– Veteran defensive coach Billy Davis, who has had stints coaching with the Panthers, Browns, Packers, Falcons, Giants, 49ers, Cards and Browns, will be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator, two league sources told CSNPhilly.com Thursday morning. Davis most recently coached on Pat Shurmur’s staff with the Browns the last two years. Shurmur is also joining Chip Kelly’s new staff with the Eagles. The Eagles have not commented on or confirmed any coaching moves since Kelly was named head coach. 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’s father, Bill Davis, was a front-office executive with the Eagles briefly in 1988 and 1989, but resigned after losing a power struggle with head coach Buddy Ryan. 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. The addition of Davis ends a long, mysterious process that saw the Eagles associated with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and also linked with Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino and 49ers secondary coach Ted Donatel.
What happened to this team? There was a point in time where the Eagles were stockpiling talent and shipping off our practice squad garbage to teams like the Jags, Cardinals, and Browns. Now we’re stealing two Browns coaches to come in and run vital parts of the Eagles? It doesn’t feel safe.
This had to have been Plan B or even Plan C. With Ted Donatel from the Niners not granted permission to interview things had to have blown up in their faces. That, or Chip Kelly straight up doesn’t even want to play defense:
Chip: Hey, HEY you!
Billy Davis: Yes?
Chip: I don’t have a lot of time right now I gotta go pretend to love Cheez Whiz and scrapple at some mall in Jersey…you wanna coordinate our defense?
Billy Davis: But–I was just getting some water out of the fountain waiting for Coach Shurmur–
Chip: You wanna coordinate the defense or not?
Billy Davis: Su-sure.
Chip: Press conference is on Monday. Hey– don’t fuck up.