Now former Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn is not a bad football coach.
And his much-maligned “Wide-nine” scheme has, in past years, proven to be a successful defensive front. Sometimes.
But with the dismissal of his star pupil Jason Babin serving as the writing on the wall, the Eagles have announced they’ve fired Washburn after yet another disastrous defensive performance in Dallas and replaced him with former defensive line coach Tommy Brasher.
Andy Reid issued a statement about Washburn’s firing.
“Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,” said via a team press release. “However, I determined that it was in the team’s best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line.”
Washburn’s flawed system failed this season to do the one thing that it is designed to do–get to the quarterback. But it appears Washburn’s dismissal may have been about more than just poor results.
According the The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, one Eagles source called Washburn a “cancer” around the team. He was a polarizing figure and often complained to players about current defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his former boss Juan Castillo.
Moving forward, Washurn should be less concerned with the fact that his scheme is flawed and more concerned with the growing (and rightfully earned) perception that he’s a jackass.