Bill Davis


Bill Davis was named the Browns’ linebackers coach on January 31, 2011. He re-joins the Browns’ staff after previously serving as defensive quality control coach during the 1999 season.

Bill Davis was named the Browns’ linebackers coach on January 31, 2011. He re-joins the Browns’ staff after previously serving as defensive quality control coach during the 1999 season.


Most recently, he spent the last four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, first as linebackers coach from 2007-08 and then as defensive coordinator from 2009-10. He helped guide safety Adrian Wilson to Pro Bowl selections in 2009 and 2010 and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, Antrel Rolle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the honor in 2009. In Davis’ first year as defensive coordinator, his unit allowed 325 points, the fifth-lowest total for the franchise since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The Cardinals also tallied 21 interceptions, the team’s highest figure since 1994.


From 2005-06, Davis served as the defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. Under Davis’ tutelage, cornerback Walt Harris tied for the NFC lead with eight interceptions en route to the only Pro Bowl selection of his 13-year career.


Davis joined San Francisco after completing one season (2004) as linebackers coach for the New York Giants.

Prior to that, Davis spent the previous three campaigns as the Atlanta Falcons’ linebackers coach. During that span, linebacker Keith Brooking was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons under Davis.


Before his stint in Atlanta, Davis spent one season with the Green Bay Packers (2000) as defensive assistant/defensive line coach and one season with the Browns (1999) as defensive quality control coach.


In 1995, Davis began a four-year stretch as the outside linebackers coach with the Carolina Panthers. In 1996, linebackers Kevin Greene and Lamar Lathon finished first and second in the NFL in sacks, with 14.5 and 13.5, respectively, as the Panthers advanced to the NFC Championship Game. Both players were selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad that year.


Davis’ first NFL coaching position came in 1992 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he worked as a defensive quality control coach. He remained on Bill Cowher’s staff for two more seasons, serving as the defensive quality control coach and assisting with the linebackers.


While earning a master’s degree in athletic administration, Davis served as a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State University from 1990-91. He was a quarterback and wide receiver at the University of Cincinnati.


Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Davis attended Berea (Ohio) High School. His father, Bill Davis, spent 15 seasons in the NFL as a coach and executive, including six years (1981-86) with the Browns as director of player personnel and later vice president of personnel. Bill and his wife, Sherry, have four daughters, Monica, Brooke and twins Grace and Ava, and a son, Billy.


Bill Davis’ Coaching Background:

1990-91           Michigan State University, graduate assistant coach

1992-94           Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive quality control coach

1995-98           Carolina Panthers, outside linebackers coach

1999                Cleveland Browns, defensive quality control coach

2000                Green Bay Packers, defensive assistant/defensive line coach

2001-03           Atlanta Falcons, linebackers coach

2004                New York Giants, linebackers coach

2005-06           San Francisco 49ers, defensive coordinator

2007-08           Arizona Cardinals, linebackers coach

2009-10           Arizona Cardinals, defensive coordinator

2011                Cleveland Browns, linebackers coach



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