I almost felt bad for Billy Davis. The game against the Denver Broncos was the largest challenge he would face this year. He had extra days to get his group together. He had time to plan. He did interviews where he talked about studying strategies to beat Peyton Manning.
All of it failed, miserably.
The first half wasn’t bad. They actually kept the score close. It was still a game at halftime. Clifton Geathers even logged a sack, which was a first for Manning this season. The second half was a different story.
Cary Williams looked like he was stealing his paycheck. He and Bradley Fletcher had a rough afternoon as Manning can make any cornerback look bad. The linebackers were horrible and the entire group was beat with crossing and under routes all night. Here is the bottom line — they were not ready.
This statement reflects on Davis as much as his team. It is inexcusable to have extended time to prepare and have such a poor showing. When Chip Kelly tabbed Davis, more than one person questioned the move. There were better choices available and he did not have a stellar record. We are starting to see why, and it is time to start questioning his abilities as a coach.
If this performance continues, don’t be surprised to see Davis turn into a Todd Bowles clone as he completes his first and last year with the team.
Kelly needs to reevaluate his defense and even though he has remained hands-off in the past, maybe it is time to step in and have some influence. This will be a major test as the season continues for the rookie coach, and we will see how he responds.