Eagles make coaching move hiring Billy Davis as DC

2/7/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The number of former members of the Cleveland Browns coaching staff now with Philadelphia Eagles, further increased on Thursday after head coach Chip Kelly hired Billy Davis as the team’s defensive coordinator, league sources confirmed. Chip Kelly himself refused to confirm the hiring until his entire coaching staff was in place.
Why it took the Chip Kelly so long to make the hiring is anyone’s guess. The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t waiting to interview recently crowned champions Baltimore Ravens linebacker coach Ted Monachino for the defensive coordinator opening and all interviews with the Super Bowl contenders San Francisco 49ers’ defensive backs coach Ed Donatel were blocked. Billy Davis had interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the defensive coordinator job two weeks ago.
The 47-year-old NFL coach Billy Davis has four-years of experience at defensive coordinator. Billy Davis was the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator for two seasons (2005-2006) before he was fired. Over the next two years, Billy Davis coached the Arizona Cardinals linebackers before he was promoted to defensive coordinator, where he remained for another two seasons.
Still one downside is that Billy Davis’ defenses never had great success, finishing 32nd, 26th, 20th, and 29th in the league under his tutelage. However, it can be argued that Billy Davis never had great talent on the roster to turnaround his defense’s performance.
Billy Davis has 21 years of combined experience coaching in the NFL, first as a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-1994) before landing an outside linebackers coaching job with the Carolina Panthers for four seasons. Billy Davis made his first stop in Cleveland as a defensive assistant/ linebackers coach for a single season on way to a defensive line coaching job with the Green Bay Packers (2000).
Most recently, Billy Davis was the Cleveland Browns linebackers coach over the past two seasons. Earlier, Chip Kelly also hired former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shrumur, who led the Browns to a 5-11 record last year, as the Philadelphia Eagles’ new offensive coordinator.
Chip Kelly’s preference of Billy Davis is understandable in the sense due to Davis’ familiarity with the 3-4 defensive scheme. The Cleveland Browns have been looking forward to transitioning form a 4-3 defense to 3-4 scheme. The first-time NFL coach Chip Kelly made a name for himself, reviving the Oregon Ducks during our seasons of running the defense under the 3-4 scheme in college ranks.
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