Report: Eagles Tap Former Cleveland Linebacker Coach Billy Davis as Chip's Defensive Man

Report: Eagles Tap Former Cleveland Linebacker Coach Billy Davis as Chip's Defensive Man

It looks like Chip Kelly has found his man to run his defense. According to CSN's Geoff Mosher, the Eagles will hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator. He'll come over with former colleague Pat Shurmur after the pair coached together the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

His track record as a defensive coordinator isn't exactly the resume of Jim Johnson. But it's not that of Todd Bowles either.

This move will likely go hand-in-hand with the Eagles making the much rumored switch to a 3-4 defense.

Jeff McLane dug up some of Davis' defense's stats:

Davis' defenses in San Francisco finished 32d in yards and 30th in
points in 2005 and 26th and 24th in 2006. In Arizona, his defenses were
ranked 14th and 31st in yards and 11th and tied for 26th in points.

Davis was most recently the linebackers coach in Cleveland. Prior to that he was DC in Arizizona and Cleveland.

One of the more interesting questions I've seen discussed on Twitter is why wait so long to grab a guy from the Cleveland Browns? Did they want to try and test the waters with a 49ers/Ravens assistant and that didn't work out?

This is recommended reading
to get to know Davis.

Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshman Ryan Daly scored 27 points and Delaware avenged its worst loss of the season, upsetting Northeastern 69-62 on Thursday night for the Blue Hens' first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season.

Cazmon Hayes added 13 points and Eric Carter 11 for Delaware (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a six-game losing streak that had included a 36-point loss, 90-54, to the Huskies on Jan. 5.

T.J. Williams scored 28 points, the only Huskies player to reach double figures. Northeastern (12-7, 5-2) lost its second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Three-pointers by Devonne Pinkard and Daly gave Delaware the lead for good at 46-41 with 11 minutes left. A 14-2 run with eight points each from Carter and Daly made it a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.

Delaware made 17 of 22 free throws to 7 of 14 for Northeastern.

Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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ELON, N.C. -- Tyler Seibring scored a career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Steven Santa Ana added 22 points and Elon beat Drexel 93-73 on Thursday night.

Seibring scored 20-plus for the third time this season, hitting 4 of 6 from distance, and Elon led from start to finish. It was Santa Ana's sixth career 20-plus game in just his sophomore season.

The Phoenix hit double-digit 3-pointers (10) for the 10th time this season.

Dainan Swoope scored 16 points, Brian Dawkins 13 and Dmitri Thompson 12 for Elon (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which hit 25 of 28 free-throw attempts -- including 17 of 18 in the second half.

Elon scored the first nine points of the game and had a 10-point lead at halftime.

Kurk Lee and John Moran each scored 15 points for Drexel (7-12, 1-5). Miles Overton added 13 points and Sammy Mojica 10.