There are reports about the Eagles interviewing recently-fired Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis over the weekend for their open defensive coordinator’s position. I don’t see anything on his resume which makes me think he should get the job. I think the Birds were simply doing something to take up their time while they wait for a chance to interview Super Bowl assistant coaches, 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell and Ravens linebacker coach Ted Monachino.
After observing the defensive coordinator candidates, who have been interviewed by the Eagles or have been reported to be candidates for the Eagles defensive coordinator job, I think Monachino is tops on my list.
I like what I’ve seen about his temperament. He does a great job of explaining the game to his players and this allows the Ravens to play on a higher level of understanding and complexity than the other teams in the league. Baltimore asks their outside linebackers to do things that nobody else in the league asks.
I have never met the linebacker coach, but I like what I learned about him and seen of him in interviews. He’s down to earth and he understands the NFL game.
I like what Monachino and the Baltimore Ravens are doing defensively and it’s not all about middle linebacker Ray Lewis. They do the best job of out-scheming the opposing offense, than any other defense in the National Football League. They show the quarterbacks both 4-3 and 3-4 looks depending on the situation.
Look at the way the Ravens are able to hide Ray Lewis on pass plays. Lewis can’t cover running backs and tight ends the way he did in the past, but Baltimore hasn’t let him get isolated and exploited in one-on-one situation. They do that with their pass coverages.
The Ravens are in the Super Bowl because of their defense and quarterback Joe Flacco’s big touchdown throws. Their defense has been amazing. In two weeks they have out-schemed, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, two of the smartest, most experienced quarterbacks in the NFL.
Manning and the Broncos offense were benefited from a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown, yet they were unable to score enough points to win the football game. Manning seemed to be uncomfortable and unsure about what he was seeing.
Despite not having a dominating pass rush, the Ravens were able to lock down the Broncos passing game because they had done and outstanding job of preparing a game plan to stop Manning.
Brady was able to put up only 13 points against the Ravens defense and he looked unsure of himself, while playing against them. The New England signal-caller looked downfield with plenty of time to throw, but couldn’t find a play to go with the football. I’ve rarely seen Brady unsure about where to with the football. The Baltimore coaches and players out-schemed Brady.
Donatell is a former D-coordinator in Green Bay and Atlanta. The Niners have succeeded on defense because of their personnel, but not because of their scheme. They don’t fool anybody. They just line up in their three-four defense and dominate.
The Niners defense allowed 24 points in the first half against the Falcons, but they shut them out in the second half. Their defense hasn’t been nearly as dominating in the playoffs as they were in the regular season.