Eagles hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator
The Eagles have hired Billy Davis to be their new defensive coordinator, a league source has confirmed to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Davis, who has coached in the NFL since 1992, spent the last two seasons as a linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns. He was the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator from 2009-2010 and the San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator from 2005-2006.
The news of the hire was originally reported by Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com
The Eagles have yet to confirm the report, although they have not confirmed any coaching hires since Chip Kelly took over as head coach.
Davis has had mixed results, at best, during his time as an NFL defensive coordinator. He was fired by both the 49ers and Cardinals, although the argument could be made that there was a lack of talent on the rosters while was coaching. Davis never had his unit finish higher than 14th in the league in points allowed during his time as defensive coordinator. In his last season with the Cardinals as defensive coordinator, Arizona finished 20th in scoring defense.
One disturbing trend is that in both of his stints as defensive coordinator, his defenses allowed more points per game the second year than they did the first.
The Eagles likely decided to go with Davis in part because of his experience in the 3-4 alignment. Kelly is believed to be committed to switching from the 4-3 the Eagles played last year to the new defensive front. Davis was the defensive coordinator during Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's last season with the Cardinals.
Many believed the Eagles were waiting to hire a defensive coordinator from either one of the Super Bowl teams or from a college team. That either was not the case now that Davis was hired, or Davis was not the Eagles' first option.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:38 PM