The Eagles go into easily the biggest game of their season thus far against the division rival Cowboys as they compete for the NFC East lead. However, this normally huge story line has been swept under the rug as a result of the Nick Foles vs Mike Vick debate.
“There is always open competition. If Nick goes out there and goes 100 for 100 [passing] and throws 27 touchdown passes. Yeah [he could start].” – Chip Kelly
Despite clearly winning the QB competition and helping the Eagles put up yardage at a historic rate, Vick’s status has been deemed unstable on a national scope. Foles’ performance last week—22/31 for 296 yards and 3 TD’s—has launched him back into the conversation of being “the guy.”
The problem though, comes down to chemistry and circumstance. Despite all expectation, the Eagles could be a playoff team as a result of the division being stinky rotting garbage. For a team with playoff chances, Chip could very well sabotage the club by making Foles the starter and destroying team chemistry.
If you read the article I wrote on new defensive coordinator Billy Davis yesterday, you know that I wasn’t sold on the move from first glance. As a result, I wanted to take a deeper look at Davis and see what Eagles fans could expect from the new-look defense going forward.
Before we get into those numbers, however, here’s a brief outline of Billy Davis‘ career thus far.
|1991||Michigan State||Graduate assistant|
|1992-1994||Pittsburgh Steelers||Defensive assistant|
|1995-1998||Carolina Panthers||OLB coach|
|1999||Cleveland Browns||Defensive assistant/LB|
|2000||Green Bay Packers||Defensive assistant/DL|
|2001-2003||Atlanta Falcons||LB coach|
|2004||New York Giants||LB coach|
|2005-2006||San Francisco 49ers||Defensive coordinator|
|2007-2008||Arizona Cardinals||LB coach|
|2009-2010||Arizona Cardinals||Defensive coordinator|
|2011-2013||Cleveland Browns||LB coach|
In other words, meh. Davis is frankly nothing special. I’ll provide a more in-depth analysis tomorrow, but here’s the general idea.
Davis has been a defensive coordinator twice in the NFL. His first stint was in San Francisco for 2005 and 2006 and then again for Arizona in 2009 and 2010. Note both of those jobs only stuck for two years and neither of the two gigs were cut short by a change in regime. So, great news there.
To make matters worse, the Eagles interviewed with Davis two weeks ago. This means they knew full well what he brought to the table and weren’t jumping at the opportunity to add him to the staff.
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