As we all got caught up in the Michael Vick future fiasco, everyone seemed to almost forget that Chip Kelly had to pick his Defensive Coordinator. The D-Coordinator seemed especially important because of the fact that Kelly was viewed as an offensive guru at Oregon, but never exactly had standout defenses.
Thursday, Kelly got his man, as Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reported that league sources had confirmed that the Eagles had hired Browns Linebackers coach Bill Davis to become the birds next Defensive Coordinator.
This will be Davis’s third stint as a Defensive Coordinator, having had stints in both San Francisco and Arizona. Neither were exactly successful stints, as Davis’s units rarely ranked in the top-15 in total defense.
Obviously Eagles fans have reason to feel a bit concerned at this hiring, but the Chip Kelly experiment is just that, an experiment. As Eagles fans we need to almost have a blind faith that Kelly has a plan, and he knows the guys who are going to help him execute his plan.
One positive that Davis does for sure bring, is that the Eagles will finally be switching to a 3-4, which as of recent has built powerhouse defenses such as the 49ers, Ravens, and the Jets, (when Rex Ryan first took over).
The 3-4 will have some casualties, as Demeco Ryans and Trent Cole likely will likely not fit into the system. While it would be nice to keep both of those guys, the bottom line is neither of them are All-Pro’s, and switching to a 3-4 under Davis is what will hopefully help the Eagles to build a powerhouse defense.