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September 18, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It could be the Eagles front office was a little preoccupied in late March 2010, just days from finalizing the trade that would send quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington and signal the beginning of the 1,000-year reign of Kevin Kolb. Distracted or not, the Eagles passed on the chance to match a contract offer made by Tennessee to free-agent defensive end Jason Babin. Based on the length of his career, Babin should have been eligible for unrestricted free agency, but the Eagles had gone to the trouble of getting a first-refusal clause when they signed the journeyman for the 2009 season.
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June 1, 2012 | Rich Hofmann
JIM WASHBURN WAS telling a story the other day, a story about himself, laced with equal parts down-home, self-deprecation and what-the-hell. It is what the Eagles' defensive line coach does. It was a story from back in 1999, when Washburn was interviewing for a defensive line coach job with Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Tennessee Titans. "It was me and him and Gregg Williams – ooh, I shouldn't have said that," Washburn said, smiling. Williams, of course, is the man who was banished by the NFL for running a bounty program in New Orleans.
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January 20, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
UPDATE: After being introduced Tuesday as the Eagles' new head coach, Doug Pederson said that Jim Schwartz would be the team's new defensive coordinator. Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and was to interview on Tuesday, an NFL source said. The Eagles officially announced Pederson, the former Chiefs' offensive coordinator, as their new head coach on Monday. Schwartz is a notable addition to offensive-minded Pederson's staff and one of the most important hires the first-time coach will make.
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October 12, 2012
A comment made by Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's Sports section. About his defensive line, Washburn said: "I'd be crushed. Hell, I'd quit if we're not a whole lot better. They need to fire [me] if we're not better. "  
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April 21, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
THE LAST TIME the Wide 9 was seen in these parts, it was helping grease the skids for Andy Reid's firing and being excoriated as a bad-awful defensive alignment that seemingly sacrificed everything else for the sake of sacks. The Wide 9, a deployment in which the defensive ends line up near the mezzanine-level concession stands so they can burn rubber around the offensive tackles and beat them to the quarterback, was brought to the Eagles in 2011 by Jim Washburn, who was hired as the team's defensive line coach shortly after Reid came up with the really, really dumb idea to make his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his new defensive coordinator.
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April 26, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles got their man. They got their fans', too. Trading up to the 12th spot, the Eagles drafted Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. To get Cox the Eagles dealt to the Seahawks Seattle a fourth round pick (114 overall) and a sixth round pick (172). The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Cox will join the Eagles' rotation of defensive tackles in the middle of Jim Washburn's line. He's a fierce pass rusher and could be the impact player coach Andy Reid is looking for on defense.
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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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April 3, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham did not confirm the widespread belief that he will play outside linebacker for the Eagles this season. But it sounds as if he's preparing for a switch from defensive end to a stand-up pass rusher. Speaking on the second day of the Eagles' offseason program, Graham said he did not know what position he will play. Asked if he's inquired, he said that the team just started the program Monday and that he would have a better idea as minicamp approaches. "There's been a lot of talk about a lot of things," Graham said Tuesday.
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December 16, 2012
Andy Reid said Friday it was "hindsight" to suggest he could have fixed his defense earlier, and maybe saved the Eagles' season, by firing defensive-line coach Jim Washburn and scuttling the wide-nine before he eventually did so, on Dec. 3. Reid didn't say it was "wrong. " He just said it was "hindsight. " Then Reid talked about how, with the defensive line in a normal formation, and the linemen not blindly making a beeline for the quarterback, life is much easier for the safeties and even the corners.
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May 30, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If the Eagles' defensive coaching staff were a rock band, Juan Castillo would be the front man who doesn't mind sharing the spotlight with his band mates. "He's got really pure motives. I've worked with guys that have wanted to get ahead and become head coaches, and they're all about them," Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn said. "I don't think he wants to put his mark on anything, and that's a good quality to have because a lot of guys are so, 'If I don't do it this way, and if I don't make a big-enough splash being this blitz guru, this guru, I'm never going to get my chance at a head job.' " Despite a first season for Castillo as defensive coordinator that was more Herman's Hermits than Rolling Stones, Eagles coach Andy Reid decided to bring him back with his band minus one piece.
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August 16, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
OVER THE last three seasons, the Eagles' defense was on the field for a total of 3,411 snaps. That's 71 snaps per game, which - surprise, surprise - was far and away the most in the NFL over that period. Connor Barwin was on the field for most of them. As an outside linebacker in Billy Davis' two-gap, 3-4 scheme, he played 3,189 of those 3,411 snaps, or 93.5 percent. And lived to tell about it. Not only lived to tell about it, but played pretty damn well. Had 21 1/2 sacks the last two years and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2014.
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August 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
C hris Wilson has scraped and primed the walls, but the new defensive line coach for the Eagles has just begun to paint. Wilson is teaching not only a new scheme, one that is the opposite of predecessor Jerry Azzinaro's 3-4 base front, he's changing the defensive line's mentality from reactive to aggressive. He's had to strip the players down and build them back up. And that takes time. That takes repetition. "When you're going to change mentality, you change foundations," Wilson said on Monday.
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August 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
VINNY CURRY still doesn't want to declare victory. "I'll let you know next week, after the first game," Curry said Thursday, when asked how it feels to finally have an established role, as he prepares for his fifth season as a defensive end with the Eagles, his first under the terms of the five-year, $47.25 million contract he signed early in the offseason. But it feels different, right? "Once we get that first preseason game under my belt, we can answer that question," Curry said.
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July 28, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Typically, when a sentence starts, "When I was playing high school football . . .," it draws a blank stare or an eye roll. When Jim Schwartz uttered the phrase on Tuesday, however, he wasn't about to recount the glory days of his youth. The Eagles defensive coordinator was anecdotally illustrating a point about his scheme. "When I was playing high school football, the coach would always say, 'Hey, everybody stay in your lane. Everybody stay in your lane,' " Schwartz said. "Nobody covers a kick that way in the NFL anymore or college football because [if]
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May 31, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Brandon Graham wonders sometimes how his first six seasons with the Eagles might have been different if not for the revolving door that welcomed and discarded defensive coordinators. "Especially that last year when coach [Andy] Reid was here," Graham said last week after a practice session at the NovaCare Complex. "It was my first time starting after my injury and I ended up getting 51/2 sacks and I really felt like I was headed in the right direction. And then, bam, here comes the 3-4. " Few members of the Eagles have fond memories of that 2012 season, which was Reid's last in Philadelphia.
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May 25, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
AMONG THE hard lessons taught during the Eagles' 4-12 season in 2012 was the revelation that playing safety behind a Wide 9 front was really tough, if not impossible. Safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen frequently bit on play action, sometimes because they were too easily confused, but other times because they were expected to handle gap responsibilities against the run, with Jim Washburn's defensive ends seemingly under orders to avoid contact with anyone who wasn't a quarterback.
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April 21, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
THE LAST TIME the Wide 9 was seen in these parts, it was helping grease the skids for Andy Reid's firing and being excoriated as a bad-awful defensive alignment that seemingly sacrificed everything else for the sake of sacks. The Wide 9, a deployment in which the defensive ends line up near the mezzanine-level concession stands so they can burn rubber around the offensive tackles and beat them to the quarterback, was brought to the Eagles in 2011 by Jim Washburn, who was hired as the team's defensive line coach shortly after Reid came up with the really, really dumb idea to make his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his new defensive coordinator.
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January 20, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
UPDATE: After being introduced Tuesday as the Eagles' new head coach, Doug Pederson said that Jim Schwartz would be the team's new defensive coordinator. Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and was to interview on Tuesday, an NFL source said. The Eagles officially announced Pederson, the former Chiefs' offensive coordinator, as their new head coach on Monday. Schwartz is a notable addition to offensive-minded Pederson's staff and one of the most important hires the first-time coach will make.
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January 19, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
If Doug Pederson learned anything from Andy Reid - and the Eagles had better hope it wasn't only time management - it should be how to select a defensive coordinator as a new head coach. Reid got it right with the Eagles and the Chiefs when he tabbed Jim Johnson and Bob Sutton, respectively, to run his defense. In both cases, he went with veteran coaches who had mild success as NFL coordinators but impressed Reid when his teams faced their defenses. Johnson and Sutton were also beyond the point of being considered future head coaches.
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January 13, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
IF YOUR frame of reference is 2015, then hiring Tom Coughlin to coach the Eagles must seem like a crazy idea. Coughlin, 69, gently led toward the New York Giants' door after a 6-10 season, presided over several late-game collapses. The Giants media and fan base spent much of the year talking about how their team was better than its record, which is pretty much always an indictment of coaching. But as the outpouring of affection for Coughlin when he stepped down showed, there was a lot more to the crusty coach than 2015.
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