David Caldwell (American football executive)

David Caldwell (born c. 1974) is an American football executive. He most recently served as the general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) from 2013 to 2020. Prior to that, he worked for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and Atlanta Falcons.

David Caldwell
Personal information
Born:1974 (age 45–46)
Buffalo, New York
Career information
College:John Carroll
Career history
As executive:

Early lifeEdit

Caldwell was born in Buffalo, New York and attended John Carroll University where he played linebacker from 1992 to 1996.[1] He was a teammate of former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman and former Nevada head coach Brian Polian.[2]

Executive careerEdit

Carolina PanthersEdit

Caldwell began his career as a scouting assistant for the Carolina Panthers from 1996 to 1997.[3]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Caldwell spent ten years (1998–2007) with the Indianapolis Colts as an area scout. He was a member of the staff when the team won Super Bowl XLI in 2006.[3]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Caldwell served as Director of College Scouting for the Atlanta Falcons from 2008 to 2011. He was promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 2012.[3]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Caldwell was named General Manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 8, 2013.[4] His first order of business with the team was to fire the head coach Mike Mularkey who had just completed his first season.[5] On January 17, the team hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as his replacement, who was eventually fired late in the 2016 season.[6][7] On February 23, 2018, the Jaguars extended his contract through 2021.[8]

On November 29, 2020, Caldwell was fired by the Jaguars following a 27–25 loss to the Cleveland Browns and a 1–10 start to the season.[9][10] He finished his tenure in Jacksonville with a 37–86 (.301) record and a 2–1 (.667) playoff record for a 39–87 (.310) career record.


  1. ^ "David Caldwell Bio". Jaguars.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Greg Roman shrugs off lack of head coach interviews". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Atlanta Falcons: David Caldwell". AtlantaFalcons.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Oehser, John. "Caldwell named Jaguars General Manager". Jaguars.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Jaguars fire head coach Mike Mularkey". USA Today. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Gus Bradley named head coach of Jaguars". Jaguars.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  7. ^ https://www.nfl.com/_amp/gus-bradley-fired-by-jacksonville-jaguars-0ap3000000759029
  8. ^ Shook, Nick. "Jags extend Marrone, Caldwell, Coughlin through 2021". Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  9. ^ DiRocco, Michael (November 29, 2020). "Jacksonville Jaguars fire GM Dave Caldwell after 10th straight loss". ESPN. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Schefter, Adam. "Twitter". Adam Schefter on Twitter.

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