It was reported yesterday that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will be in Indianapolis today to interview a potential GM candidate in Chris Polian, but also he will also conduct an interview with Colts assistant coach Jim Caldwell as well for the team’s vacant head coaching position according to an AJC report. Caldwell was considered a candidate a year ago when the Falcons ultimately hired Bobby Petrino as the head coach. Last season, Caldwell also interviewed for vacant positions in Buffalo, Arizona, and Dallas.
Caldwell has previous head coaching experience, working as the head man at Wake Forest between 1993 and 2000. There he compiled a 26-63 record, tied for third all-time in most wins at the university.
Caldwell has been with the Colts since 2002, initially serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach until he added responsibilities as assistant head coach in 2005. He served one previous season as an NFL assistant, working with Tony Dungy and Rich McKay in 2001 as quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Prior to coaching at Wake Forest, Caldwell was a long-time collegiate assistant. His most extensive tenure with a team was 7 years at Penn State (1986-92), working as coach of the wide receivers, quarterbacks, and passing game coordinator. His first coaching gig was in 1977 as a graduate assistant at Iowa, following his playing days as a defensive back there.