Is it a coincidence that the Eagles who are in desperate help of some difference-makers on the defensive side of the ball, decided to pursue a couple of defensive coaches who happen to have coached two of the most talented defensive players in the NFL.
One of those defensive players is a free agent and the other one is expected to be released by his football team.
You know the story with the Eagles new defensive line coach Jim Washburn. His prize pupil is Washington Redskins 350-pound bully Albert Haynesworth. During part of Haynesworth’s time with Washburn, he dominated the NFL and at times was unblockable.
Mike Shanahan didn’t have as much success with Haynesworth. The former Denver Broncos head coach wanted Fat Albert to take on double-team block at nose tackle in the 3-4 defense, but the former Tennessee Volunteer told the coach he was a 4-3 defensive tackle who majored in disrupting running plays and getting to the quarterback.
They spent the summer feuding and kept it going on and off throughout most of the season, until Shanahan said he had enough of the big fella with a few games left to go in the season. They’re expected to either try to trade him or just release him.
It didn’t take long for Haynesworth to reach for help from his former defensive line coach. He has already went on the record and said he would take less money to play for Washburn in Philadelphia.
Perhaps Haynesworth’s name came up in the Eagles interview of Washburn. I can’t say that it did, but anybody who has seen a focused and motivated Haynesworth take apart a defense knows that he could take the Birds defensive line to another level just by his mere presence on the field.
I could see it now, Haynesworth and Antonio Dixon collapsing the pocket on 3rd and long. Who could run on us with those two lined up inside?
Another defensive coach that the Birds have their eyes on is Green Bay defensive back coach Darren Perry. It’s been reported that they’re going to request permission from the Packers to interview Perry after the Super Bowl.
Coincidentally, we see that one of Perry’s prize pupils is Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who happens to be a free agent right now. Perry was Asomugha’s coach in 2007 and 2008.
Could Perry’s relationship with Asomugha tip the scales for the Eagles if they pursued him? Perhaps. Will Asomugha’s name come up when Perry is interviewed by the Eagles? Perhaps.
It sure wouldn’t hurt the Eagles defense to add one of the top shut down corners in the NFL to a defense which had right cornerbacks who were consistently torched a year ago. The Birds defense surrendered 31 touchdown passes and was the worst defense in the red zone in the NFL in the last 25 years.
I can see it now. It’s the fourth quarter of next year’s NFC Championship game and Aaron Rodgers fails to complete or throw the ball to his number one receiver Greg Jennings one time because Asomugha has erased the wide out.
Rodgers is also have a tough time stepping up in the pocket and seeing downfield because he’s under constant pressure from “Fat Albert” Haynesworth, who has sacked him twice and is caving in the Packers offensive line with his brute strength.
The Eagles number one ranked defense leads the Birds to a 31-10 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, as the Eagles head to the Super Bowl to battle Rex Ryan’s New York Jets.