Report: Eagles Hire Billy Davis as Defensive Coordinator

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Pretty much confirming that the Eagles will switch to a 3-4 defense this year, Chip Kelly will bring on Billy Davis as defensive coordinator, according to CSN’s Geoff Mosher:

Veteran defensive coach Billy Davis, who’s had stints coaching with the Panthers, Browns, Packers, Falcons, Giants, 49ers, Cards and Browns, will be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator, a league source said Thursday morning.  


Davis doesn’t exactly have a great track record. In his four years as a defensive coordinator (2005-2006 with the 49ers and 2009-2010 with the Cardinals), his defenses ranked 32nd, 26th, 14th and 31st in yards, and 30th, 24th, 11th, and t-26th in points. Fun.

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  1. so, the eagles have officially hired two coaches from a team (browns) that was 5-11 last year to be our OC and DC. wow, this is all making so little sense!

  2. I’m not going to pretend that I’m overly happy about the signing but if you look at the offensive stats of the teams when he was the DC, you begin to think that maybe the defense was worn out because the offense couldn’t stay on the field.
    2005 Niners: 32nd
    2006 Niners: 26th
    2009 Cardinals: 14th
    2010 Cardinals: 31st
    It’s no coincidence that Davis had his best year in 2009 when the Cards were able to put together a competent offense that could control the clock (to some degree) and give the defense the chance to rest, regroup and make adjustments. I’m curious what he is able to do if this offense call pull it together.

  3. Jim Johnson when he was DC of the Colts D rankings:
    1996: 18th (9-7)
    1997: 26th (3-13)
    Point is nobody knew who Jim Johnson was when he was hired in 1999, he seemed to work out.

  4. I should have noted that those are the offensive rankings in the years Davis was the DC. Sorry, but I’m an uneducated heathen and don’t know any better.

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