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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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August 21, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A FEW YEARS AGO, the Eagles employed a defensive-line coach who was concerned with sacking the opposing quarterback, and not much else. Jerry Azzinaro would be the polar opposite of that. It's very unlikely that the Birds' current d-line coach and Jim Washburn ever have a drink together when NFL folk gather, at the Scouting Combine or the Senior Bowl. "I expect to win the Super Bowl," Azzinaro, who also carries the title of assistant head coach, said yesterday, when asked if he expects certain sack numbers from Fletcher Cox, now that the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft is a two-gapping 3-4 end. "I think if the correlation of sack numbers equaled Super Bowl, I think everyone would take their guys and put 'em in the widest . " Actually, coach, we tried that here . . . "I have no comment on that," Azzinaro said, shaking his head.
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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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October 18, 2011
How much of a difference does three feet make? In the case of the Eagles' run defense, three feet turned into a 98-yard improvement. After being gashed by what linebacker Brian Rolle described as a series of "butt-kickings" on the ground, the Eagles adjusted their approach to their defensive front Sunday. The result was their best performance against the run all season and - not coincidentally - their best overall showing on 'D.' The Eagles at times moved their defensive ends closer to the middle of the line of scrimmage and in doing so limited Washington to just 42 rushing yards.
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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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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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November 30, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
ANDY REID said yesterday he has spoken with defensive-line coach Jim Washburn and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg about their sideline spat Sunday, and Reid is satisfied that the matter is resolved. "Things happen. It's an emotional game. It doesn't matter if you're coaches or players, things happen, so you take care of business like grown men. They've talked, I've talked, they've worked it out and we're fine here," Reid said in the head coach's first session with reporters since news of the dustup surfaced Sunday evening.
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August 21, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A FEW YEARS AGO, the Eagles employed a defensive-line coach who was concerned with sacking the opposing quarterback, and not much else. Jerry Azzinaro would be the polar opposite of that. It's very unlikely that the Birds' current d-line coach and Jim Washburn ever have a drink together when NFL folk gather, at the Scouting Combine or the Senior Bowl. "I expect to win the Super Bowl," Azzinaro, who also carries the title of assistant head coach, said yesterday, when asked if he expects certain sack numbers from Fletcher Cox, now that the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft is a two-gapping 3-4 end. "I think if the correlation of sack numbers equaled Super Bowl, I think everyone would take their guys and put 'em in the widest . " Actually, coach, we tried that here . . . "I have no comment on that," Azzinaro said, shaking his head.
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September 11, 2013 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Here are some observations and ruminations about Monday night's Eagles-Redskins game: LANDOVER, Md. - Robert Griffin III was obviously rusty in his first game since injuring his knee in January. The Redskins star quarterback never got into a rhythm early Monday night against the Eagles but seemed to find his game in the late going. Griffin was also not much of a threat to run and entered halftime with just two carries for 2 yards. Credit goes to the Eagles defense, which presented Griffin with different looks and put pressure on the quarterback.
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August 12, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
SO, YOU THOUGHT the Eagles' defense had no place to go but up this year, huh? You thought they hit rock bottom during the 2012 Juan Castillo/Todd Bowles debacle when they finished tied for 29th in the league in points allowed, 23rd against the run, 32nd in takeaways, 26th in third-down efficiency and 32nd in opponent passer rating. Think again. After spending the previous 2 days getting worked over by Tom Brady and the Patriots offense over at the NovaCare Complex, Bill Davis' new-and-not-so-improved defense moved over to Lincoln Financial Field last night, hoping a change of scenery might help them.
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July 26, 2013 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Eagles made the first of what will likely be a number of training camp roster moves on Wednesday by claiming running back William Powell off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals. The team released wide receiver Nick Miller to make room.  "Preseason last year, we saw him, he was quick, tough, had good hands, got a lot of work," general manager Howie Roseman said. "This was a guy we thought could bring competition. " Powell, 25, is 5-foot-9 and 207 pounds. In 13 games for the Cardinals last season, including one start, he totaled 217 yards on 60 carries.
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May 29, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even above the din of a throbbing bass line, Jerry Azzinaro's Brooklyn bark carries its way across the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex. The yells aren't as unrelenting as Jim Washburn's profanity-laced tirades, but the new Eagles defensive line coach is the only one of Chip Kelly's assistants who brings an old-school punch to Eagles practices. However, Azzinaro, the lone assistant Kelly brought with him from Oregon, is not a relic. His voice extends beyond his group of defensive linemen.
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May 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part Six of an online-only series. Here is a look at the defensive linemen on the Eagles roster: Projected starters DE: Fletcher Cox (6-4, 300), 22, 2nd season; Cedric Thornton (6-4, 309), 24, 2nd season The Eagles are counting on Cox, the 2012 first-round pick, to become a blue-chip player in the Eagles new defense. He showed flashes of stardom last year, including 4 1/2 of his 5 1/2 sacks after joining the starting lineup seven games into the season.
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May 22, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
After closing time at Club Chipper, the hot new dance spot in South Philadelphia, the patrons clear out pretty fast. They have to exit via a hallway lined with blowups of newspaper pages celebrating great moments in Eagles history - if you define Eagles history as things that happened since the NovaCare Complex opened in 2001. What is striking is how ancient that history is beginning to feel. To many of the players leaving Chip Kelly's aerobics/football class Monday, the names and faces on the walls are those of strangers.
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April 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
WHICH VERSION of Madonna is best, the Material Girl or the Kabbalah Mama? How about Cher: Sonny Bono's half-breed gypsy on horseback or Richie Sambora's scantily clad siren on the warship? Changing times and eroding taste long have forced talents from Jewel to Janet Jackson to recreate themselves. In less than a decade, the fickle fates of football have forced Brandon Graham to remake himself as often as any '80s pop diva. Those relaunches don't always work. Graham's career might not survive this overhaul.
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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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January 30, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - Juan Castillo must have said the words hard work a thousand times during his tenure of less than two seasons as the Eagles defensive coordinator. So when he was fired and unemployed for almost three months, the coach who would often spend 20 hours a day at the NovaCare Complex found it especially hard. "I don't know that I've been through anything so hard in my life," Castillo said Tuesday. "And I think part of that is you keep going back and forth, 'What could I have done better?
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