Billy Davis in as New Defensive Coordinator

Geoff Mosher broke the news that Billy Davis will be the Eagles new defensive coordinator. The former Browns linebackers coach has been with eight different NFL teams, and has coached under 3-4 luminaries like Dom Capers, Dick LeBeau, Vic Fangio, Wade Phillips, and Mike Nolan. Davis's two previous stints as coordinator -- in San Francisco and Arizona -- didn't go so well, but don't necessarily count him out in Philly. At the very least, he has the experience to chop up the Eagles' long-running 4-3 scheme and put it back together with new pieces.

More on this to come.

Who Howie Wants For Head Coach?

An educated guess from a former Eagles scout and current NFLN analyst Dan Jeremiah:

If the Eagles make a coaching change, I could see Chip Kelly (HC) running the offense and Mike Pettine running the defense.

Update: Jason La Canfora cites league sources and "multiple executives of rival teams" that say the Eagles will make a "heavy push" for Kelly. He suggests that the Eagles will "be among the first to try to interview" the Oregon coach.

Everything You Need To Know About Andy Reid's Decision To Hire Juan Castillo

Jonathan Tamari, taking a break from his new job as the Inquirer's Washington correspondent to weigh in on Juan Castillo's firing. This nugget stuck out:

So when Reid asked him to become the Eagles’ defensive coordinator after more than 20 years teaching offense, Castillo agreed, never mind that his last experience on D was at a Texas high school in 1989. (Apropos of his maniacal work ethic, the interview was at 4 a.m.) Castillo said this was what he always really wanted.

When was the last time anyone made a good decision at 4 a.m.?

Too Little, Too Late?

Reuben Frank:

According to a source, Andy called Juan into his office this morning and dismissed him. Juan will no longer be with the team in any capacity

More to come on this, obviously.

Following a Legend

Paul Domowitch continues his road trip visiting former Eagles. This time he checked in on Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott:

"Following somebody who has had a lot of success, the expectations are almost unfair," [Panthers Head Coach Ron] Rivera said. "When I was playing for the Bears, Vince Tobin came in and replaced Buddy after he left to become the Eagles' head coach. Vince never got the respect he deserved because it was Buddy this, Buddy that. But when you look at some of the things Vince did, you say, ‘Wow, that's pretty doggone good.'

“So when I look at Sean's situation — and Andy and I talked about it — just the expectation level was so great, Andy thought this would be a great opportunity for Sean to come down here and reinvent who he is."

Our memories of McDermott's convoluted schemes are certainly tempered by Juan Castillo's disastrous coaching job last year. I wonder how much following Jim Johnson really doomed the former Eagles coordinator. Certainly we know that he struggled to command respect from veteran players.

You Gotta Believe

Everyone lapped up the “I’d take a bullet for Andy” quote, but to me, this one from Juan Castillo is more ridiculous. Per Jeff McLane:

Asked what he thought was the biggest thing he learned last season, Castillo answered in true form, “That when you work hard, and you believe in something, and you don’t change no matter, that good things do happen.”

Do you believe? Oh please, please believe. If you believe, wherever you are, clap your hands and she’ll hear you…