Davis can only do so much. Even if Fickell was still here he can't make Borland fast enough to cover in space, he can't speed up how fast/slow Browning is learning to play MLB.. He would have told Werner a 100 times "stop tipping your blitzes" and it would have been the same result. Davis isn't on an island. Schiano is there. Urban is there.. When guys aren't doing simple fundamental things that's way past coaching. That's talent and understanding of the game by the player..
People seem to forget we had some injuries and some classes that we whiffed on a few folks that left us with a young/raw two deep.. We killed it in 2014/2015 so much that in 2016 we sort of settled on some guys because the top tier guys figured we were so loaded they wouldn't see the field... Raekwon and Baker leave early and Hilliard and Conner can't stay healthy and suddenly we are THIN at the position. Harrison is still raw and learning a position he didn't play in high school, Borland is limited in that he's better against the run vs the pass and Jones has struggled to grasp the position to this point.
The 2017 class was brutal. We needed a lot more than 2 dudes. Browning was a nice score but only adding in Werner when we were already needing bodies didn't help. Davis coming in and Fickell going out was just horrible timing..
I think Davis crushed it in 2018.... but those dudes are young/raw and it's going to take time..
2015..... Hilliard ( injuries) Baker ( NFL) Conner ( medical)
2016..... Borland, Jones, Harrison
2017.... Browning, Wener
2018... Mitchell, Gant, Baptiste, Pope
I don't know if Davis is an elite LB coach. Maybe he is.. Maybe he isn't.. I do know he''s not playing with a full deck talent/depth wise... right now.. Only group where you can't point to a guy as being a potential all-american or even all b10...and that lack of talent right now is going to color any opinion on him until some of the kids starts playing..