Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the Eagles have been talking to Titans defensive line coach, Jim Washburn. The veteran defensive line coach, who has been with the Titans for 12 years, is known for his fiery demeanor.
“After talking to sources tonight,” Wyatt said via Twitter, “I’ll be surprised if Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn doesn’t leave for Eagles.”
The fact that the Eagles are going after a new defensive line coach while their head coach and Executive Vice-President Of Football Operations is on vacation says a lot. Is Andy Reid still running things at the Nova Care complex? We’ll get into that in another article, but let’s get back to Washburn.
One reason for the Eagles’ interest in Washburn is his success coaching former Eagles defensive end Jason Babin. The Titans defensive end and former Eagle is headed to the Pro Bowl after recording 12.5 quarterback sacks. He had played for the Birds in 2009, but they let him walk and he got to the quarterback more than any of the Eagles defensive linemen in 2010.
Titans head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t give any detail concerning the possibility that Washburn may be headed north to coach for the Eagles but he did verify the report.
“The only thing I can confirm is he has been talking them,’’ Fisher said regarding Washburn and the Eagles. “We are in the middle of it and going back and forth. I would think we’d find out in the next day or so.’’