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Bill Davis will be hired as Eagles' next defensive coordinator

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:08 PM

Bill Davis will be hired as Eagles' next defensive coordinator 


Report: Bill Davis Will Be DC

Posted 4 hours ago

By Bo Wulf

Bill Davis, former defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, will be the next defensive coordinator for the Eagles, according to a report by CSNPhilly's Geoff Mosher ...

Davis has 21 years of NFL coaching experience and most recently spent the last two seasons as linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns.

In his two seasons in Cleveland, Davis helped transform linebacker D’Qwell Jackson into one of the most productive middle linebackers in the NFL, as he registered 277 tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions from 2011-12. In 2011, Davis oversaw a group that helped the Browns finish 10th in the NFL in total defense after finishing 22nd the previous season. In addition, it also marked the first time the Browns finished in the top-10 in total defense since 1994.

Prior to joining the Browns, Davis spent four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, first coaching the linebackers from 2007-08 before serving as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2009-10. Safety Adrian Wilson garnered Pro Bowl selections in 2009 and 2010 while defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, safety Antrel Rolle and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each garnered Pro Bowl honors in 2009. Under Davis’ direction, the Cardinals allowed 325 points, the fifth-lowest total for the franchise since the NFL transitioned to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The team also tallied 21 interceptions, the team’s highest figure since 1994.

From 2005-06, Davis served as the defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. Davis joined the San Francisco staff after one season as the New York Giants’ linebackers coach in 2004.

Before his stint with the Giants, Davis spent the previous three seasons as the Atlanta Falcons’ linebackers coach. During his tenure in Atlanta, linebacker Keith Brooking was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons under Davis.

Davis spent the 1999 season as a defensive quality control coach with the Browns before joining the Green Bay Packers in 2000 as a defensive assistant/defensive line coach. In 1995, Davis began a four-year stint as the outside linebackers coach with the Carolina Panthers. In 1996, Panthers linebackers Kevin Greene and Lamar Lathon finished first and second in the NFL in sacks with 14.5 and 13.5 sacks, respectively, helping the team advance to the NFC Championship Game.

Prior to his stretch with the Panthers, Davis’ first NFL coaching position came in 1992 as a defensive quality control coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also responsible for assisting with the linebackers.

Davis began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University from 1990-91, where he was also earning a master’s degree in athletic administration. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cincinnati, where he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Bearcats from 1985-88.

A native of Youngstown, OH, Davis attended Berea (OH) High School. His father, Bill Davis, spent 15 seasons in the NFL as a coach and executive. Bill and his wife, Sherry, have four daughters, Monica, Brooke and twins Grace and Ava, and a son, Billy.

Mosher added that he expects Davis will run a 3-4 defense with the Eagles.

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Sounds like a solid hire.  Hope he sticks with the 4-3 with the personnel the Eagles have right now.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:43 PM

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We will probably be switching to 3-4. Cole could play one end and Graham/Curry might be able to switch to OLB. Cox can play other end spot. Only problem is we don't have big body (NT) in the middle.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:48 PM

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yankeeboy1046 wrote: We will probably be switching to 3-4. Cole could play one end and Graham/Curry might be able to switch to OLB. Cox can play other end spot. Only problem is we don't have big body (NT) in the middle.
That would be our biggest problem making the switch. Which looks like what's going to happen. Star Lotulelei would solve the problem. He should work out in either 3-4 or 4-3. He's the guy that I've wanted all along. Don't know if he'll be there at #4 though. I'm seeing a lot of mock drafts where both he and Joeckel are gone before that.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:42 PM

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TrojanEagle446 wrote:

Report: Bill Davis Will Be DC

Posted 4 hours ago

By Bo Wulf




Sounds like a solid hire.  Hope he sticks with the 4-3 with the personnel the Eagles have right now.

I hope that you're right. Looks like they're wanting to switch to the 3-4.
"In four years as an NFL defensive coordinator – two with the 49ers and two with the Cards – Davis has never had a unit ranked higher than 14th in points allowed or 20th in yards allowed."...
"Davis, who has operated both the 3-4 and 4-3 along the way in his coaching career, becomes the Eagles’ fifth defensive coordinator in six years."...
"In Davis’s two years running the defense in San Francisco, the 49ers were ranked 30th and 32nd in points allowed and 32nd and 26nd in yards allowed (they were 32nd and 24th the year before he got there).
In his two years as Cards’ defensive coordinator, Arizona ranked 14th and 30th in points allowed and 20th and 29th in yards allowed."
http://www.csnphilly.com/eagles/sources-eagles-hir e-billy-davis-defensive-coordinator

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:28 PM

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Here's an interesting article about Billy Davis's scheme.  Take a look!

http://www.phillymag.com/eagle...-the-4-3-under/

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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:10 PM

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TrojanEagle446 wrote: Here's an interesting article about Billy Davis's scheme.  Take a look!

http://www.phillymag.com/eagle...-the-4-3-under/

Nice article. I bookmarked the page.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:35 PM

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Agreed very good article, I kinda feel like were pretty much built to succeed in this D with personnel up front we already have as oppossed to the 3-4.  We need to replace the secondary and maybe add 2 or 3 guys up front and were set
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