Thursday, February 7, 2013
Impact of the Davis hire
By Tim Kavanagh
Recently, there was a report that the Philadelphia Eagles were interested in Billy Davis as their next DC, despite mixed results in his previous employment with that title in other NFL cities; in the ensuing days, Davis' name faded from the discussion, as candidates from the 49ers and Ravens (along with Georgia DC Todd Grantham) took center stage. As of Thursday, though, it's Davis that's been tapped for the job, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia.
So what does this tell us? For one, it confirms that the Eagles will be converting to a 3-4 base scheme, as this is the configuration in which Davis has primarily worked. So they're going to have to find a nose tackle and figure out what to do with some veterans like Trent Cole and DeMeco Ryans that may not fit in that configuration. It won't be surprising if their first-rounder -- No. 4 overall -- is used on a player that fits into one of the vacancies. Moreover, they may be in the mix for FAs that can help in that regard, such as Anthony Spencer or Paul Kruger, if they can clear some cap space.