With the ownership transfer of the Cleveland Browns on October 16th 2012 from Randy Lerner to Jimmy Haslam, there has been speculation that changes are in the winds from the front office, the coaching staff, and the players. While changes are certainly needed and forthcoming, a complete overhaul of the Browns inter-structure would set the organization back for years to come. It might not be a terrible idea to keep a guy like Billy Davis, the Browns’ linebacker coach.
Even though success in the NFL is measured by wins and losses, one area which has continued to excel is the line backing corps. Well coached by former Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Billy Davis, the Browns linebacker group is one of the league’s youngest and inexperienced groups. Davis, who has over twenty years of coaching experience, has coached the likes of all pros Kevin Greene, Sam Mills, and Karlos Dansby.
In 2012, his tight knit group of somewhat unknowns include LJ Fort, Craig Robertson, James-Michael Johnson, Kaluka Maiava, D’Qwell Jackson, and Scott Fujita. Seven year veteran Chris Gocong was lost for the season after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in training camp. Besides Gocong, only Fujita and Jackson have extensive NFL experience.
Davis always has his troops coached up and prepared through repetition and time in the film room. It is not uncommon to see Davis’ boys putting in extra time after practice as well as in the weight room too.
The Browns linebackers have formed a tight “family” group who absolutely love playing for Davis. Davis not only expects 110% from them, but demands it. In four games so far this season, it seems like they are playing hard and returning the favor to Davis. The corps is flying all over the field making tackles and already has 5 interceptions on the season.
Mr. Haslam, we Browns fans understand that your not spending one billion dollars with out putting your personal stamp on the team. Even though changes are coming, if you’ve learned anything from the Rooney family, please let it be continuity and stability. Let that begin with keeping coach Billy Davis in Cleveland.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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