Davis Hiring Confirms Shift To 3-4 DefenseBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, February 7th, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles have answered one of the biggest questions looming around the new coaching staff: Who will lead the defense? Billy Davis, who most recently served as the Browns linebackers coach, is going to be the man.
Billy Davis has been a defensive coach since 1992 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and primarily made his name as a position coach with the linebackers with the Panthers, Browns, Falcons, Giants, and Cardinals. Davis has held two defensive coordinator positions, with the 49ers in 2005 and 2006 and with the Cardinals in 2009 and 2010.
In both of those instances, Davis utilized the 3-4 defense. This could be the answer to another question pertaining to the Eagles 2013 season. Many signs pointed to a switch from the base 4-3 that the Eagles have run for years to a 3-4 style that has been used by half of the top ten defenses from the 2012 season.
With a defensive coordinator now in place, most of the coaching staff is filled. Pat Shurmur will lead the offensive side of the ball (although it is likely that he will have little power and Chip Kelly will call most of the plays).
Now that it is assumed that the Eagles will be moving to a 3-4 defense, it makes the direction in which the team will draft in April a little bit clearer. Georgia’s Jarvis Jones will fit as a 3-4 linebacker perfectly and Utah’s Star Lotulelei could be available at the number four draft slot if the Eagles wish to fill the nose tackle position.
The Eagles can now start looking toward the 2013 season. The schemes are in place and the coaching staff can start dissecting the players that could be available in their draft position. Don’t expect any hints from this staff though; Chip Kelly’s style seems to be very secretive when he’s hiring assistants.
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