Billy Davis In the Mix For Eagles’ DC Job

We are closer to the Eagles naming a defensive coordinator, though it doesn’t feel that way.

A common thought as the rest of Chip Kelly’s staff got filled out was that there was a defensive coordinator all but locked in, and it was just a matter of said coach getting through with his Super Bowl run before it became official.

The presumed candidate was San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, whom Brian Dawkins strongly endorsed on Sunday. There was little to suggest otherwise. Early hot names like Georgia’s Todd Grantham had cooled, Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann pulled out of the running, and Donatell’s name was the only one that had any stick to it.

Maybe he still is the guy. But as the days trudge on and the news cycle flips over, a couple new names have made their way into the conversation.

One name we told you to keep an eye on was Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis, who has served as defensive coordinator for both the Niners and Cardinals over his career. As it turns out, Davis interviewed for the job on Sunday.

Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino is now in the Eagles’ sights as well, according to the Inquirer. Monachino has been an assistant for both the Jaguars and Ravens, but never a defensive coordinator.

Steve Spagnuolo came onto the market and, given his relationship with the Eagles and his background, it makes sense that Kelly would at least have a conversation with him. Spagnuolo’s defenses of late have failed to come close to mirroring the ones he had in New York, and there are no signs at this point that he is in serious consideration for the job.

The idea that a wink-wink agreement with Donatell  was in place is now out the window, and that raises some questions. Is it troublesome, for instance, that most of Kelly’s staff was assembled without the input of the eventual DC?

The Browns’ season has been over for some time; why interview Davis now? Did the Eagles not want Herrmann, or did Herrmann not want the Eagles?

The idea of Donatell being the coach in waiting brought a feeling of structure to the process, even if you didn’t think much of him as a candidate. Now it all feels up in the air. The important thing is to get the right man for the job, and it is still entirely possible that happens. We just feel a little farther away from a conclusion than we did a week ago.

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  • Reyco

    It’s completely possible that they’re just forming relationships with people, interviewing guys while they still have no one else declared so that they can get a feel for them in case various hires don’t pan out.

  • brza

    Hopefully the interview with Billy Davis didn’t go too well. Here is how his teams finished up
    in points and total yards:

    Billy Davis
    Team Year Points Total Yards
    Arizona Cardinals DC 2010 – 29th, 29th
    Arizona Cardinals DC 2009 – 14th, 20th
    San Francisco 49ers DC 2006 – 32nd, 26th
    San Francisco 49ers DC 2005 – 30th, 32nd

    • Bob A

      Yeah, but you have to admit Aquarius and Up ,Up and Away were great songs

      • Essell


  • ACViking

    Interview Spagnuolo?

    Why? Just because he worked in Philly *6 years ago* under the prior regime doesn’t mean he should be interviewed.

    He’s a 4-3 guy.

    Kelly wants to run a 3-4.

    With that logic, Kelly should be interviewing Dana Bible.


  • Mark Sitko

    Watch it Tim – more of you making a story out of nothing – remember how off you were with the HC spot…getting your panties in a bunch just because you clearly have no one inside that will tell you anything…wait until you know more, than you can judge

    • Tony

      Yeah, because everyone else saw the Chip hire coming a mile away. Tim isn’t judging, he’s reporting. And when the FO is playing their cards close, sometimes reporters have to speculate to ascertain reason from a decision. And he isn’t just stirring the pot with pissy fans; I believe he’s asking the right questions.

      • xlGmanlx

        Well, there were some of us that didn’t buy the chip kelly moving on, and i specially stated i didn’t believe it until i saw a statement from chip kelly himself. Point is, the igg’s recently have been able to do deals in secret without leaks, this appears to be no different. To Mark’s point, I don’t think anyone has an “inside guy”, but it doesn’t appear this site is an exception to that.

    • jabostick

      Are some of these ‘insiders’ who know better the same ones who were talking about Billick as a strong possibility the same morning that Chip was hired? And weren’t Tim and his radio crew the ones who broke the Chip news in the first place?

    • Essell

      Here! Here!

  • barry_nic

    Hopefully we’ll not get an announcement until after the superbowl. Donatell is said to be organized, creative and players seem to love being his system. I can’t wait for this year to start, it may not be over night, but they seem to be making all the right moves. That totally goes against the last few years of mismanagement and let down. Go Eagles!

  • Beavis

    BDawk, who is JJ’s star pupil, really likes Donatell. I need not hear anymore. But I am somewhat worried about the part you point out about “most of Kelly’s staff was assembled without the input of the eventual DC” Would it be a surprise that they have their candidate and don’t want to name him out of respect because his team is still playing, yet he gave his blessing to the hires? Let’s hope so.

    • Essell

      Darn! You beat me to it. I had the same thought since there was a small window to interview candidates from playoff-bound teams. I’m of the same thought that’s who they may have chosen…someone from one of those teams, that is.

  • jon

    what is trent cole’s trade value?

    All signs are “rebuilding/revamping” and spending this year to figure out if trent cole can play in the 3-4 will put him at age 31 going into next season, when you actually know if he can/cant play. at that time his career will be about over anyway.

    I am not ragging on cole, love the guy and has played hard, but why not get something for him while we can?

    Even if he produces 10-12 sacks on a 6 to 9 win team next year, what is the point? get a young guy out there to see if they have something. And get some value for cole.

    • Andy

      Nobody’s going to take on Cole’s contract after the year he had. He’s either on the roster or he’s going to be cut.

    • brza

      Whatever his trade value may have been it probably plummetted after last season.

  • metaReign

    I hope it works out, since there hasn’t been a Coordinator named and the staffs already there, who we do not know all of their positions, as of yet. And I also think that the HC has the final decisions as to who he wants on his staff, not the Coordinators. Then again, the HC could also try and get someone the Coordinators would like to assist them, into the staff.