Billy Davis Faces Plenty of Pressure in New Role With Philadelphia Eagles

By Dan Parzych
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A couple years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were a team with a reputation for having one of the top defenses in the league, but they’ve struggled to return to their dominant level since the passing of Jim Johnson–the team’s former defensive coordinator–prior to the 2009 season. After firing Juan Castillo in the middle of the 2012 season, the Eagles hope former Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis can turn things around after joining Chip Kelly‘s staff for next season.

Of course, the main question in the back of the minds of Philadelphia fans–is Davis the right answer for defensive coordinator?

Davis has quite the resume when it comes to working with different teams after coming to the NFL in 1992 as a member of the coaching staff for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but whether or not he’s the man for the job in Philadelphia is debatable. To say the Eagles’ defense was an embarrassment would be the understatement of the 2012 season.

For a unit loaded with defensive talent on paper, Philadelphia couldn’t play defense for the life of them throughout the regular season and was one of the main reasons why the team finished with a disappointing 4-12 record. Expectations always seem to be high for a team like Philadelphia and while Kelly will face the most heat as the new head coach, the argument can be made that Davis will be right up there with him as he looks to get the defense back to its dominant level from a few years ago.

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