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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