After three years spent largely as a backup for three teams, DE Jason Babin signed with the Titans in March. Tennessee's defensive scheme appealed to him. So did playing for legendary Titans DL coach Jim Washburn, known for his teaching — and his temper.
"Most people that know him, it's either you love him or you hate him," Babin told PFW of Washburn. "I know guys I'm friends with that played here in that position, and they told me what they did and how he coached, how (they) played and how they spoke of them. From (Bengals DE) Antwan (Odom) to (Lions DE) Kyle (Vanden Bosch), they spoke extremely highly of him. So I've been trying to get here for more than just last year. It just finally worked out that way."
Babin, who's on a one-year contract, notched 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble as the starting left defensive end in the Titans' first two games with William Hayes out with a knee injury. Given an opportunity to play, Babin has produced.
"The last three years, it was, 'Yeah, yeah, you got a shot, but no matter what you do, it's not going to happen,' " Babin said, chuckling. Babin signed with Tennessee, he said, because he was promised a "legit shot" at playing time.
Babin, a first-round pick of the Texans in 2004, was traded to Seattle in September '07, but he played in just four games in two seasons before being released in September '08. Babin, who noted that the importance of being eco-friendly was about the only thing he learned during his time playing in Seattle, claimed he "could never get a straight answer" from the Seahawks as to why he didn't play more. He signed with the Chiefs in November '08, then moved on to Philadelphia in August '09 as a free agent.
In Tennessee, he plays in a defense that suits him — and for a demanding but fair position coach in Washburn, he said.
"The thing about him is, he might yell, he might cuss, he might yell at you, but when you do something right, get a sack, he's hugging you up, he's happy for you, he's proud of you, he lets you know," Babin said.
The Titans have given him a chance, and Babin likes that they have kept their promise.
"They told me one thing, and guess what? That's what it was," he said.