January 22, 2024   2 MIN READ

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Birds Interview Ron Rivera, Mike Caldwell for DC


The Philadelphia Eagles’ search for a new defensive coordinator begins with names who are very familiar to owner Jeffery Lurie and the organization.

Per ESPN, the Eagles are conducting an interview with Ron Rivera and Mike Caldwell.

Rivera, an Eagles linebackers coach from 1999-2003 under legendary coordinator Jim Johnson, was most recently head coach of the Washington Commanders for the past four seasons.

Ron Rivera

The Philadelphia Eagles are interviewing Ron Rivera, who was with the team under Jim Johnson, for their DC position


Caldwell, recently fired after two seasons as Jaguars defensive coordiantor, played linebacker for the Eagles in from 1998-2001 – with Rivera has his position coach for most of those years – and coached with the Eagles from 2008-2012 under coach Andy Reid.

Caldwell has other interviews, per ESPN:

Rivera was let go from the NFC East rival Washington Commanders after four seasons as their head coach. He had taken over defensive playcalling duties in the final stretch of the year after the firing of Jack Del Rio.

The 62-year-old Rivera had been a head coach for 13 consecutive seasons, being at the helm of the Carolina Panthers organization from 2011-19. While mostly a ‘CEO’ head coach, he would take over defensive playcalling at select points.

He was last a defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2008-10 and previously made a Super Bowl at the same position with the 2006 Chicago Bears.

However, it was in Philadelphia where Rivera developed his coaching pedigree, serving as the linebackers coach under the legendary Jim Johnson from 1999-2003.

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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