The Eagles announced early Monday morning that they have relieved defensive line coach Jim Washburn of his duties effective immediately. Washburn was hired as the Eagles defensive line coach prior to the 2011 season.
The team also announced that Washburn will be replaced by Tommy Brasher, the Eagles' D-line coach in 1985 and again from 1999-2005.
“Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,” head coach Andy Reid said. “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.”
The way we see it
As we wrote last week, the hiring of the caustic Washburn proved to be a wayward step in the reloading process over the past two years. He had divided himself and his DL group from the rest of the team, despite some team sources insisting otherwise, and was sent a loud message with the release of DE Jason Babin last week. Reports suggested that things got worse after Babin was released, and the Eagles decided that enough was enough.