As expected, Eagles alums Mike Zordich and Mike Caldwell yesterday took the next step toward becoming coordinators. And, by doing so, assumed responsibility for the Eagles' most demanding tasks.
Zordich, 47, was promoted from defensive quality control coach to defensive backs/safeties. He joined the staff in 2009 as an intern. Both seasons, he worked with the team's safeties, overseeing the development of Quintin Mikell and rookies Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman.
A team source indicated that Zordich likely will be joined by a cornerbacks coach. Young corners Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson often were targeted this season.
Caldwell, 39, will take over a linebacker corps constantly in flux the past two seasons. Caldwell moved from training-camp intern in 2007 to defensive quality control in 2008 to assistant linebackers coach in 2010, when he helped rookie Jamar Chaney replace injured middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. Significantly, both Mikell and Bradley, the defense's leaders, can be free agents and might not return.