Billy Davis (American football coach)
|Born:||November 5, 1965|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
A 24-year NFL assistant, Davis’s resume includes defensive coordinator positions with Arizona Cardinals (2009-10) and San Francisco (2005-06) in addition to his three seasons with the Eagles. He has also coached linebackers for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL), with Atlanta, the New York Giants, Arizona and Cleveland.
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.
Davis attended the University of Cincinnati and was a quarterback and wide receiver on the football team from 1985 to 1988. Davis met Urban Meyer during this time and was the best man in his wedding.
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 PackersEdit
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 GiantsEdit
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 49ersEdit
On February 6, 2005, 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 Nolan wanted to implement in San Francisco's defense and a recommendation Nolan got from New York Giants DC Tim Lewis.
He was the Assistant Defense coach for the Arizona Cardinals when they went to the Super Bowl, eventually losing to the Steelers. He was Defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.
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.
In December 2016 it was announced that he will be hired to the Ohio State football defensive staff..
Arizona Cardinals (second stint)Edit
NFL head coaches under whom Bill Davis has served:
- Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers (1992–1994)
- Dom Capers, Carolina Panthers (1995–1998)
- Chris Palmer, Cleveland Browns (1999)
- Mike Sherman, Green Bay Packers (2000)
- Dan Reeves, Atlanta Falcons (2001–2003)
- Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (2004)
- Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers (2005–2006)
- Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals (2007–2010)
- Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns (2011–2012)
- Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles (2013–2015)
- Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals (2019–present)
Bill Davis lives with his wife, Sherry, and they are the parents of five children: Monica, Brooke, twins Grace and Ava and son Billy.
- "OhioStateBuckeyes.com Bill Davis Bio :: The Ohio State University Official Athletic Site The Ohio State University Official Athletic Site :: Football". www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- Arizona Cardinals. Bill Davis Retrieved on March 25, 2008.
- USA Today. Niners hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator Retrieved on March 26, 2008.
- SFGate. 49ers hire Davis as defensive coordinator. Retrieved on March 26, 2008
- "Cleveland Browns hire assistant coaches Mark Whipple (QBs), Bill Davis (LBs), Dwaine Board (defensive line) and Mike Wilson (receivers)". Retrieved August 27, 2016.
- "Billy Davis set to run Philadelphia Eagles' defense". nfl.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
- "Report: Jim Schwartz to be named Eagles DC". Retrieved August 27, 2016.
- "Veteran NFL Coach Bill Davis Joins Ohio State Staff". ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
| San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator
| Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator
| Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator