Friday, January 19, 2007
Whisenhunt hires veteran assistants to staff
TEMPE, Ariz. -- New Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt
hired three assistant coaches on Friday, including Billy Davis,
recently fired as defensive coordinator by the San Francisco 49ers.
Davis will coach the Cardinals' linebackers. Whisenhunt also
hired Kevin Spencer as special teams coach and John Lott as
strength and conditioning coach.
Spencer was special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers,
where Whisenhunt was offensive coordinator for three seasons before
replacing the fired Dennis Green as Cardinals head coach last
Davis was defensive coordinator in San Francisco for two
seasons. His 14-year NFL coaching career includes stops with
Pittsburgh, Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Atlanta and the New
Spencer, an NFL assistant for 16 seasons, was selected as the
league's special teams coach of the year by his peers in 2003. He
also coached for Indianapolis, Cleveland and Oakland.
Lott was strength and conditioning coach for Cleveland the past
two seasons. Before that, he held the same job for eight years with
the New York Jets.
Whisenhunt hired his first assistant, Teryl Austin, as defensive
backs coach on Thursday.