The Eagles announced a host of hires and changes to their personnel department on Thursday. Among the newcomers: Former Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell, who is listed as a “personnel executive.” The Eagles also promoted Catherine Raiche to VP of Football Operations. With the move, the 32-year-old is now the highest-ranking female in NFL personnel history.
Caldwell got canned by the Jags in November following a loss that knocked them down to 1-10. The decision wasn’t a shocker, but the timing was a surprise — most figured the Jaguars would ride out the lost season and start from scratch in January. Caldwell was in the midst of his eighth season with the team, which was largely bumpy. After his hire of Gus Bradley and drafting of Blake Bortles didn’t work out, he was essentially demoted when the team hired Tom Coughlin to run football ops. Then, Coughlin was kicked out. But, when Caldwell took the helm again, the team was without many of its stars, including Jalen Ramsey.
Before joining the Birds in 2019, Raiche spent five years in the Canadian Football League and served in top roles for the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes. Now, she’ll hold a top position encompassing scouting, contracts, and player development.
11 comments on “Eagles Hire Ex-Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell”
The good news for us living in Jax or Jaguar fans (are there any?) is we can’t get worse!
Joining the race to be woke…
32 years old is too young
Have fun storming the Capitol.
Sure thing genius, because watching somebody with limited experience get such an elevated position while more qualified people get passed by certainly equates to storming the Capitol. This off-season has been a race to see who can top who with some of these hires.
OMG one of the worst GM’s In football now joins the other. What a JOKE
Ehhh, Caldwell got kind of a bad rap. He inherited an absolute mess, managed to build at least a decently successful roster without bankrupting his team, and then when handed back a dysfunctional mess afterward he managed to recoup draft capital and cap space without utterly destroying the team’s ability to hire a new coach (ala his division rivals in Houston).
Of course, nearly all of this work was undone by ownership in the case of hiring the wrong person in Coughlin to discipline a group of particularly independent players (not to mention the hiring of a seemingly lethargic head coach in Doug Marrone), undone a second time by hiring an insecure and incompetent egomaniac in Trent Baalke to cash in Caldwell’s picks, and now by a new regime headed by formerly retired college coach with commitment and morality questions that looks like a shocked kid in his first candy store. Frankly, I’m kind of amazed that Caldwell managed to get the Jags anything that they did end up with. It’s not like he was handed a house of riches, and he ended up getting them to take the tarps off. For a while.
Soy boy where’s your experience