Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Washburn is Eagles D-line coach

The Eagles hired Jim Washburn, allowed to search for another job by the Tennessee Titans, as defensive line coach Wednesday.

Washburn spent all 12 of his years in the NFL coaching up the Titans defensive linemen, including the likes of Jevon Kearse and – you ready or this? – Albert Haynesworth.

Washburn replaces Rory Segrest, the scapegoat for an Eagles line short on talent and pass rush. Segrest was told it would be a good idea to look for another job.

In the Washburn era the Titans are seventh in the NFL with 474 sacks. They also rank fifth against the run, limiting opponents to just 102.9 rushing yards per game.

The Eagles are excited that Washburn oversaw the development of Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tony Brown, Jason Babin, Kevin Carter, Antwan Odom, Robaire Smith, John Thornton and Gary Walker, among others.

Vanden Bosch, Babin, Carter, Haynesworth, Kearse and Walker earned a combined eleven Pro Bowl selections under Washburn’s tutelage.

No Eagles defensive linemen were voted into the upcoming Pro Bowl.


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