Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:11 AM
The Eagles interviewed Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis for their defensive coordinator opening on Sunday, an NFL source said.
The team had requested permission to meet with Davis a while ago, but waited until Sunday to sit down with the 47-year old, the source said.
ESPN first reported the interview.
Davis has experience as an NFL defensive coordinator. Before taking the linebackers job in Cleveland in 2011, he was the Cardinals' coordinator from 2009-10. He also ran the 49ers' defense from 2005-06.
His defenses ranked near the bottom of the league. In Arizona, the Cardinals finished 14th and 31st in yards allowed and 11th and tied for 26th in points allowed. In San Francisco, the 49ers went 32d and 26th in yards and 30th and 24th in points.
Davis is only the second known interview the Eagles have had for their defensive coordinator job. New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann met with the Eagles over a week ago, but ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.
Because new coach Chip Kelly has taken his time finding a coordinator, some believe he's waiting to snatch up one of the assistant coaches in the Super Bowl. The Eagles are interested in Ravens linebackers back Ted Monachino, but Baltimore could block them from hiring him.
Monachino, 46, doesn't have experience as a coordinator at either the NFL or college level. He was the defensive line coach in Jacksonville (2005-09) before coming to Baltimore in 2010.
The Eagles could also have interest in a number of other candidates from Super Bowl teams. 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, a former NFL coordinator with the Packers and 49ers, has been the name most mentioned.
The common theme with many of the coaches linked to the Eagles is that they currently work in 3-4 schemes. Kelly prefers an odd-man front, sources have said.
Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER