After a nearly month long search, the Eagles have hired Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis as the team’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Eagles are likely to switch to a 3-4 alignment under Davis, which is a move that is highly favored by Head Coach Chip Kelly. Previously, the Eagles have run a 4-3 scheme for the past 14 years under Andy Reid.
In Cleveland, Davis ran a 3-4 that included former Eagles castoff at linebacker Chris Gocong.
Davis now joins former Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur who was hired this offseason by the Eagles to work alongside Kelly as the team’s Offensive Coordinator.
Before landing in Cleveland, Davis was the Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator from 2009 to 2010 and the San Francisco 49ers top Defensive lieutenant from 2005 to 2006.
Davis began his career in Pittsburgh and later worked with Dom Capers with the Carolina Panthers.
The Eagles have yet to comment on or confirm this hiring, as has been the case with every assistant coach that has been linked to Kelly’s staff.Davis’s father Bill Davis was a front office executive with the Eagles from 1988-89 but later resigned after a disagreement with then Head Coach Buddy Ryan.
Before hiring Davis Jr., the Eagles had been linked to 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino among others. At the time of Kelly’s hiring, University of Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham had been linked to the Eagles, but he will interview with the New Orleans Saints.
Since Jim Johnson’s untimely passing in 2009, the Eagles have had four Defensive Coordinators; Sean McDermott, Juan Castillo, Todd Bowles and now Davis Jr.