaching departments….Jim Caldwell, former head coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and also former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and the Detroit Lions….Jim Caldwell, one of the good guys in the NFL….
from Darin Gantt, with Panthers.com/www.panthers.com
CHARLOTTE — New Panthers head coach Frank Reich added more experience and perspective to his first staff by adding one of his mentors in the game.
The Panthers agreed to terms Tuesday with Jim Caldwell to become senior assistant.
He’ll report directly to Reich and will help the team on offense, defense, and special teams.
The 68-year-old Caldwell was one of nine coaches to interview for the Panthers’ head coaching opening and the second from that group to join Reich’s staff (along with defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero).
Caldwell was there when Reich got one of his early looks into the coaching business. He was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach under Tony Dungy when Reich began as a coaching intern with the Colts in 2006.
They won Super Bowl rings together that year, and Reich became the quarterbacks coach when Caldwell took over as Colts head coach for Tony Dungy upon his retirement.
Caldwell also served as head coach of the Lions, with a 62-50 record in seven seasons. He went to the playoffs four times (taking the Colts to the Super Bowl) and had five winning seasons. One of his two losing seasons came in the post-Peyton Manning season in Indianapolis when the future Hall of Fame quarterback was out with a neck injury.
Caldwell also won a Super Bowl ring as offensive coordinator in Baltimore.
Along with the addition of quarterbacks coach Josh McCown, the Panthers are putting together an impressive staff on offense around Reich. They also added former Panthers head coach Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant for Evero, giving this staff the kind of experience they’ve lacked in recent years.