If the Eagles are in fact planning to hire current San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell for their vacant defensive coordinator position, they’re sure doing a good job of disguising it.
With Donatell’s current team preparing to take on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in New Orleans, the Eagles are apparently still pursuing other options as they’ve brought in former Browns linebacker coach Billy Davis yesterday to interview for the vacant defensive coordinator position. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the story. Davis, who isn’t expected to remain with the Browns, will also interview with the Jets Monday.
The 47-year-old Davis is well-versed in the 3-4 defensive front and has obvious ties to new Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur who served as the Browns head coach for the past two seasons. It’s a virtual certainty Shurmur gave his new employer a positive review of Davis’ coaching abilities.
The report comes on the heels of an earlier Philadelphia Inquirer report that suggests the Eagles are also interested in current Ravens linebackers coach Ted Manachino.
Both Donatell and Manachino cannot interview until after this weekend’s game.