Billy Davis (American football coach)
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|Date of birth||November 5, 1965|
|Place of birth||Youngstown, Ohio|
|Position(s)||Quarterback, wide receiver|
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Bill Davis (born November 5, 1965) is an American football coach. He currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). Davis previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College years
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 Personal
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Davis was born on November 5, 1965 in Youngstown, Ohio. His father, Bill Davis, coached in the NFL for 13 years, included the six years he was the Cleveland Browns’ vice president of player personnel. As a kid, Davis was hired to be a ball boy for Dick Vermeil in Philadelphia and Don Shula in Miami.
In 1992, Davis entered the NFL as the defensive assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For most of his football career, Davis had played and coached on the offensive side of the ball, but under head coach Bill Cowher, Davis coached the Pittsburgh defense for three years.
In 1995, under coach Dom Capers, Davis spent four years with the newly created Carolina Panthers. In his second year with Carolina, linebacker Kevin Greene finished first in the NFL in sacks with 14.5, and Lamar Lathon finished second in the NFL in sacks with 13.5. Both linebackers went to the Pro Bowl that year.
Green Bay Packers
Davis then went to the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, where he spent the next three seasons as the linebackers coach under Dan Reeves. Davis helped then defensive coordinator Wade Phillips implement his new 3-4 defense. During Davis' three years at Atlanta, linebacker Keith Brooking went to the Pro Bowl each year.
New York Giants
Davis was the New York Giants linebackers coach in 2004. According to defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, Bill commanded the room whenever speaking to players and compiled blitz packages, a job usually done by the defensive coordinator.
San Francisco 49ers
On February 6, 2005, Billy Davis was hired by San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan to be the defensive coordinator on the team after a six hour interview. One of the reasons Davis got the job was because he had experience with the 3-4 defense that Coach Nolan wanted to implement in San Francisco's defense and a recommendation Nolan got from New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis.
He was the Linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals when they went to the Super Bowl, eventually losing to the Steelers.
On January 31, 2011 it was announced that Davis was hired as the linebackers coach.
On February 7, 2013, it was announced that Davis was hired as the Defensive Coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bill Davis lives with his wife, Sherry, and five children: Monica, Brooke, twins Grace and Ava and son Billy.
- Arizona Cardinals. Bill Davis Retrieved on 2008-03-25.
- USA Today. Niners hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator Retrieved on 2008-03-26
- SFGate. 49ers hire Davis as defensive coordinator. Retrieved on 2008-03-26
- Press Democrat. Billy Davis fired as defensive coordinator. Retrieved on 2008-03-25.
|San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator
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|Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator
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