Tag:Bill Davis
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:50 pm

Sean McDermott joins Panthers as D coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. EST: Jay Glazer of FOX Sports says Jim Mora. Jr. is interviewing in Denver. Mora is also still pondering Philadelphia.


According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, fired Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has found a new home: Carolina. McDermott interviewed in Denver over the weekend but will assume a role on Ron Rivera’s new staff. Rivera’s defensive pedigree likely means that McDermott will merely ride shotgun, rather than drive the Panthers’ defense.

As for who will replace McDermott in Philadelphia…

According to Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer, there are three candidates for the now-vacant defensive coordinator job: Jim Mora Jr., Dick Jauron and Bill Davis. Mora and Jauron both have head coaching experience (Mora with the Seahawks and Falcons…where he coached Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick; Jauron with the Bills, Bears and, briefly, Lions). Davis was most recently the defensive coordinator in Arizona.

The interview process has not begun, as Andy Reid is on vacation. Reid may need to hurry home, though, because Jauron’s name, along with Dave Wannstedt’s, has surfaced in Cleveland. Then again, Jauron is already on Philly’s staff as the secondary coach, so don’t expect Reid to be in the dark about his happenings.

The Eagles want experience at Jim Johnson’s old D coordinator post. Strictly in that sense, Jauron would be the best fit. Davis is a surprise contender, as the Cardinals ranked near the bottom in every major defensive category this season. They did, however, finish first in red zone defense, an area where the Eagles were awful in historic proportions.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 2:37 pm

Cardinals making change at defensive coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Thursday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken WhisenhunB. Davis (US Presswire) announced that he had fired defensive coordinator Bill Davis.

"I have great respect for Billy as a coach and a friend, but when you go 5-11 you're forced to make some tough decisions, and this is one of them," Whisenhunt said.

Whisenhunt has always had the stomach for changing defensive coordinators. He fired Clancy Prendergast shortly after the Cardinals’ Super Bowl appearance.

The Cardinals defense ranked 31st in yards allowed this past season. But in Davis’ first year, when the team had inside linebacker Karlos Dansby and free safety Antrel Rolle, the Cardinals were 14th in yards.

But, as safety Kerry Rhodes told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, "Whenever you're the head guy you're going to catch flak. You could see (the firing) coming."

Whisenhunt will likely go outside the organization to find Davis’ replacement. Many believe that his former colleague and current Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler is the front runner. Upon taking the Cardinals job in ’07, Whisenhunt requested to interview Butler but was denied by the Steeler brass. In ’09 Butler was unable to interview because of hip surgery. (If Whisenhunt surprises by promoting someone from within the organization, expect him to tap secondary coach Teryl Austin.)

Butler is obviously erudite in the 3-4 scheme, which the Cardinals ostensibly prefer (they spent a first-round pick on a true nose tackle, Dan Williams). Whoever gets the job will need more firepower at the outside linebacker position. Joey Porter underachieved as the team’s headlining free agent pickup. His counterpart, Clark Haggans, is only good for about five sacks a year. There is little to no depth behind both guys.

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