Posts Tagged ‘Jim Wasburn’

When free agency began there was a mass influx of free agents who decided to join the Eagles organization, plus one who arrived via trade. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, Vince Young and Ronnie Brown are some of the notable new names on the Eagles roster trying to help the team get to the Super Bowl and win it. What some people might not know is that not only do The Eagles have new players on the team, but there are also new coaches who will be trying to get the most out of these players. Over the next couple of days we’ll meet the new coaches. The first one is:

Jim Washburn – Defensive Line Coach

One word you might use to describe Jim Washburn is crass. You might also use, blunt, rude or just a mean SOB. If Comcast Sportsnet, ESPN, or the NFL Network decided to air one of the Eagles practices they would have to have the FCC “bleep out” guy work overtime. That being said, not many coaches are known to get more out of their players than Jim Washburn. Jim is best known for his tenure with the Tennessee Titans, which ran from 1999 to 2010. There, he helped turn players like Kyle Vanden Bosch, Jevon Kearse, and Albert Haynesworth into household names. During his twelve year tenure the Titans ranked 7th in the NFL in sacks and in 2008 they led the league in that category. Jim Washburn can also be partially credited with the Eagles signing of free agent Jason Babin. Jason has been kind of a journey man in the NFL. During his eight year career, Jason has played with the Texans, Chiefs, Seahawks, Titans and Eagles and has amassed a total of 30 sacks. Thirteen of those (or nearly half) came during the 2010 season while with the Tennessee Titans, under the direction of –you guessed it– Jim Washburn. During a recent interview with 610 WIP, Jason Babin captured the essence of Washburn’s teaching style. He said, and I paraphrase, at first you kind of want to run him over with your car in the parking lot, but then you understand that he’s just trying to put you in a position to be successful. If Jim Washburn can get the same production out of this defensive line as he did with some of the Titans defensive lines, we’re in for a fun season.