A new name has surfaced in the Eagles search for a new defensive coordinator, former Browns' LB coach Billy Davis. Adam Schefter reports that he interviewed for the job Sunday. He has previous defensive coordinator experience with both the 49ers and Cardinals, where he ran 3-4 defenses.
Other than the Cardinals D in 2009, none of those defenses were particularly good but Davis is certainly an experienced guy who knows Chip Kelly's preferred system and who has ties to the organization. Davis' father was a LB coach here under Dick Vermiel and went on to serve in the Eagles personnel department.
The Eagles top targets are still widely seen to be a pair of guys coaching in the Super Bowl. 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell has been the most widely reported name, but recently Ravens LB coach Ted Monachino has emerged as a candidate as well.
Donatell is the only one of those two with coordinator experience, but as Tommy Lawlor pointed out, Monachino comes from a system in Baltimore that has produced some pretty impressive defensive minds.
Jack Del Rio
That is seriously not a bad list. Of course, the list of ex-Jim Johnson assistants looked pretty awesome until we got to Sean McDermott... That said, the Panthers defense has improved since McD took over.