It’s a done deal, the Eagles just announced that they have signed Jim Washburn to replace Rory Segrest as their new defensive line coach. The veteran coach who spent 12 years in Tennessee working for head coach Jeff Fisher and is known for getting everything out of his players.
I wonder if the Eagles would ask Washburn if he could get Albert Haynesworth to play hard and produce. The Big Guys had his best years in Tennessee and he was unblockable and that’s why the Titans went 13-3 one year. I know that bringing Haynesworth in here would be a big gamble, but if you want to win a Super Bowl and he wanted to play, there’s nobody in the league who could block him as a tackle in the 4-3 defense.
Adding a motivated Haynesworth to this current Eagles defense would be the best thing they could do to improve them. I had to get that out of my system, now let’s get back to Washburn is supposed to be a fiery coach who will be making a lot of noise in training camp.
“We are thrilled to add a quality defensive line coach in Jim Washburn,” said head coach Andy Reid. “He had a great tenure with Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans and he’ll play a big part in the development of our defensive line moving forward. He’s had a number of Pro Bowl players working under him over the years with the Titans and we’re happy to have him join our coaching staff in Philadelphia.”
The 60-year old coach had a lot of good things to say about Fisher and the Tennessee football club after signing with the Birds. “Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Jeff Fisher and the Titans organization for allowing a nobody like me to coach in the NFL for the last 12 years”, Washburn said.
“An opportunity came along for me to join the Eagles and I felt like it was good timing. At this stage of my career, I’m ready to make a change. This is no reflection on the state of the Titans but just a good opportunity for me.
“My wife, Sandy, and I have long planned to make Middle Tennessee our home and that is still our plan. However, we look forward to moving to Philadelphia and joining a top-flight organization like the Eagles and work for a premier coach in Andy Reid.”
During Washburn’s time with the Titans the defense has ranked 7th in the NFL in sacks (474), while ranking 5th against the run, limiting opponents to just 102.9 rushing yards per game during that span.
He’s had a bevy of Pro Bowlers and defensive linemen which has helped have productive careers in the NFL. Here are some of the players on that list: Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tony Brown, Jason Babin, Kevin Carter, Albert Haynesworth, Jevon Kearse, Antwan Odom, Robaire Smith, John Thornton and Gary Walker. Seven of those players (Vanden Bosch, Babin, Carter, Haynesworth, Kearse and Walker) earned a combined eleven Pro Bowl selections under Washburn’s tutelage. Among defensive linemen, both of those totals led the league during that span.
In 2008, the Titans led the NFL in defensive line sacks as they received sack production from nine different defensive linemen, accounting for 39.5 of the team’s 44 sacks. Entering that season, five of those nine players had never registered a sack before. For his work with the unproven talent that season, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King named Washburn his assistant coach of the year.