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December 28, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Babin continues to jab the Eagles from afar, and this time his comments were directed toward the organization's view of him and ousted defensive line coach Jim Washburn. The Eagles signed Babin to a five-year, $28 million contract in 2011 and waived him Nov. 27, citing the desire to play younger players. On Wednesday he praised the Jacksonville Jaguars, who claimed him off waivers, and implied that the Eagles thought no one wanted him. "That was probably their approach because they don't have amicable splits with people," Babin said during a conference call with Tennessee reporters.
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October 22, 2012
Jason Babin Defensive end Paw Paw High School Paw Paw, Mich. Jason Babin grew up in Paw Paw, Mich. - or, as the locals say, "a town so nice they named it twice. " Located in the southwestern end of the state, Paw Paw is a sleepy community, a place where people look out for one another. So it came as an unexpected commotion when they looked out their windows and saw a young man running down the street with an old truck tire attached to a pair of shoulder pads by a logging chain.
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December 19, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As if he hadn't done enough damage, as the season has gone on the Eagles have employed new ways to utilize Jason Babin's pass-rushing skills. The new wrinkles have worked even better than the old ones, as Babin demonstrated with a three-sack performance during Sunday's 45-19 win over the visiting New York Jets. That matched the three-sack effort he had in last week's 26-10 win at Miami. In the win over the Dolphins, Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo at times used defensive ends Trent Cole and Babin as de facto stand-up linebackers, rushing from the middle.
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November 28, 2012
Andy Reid spoke to the fans for 18 minutes Tuesday during his weekly media briefing at the NovaCare Complex, and although he went into some thoughtful analysis of the Eagles and the NFL - "Anybody can win any Sunday" - he didn't find time to mention that one of the supposed leaders of his team was about to be booted onto Pattison Avenue. There's no denying that defensive end Jason Babin was having a bad year, or that his sack fetish had overwhelmed the basic function of his position, but if you're going to roast a scapegoat, you ought to have the courage to do it in a forum that will incur real questions about the move.
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November 30, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day later, the reverberations from Jason Babin's release were still being felt at the NovaCare Complex, but perhaps nowhere as great as they were in the office of Jim Washburn. The defensive line coach was not pleased when the Eagles cut the veteran defensive end Tuesday, sources close to Washburn said Wednesday. Washburn was upset, according to one source, because he believed that Babin was a scapegoat for the deficiencies on the defense, especially on the line. The Eagles defense has gone into a tailspin since Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator.
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November 28, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A FEW MONTHS AGO, news that the Eagles had released Jason Babin and placed DeSean Jackson on injured reserve would have stunned. That kind of double lightning bolt would have given rise to widespread lamentation, to wailing and gnashing of teeth. But when those developments arrived Tuesday, with the season in ruins and Andy Reid's 14-year era at its low ebb, they lacked the ability to shock. Waive a 2011 Pro Bowl defensive end, in the second season of a 5-year contract? Sure, what the heck.
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November 28, 2012
The wide nine: January 2011-November 2012. We gather here to pay our last respects to the worst idea in Philadelphia sports history since Gene Mauch pitched Jim Bunning and Chris Short on two days' rest. The wide nine, in theory and even occasionally in execution, can be an effective way to stop an NFL offense. But Andy Reid's decision to base his entire defense on Jim Washburn's defensive line scheme and then expect an unqualified coordinator to run it with the wrong personnel was a failure of epic proportions.
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November 16, 2012
TWO 3-6 TEAMS starting rookie quarterbacks. I guess I'll take the QB who has been starting all season over the one making his first start, especially since Robert Griffin III is at home, and Nick Foles will be working in a hostile environment, behind a bad offensive line. I like Foles. I think he'll throw at least one touchdown pass. But I also think he's likely to throw at least one ill-timed pick, and that will be the point where the Eagles' fragile defense crumples like Kleenex.
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June 29, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.
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June 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To begin his transformation into an every-down linebacker, Brandon Graham met with his new position coach before the 2013 season and found something that had eluded him through his first three years in the NFL: support. Bill McGovern, the Eagles' outside linebackers coach, had watched film of Graham and determined that there was something more to him than just another defensive end who liked to chase quarterbacks. In the 3-4 scheme that Chip Kelly preferred, Graham would be a better fit as a linebacker.
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December 4, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, Brandon Graham dreaded the questions. Graham knew that when the Eagles played the Seattle Seahawks and safety Earl Thomas, he would hear questions about whether he was a draft bust. Graham, the Eagles' first-round pick in 2010, still hears from fans who wish the team selected Thomas when they traded up to the No. 13 overall pick. Considering that Thomas is a three-time all-pro and Graham has 17 career sacks, that is a reasonable opinion. But Graham has started to shed the bust label this season.
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March 10, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles begin free agency in a familiar position: with money to spend and with holes to fill. The Eagles don't want to build their team in March, but financial flexibility and an aggressive approach is how the team signed Jevon Kearse and acquired Terrell Owens in 2004. It was also the impetus to get Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Babin to headline their ill-fated 2011 free-agent class. General manager Howie Roseman insists that the Eagles will not approach the offseason thinking they're a player or two away from title contention.
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March 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
OCCASIONALLY, circumstances dictate that several lesser issues be plumbed at once. And, so . . . If the Eagles do, in fact, pursue a top free-agent safety when negotiations begin Saturday, it will be a marked departure from the philosophy they have followed in the nearly 20 years Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team. Yes, they signed Brian Dawkins to a 7-year extension after the 2002 season, but Dawkins was their own: a second-round pick in 1996, in the prime of his career, with impeccable character and an unmatched skill set. He was the most professional person in the franchise and the key to Jim Johnson's fearsome defensive scheme.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Earl Wolff was sitting at his locker at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday afternoon, his back to everyone, his head hanging low, when out of the corner of his eye he saw DeMeco Ryans enter the room. A rookie safety, Wolff is nursing an injured right knee and has missed four of the Eagles' last five games. Though he had practiced Thursday, he still felt so sore that he worried whether he'd be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, for the game that will determine whether the Eagles reach the playoffs.
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November 19, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
We're used to rain delays in baseball, but football tradition is to play, come hell or high water. Both arrived on Sunday in Chicago - and the better part of valor came into play. With reports of multiple tornadoes wreaking havoc throughout Illinois, officials at Soldier Field suspended the game between the Bears and Baltimore Ravens. Fans were ordered to the concourse and players sent to the locker room as angry gray clouds boiled in bringing high winds and rain so heavy the city skyline could not be seen.
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October 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
FALL BOW SEASON opened Sept. 14 in New Jersey. Trent Cole already has downed two deer. Quarterback season opened Sept. 9. Cole has yet to bag a QB. He hasn't even scared many. As a matter of fact, Cole hasn't recorded a sack in six games, dating back to 2012. He has been credited with only two hurries this season. Mention this to him, and . . . he flashes his million-dollar smile? Sure. He has been waiting for this issue to arise; and, like any good huntsman, he is prepared.
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August 7, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY makes mistakes. But 2 years ago, the Eagles' decision-making troika of Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and Joe Banner made enough of them over a 3-month span to merit Guinness Book of World Records consideration. That April, they swung and missed with their first three draft picks - guard Danny Watkins, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and cornerback Curtis Marsh. Watkins, who was benched after six games last year, has been a bust. Jarrett was canned after one season. And Marsh has been on the field for a total of 75 defensive snaps in 2 years.
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June 29, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.
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June 2, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vinny Curry agonized while inactive for 10 games last season, watching from the sideline in street clothes even though the Eagles defense struggled to accumulate sacks. That's what Curry was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft to do. His rookie season never materialized the way he or the team hoped, and Curry was limited to six games and did not record a single sack. The offseason coaching changes meant that the staff that sat Curry was gone. But the new staff was not responsible for taking him in the second round and switched to a scheme that does not appear an ideal fit. "I know how I felt last year to be inactive for 10 games, and I told myself there will be no excuse, no room for no error," Curry said.
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