Eagles to Hire Billy Davis as Defensive Coordinator

Browns Linebackers Coach Billy Davis is reported to be the Philadelphia Eagles new Defensive Coordinator.In an interesting development CSNPhilly.com today said that the Philadelphia Eagles planned to hire linebackers coach from the Cleveland Browns Billy Davis as their new Defensive Coordinator. Davis has previously been a Defensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-2006 and the Arizona Cardinals in 2009-2010.

It’s interesting to see Davis hired as a current employee of the Browns and the words that have been exchanged by Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner as of late. Davis will be working with Head Coach Chip Kelly and his former boss Pat Shurmur who will be the Offensive Coordinator for the team. Davis does not have a tremendous track record as a defensive coordinator as evidenced by what he’s done with the 49ers & Cardinals previously.

In 2005 Davis’ defense allowed 42 points to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 and the team never recovered. That year the team was 30th in points allowed and 32nd in yards allowed. The personnel that year was not the best as the team was led by Derek Smith who had his career high that season in tackles and Shawntae Spencer & Mike Adams each had 4 interceptions. Not exactly names that jump off the page at you is it? In 2006 the team regressed to 32nd in points allowed but 26th in yards allowed. The Eagles again put up big points against the team with 38 in Week 3. Brandon T. Moore led the team in tackles and Walt Harris had 8 interceptions but the team lacked strong players on that side of the ball.

Davis was fired after that season and replaced by Greg Manusky who is the current Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator. He went to the Cardinals as a Linebacker coach and was promoted in 2009 to defensive coordinator after the team fired Clancy Pendergast one week after the team lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. The defense in 2009 was 14th in points allowed and 20th in yards allowed as the team went to a 10-6 record in winning the NFC West title before losing to the eventual champion New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round. His defense scored the famous touchdown on the Aaron Rodgers interception/fumble in the Wild Card round in Overtime to win 51-45. His defense was led by Karlos Dansby with 89 tackles and current Eagles’ cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had 6 interceptions. The 2010 defense regressed far past the norm with a drop to 30th in points allowed and 29th in yards allowed. Paris Lenon led the team in tackles and Kerry Rhodes led the team in interceptions. He was fired after the season and replaced by Ray Horton and left for the Browns and has been there until being hired by the team.

It will be interesting to see if he will go with a 3-4 scheme as he’s done so in the past with the 49ers. If DRC isn’t re-signed it should also show how much Davis trusts DRC in his scheme. He has a lot to work on with the regression of the defense after the firing of Juan Castillo and will need to do so in a quick amount of time. His track record is not stellar but it shows when he has personnel he can scheme very well.

It’s expected that the Eagles will make all of these coaching hirings official before the Combine but at this pace it could be right before training camp.

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