Browns' LB coach Davis interviews for Eagles DC
January 28, 2013, 11:45 am
Billy Davis, a former NFL defensive coordinator who for the past two seasons coached Browns linebackers, interviewed with Chip Kelly on Sunday for the Eagles’ defensive coordinator post, a league source confirmed.
Davis, who has coached for eight different NFL teams, was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals from 2009-2010. He had also served the same position for the 49ers from 2005-2006.
His father, Bill, was a longtime NFL executive who once worked in the Eagles’ front office during the 1980s when Buddy Ryan was the head coach.
Davis became the most recent name to surface for one of the last remaining vacancies on Kelly’s staff, although the team has yet to announce any of its assistant hires. The Eagles haven’t commented on any coaching additions.
Ed Donatell, the 49ers defensive coordinator, is believed to be in the mix. The Eagles are also reportedly interested in Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino, according to the Inquirer, which cited two NFL sources. Donatell and Monachino can’t interview until after the Super Bowl and the Eagles must receive permission to speak with them.
Davis is also slated to interview today with the Jets, the source added. ESPN first reported Davis’ interview with the Eagles. The source, who has worked closely with Davis, told CSNPhilly.com that Davis is an “excellent” coach and “one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around.”
Davis became a free agent after the Browns’ new management, led by CEO Joe Banner, cleaned house after the 2012 season and fired all the coaches.
In Davis’ first year as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals, his defense allowed 325 points, the fifth-lowest total for the franchise since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The Cardinals also racked up 21 interceptions, their most since 1994. But over his two-year span, Arizona’s total defenses ranked 14th and 30th, respectively.
Before going to San Francisco in 2005, Davis had coached linebackers for the Giants in 2004. He spent the prior three seasons in Atlanta coaching linebackers for the Falcons.
Davis has also coached in Green Bay (200) and spent a prior season in Cleveland in 1999 as defensive quality control coach. In 1995, Davis began a four-year stretch as outside linebackers coach for the Panthers. He broke into the NFL in 1992 as a defensive quality control coach for the Steelers under Bill Cowher.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:08 PM