Titans defensive line coach might be moving to another team

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 11:56pm
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No one ever has to look to find Jim Washburn on a practice field. He’s most often heard.

It’s possible that the vocal, emotional and highly successful Tennessee Titans defensive line coach might be heard at a different locale this fall.

According to multiple reports, Washburn is talking to the Philadelphia Eagles about their opening for a defensive line coach. The Eagles also are in the process of hiring a defensive coordinator.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a deal between the Eagles and Washburn “appears imminent.”

Washburn has been on Jeff Fisher’s staff since 1999. In his first year, he helped Jevon Kearse set the NFL record for sacks by a rookie, earn Defensive Rookie of the Year and the first of multiple Pro Bowl invitations.

The Titans set a franchise record for sacks that season with 54. The record lasted only until the Titans recorded 55 (still the record) the following season.

In addition to Kearse, Kevin Carter, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Albert Haynesworth and Jason Babin all had Pro Bowl seasons playing under Washburn. Only Carter had been to a Pro Bowl for another team before he made it with the Titans.

5 Comments on this post:

By: PKVol on 1/19/11 at 9:54

If we lose Wash to the Eagles, the result will be a whole new coaching staff after the next season that is played. He is the rock of the defensive coaching staff and without him, the whole defense will suffer.

He has taken mediocre players and made them pro-bowlers and players he's coached who have left have never been as good after they were gone.

By: TITAN1 on 1/19/11 at 1:41

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#Titans DE Jason Babin on Washburn's departure: “It stinks that he’s leaving. He’s the greatest position coach I’ve ever had.

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The Eagles have named Jim Washburn, formerly of the Titans, as the new defensive line coach.

I don't think he is any better than other team's Dline coaches. He has had some great players.

By: TITAN1 on 1/19/11 at 1:46

Considering how long he has been here it does look like coach Fisher has told him that next year will be his last. So he probably knows the new coach will hire his own staff and not retain any of the present. He is looking at job security since it is a lateral move. JMO.

By: wayneCaluger on 1/19/11 at 3:15

My gut feeling it's more about Chuck Ceil staying rather than this will be Jeff Fishers last season. Washburn could get another DL coaching job anytime he wants one and for more money. Pretty much why Bulluck left, he didn't want to come back. It was clear as a bell to me from his statement last year to a reporter when he responded to his question about why the defense was not doing well. Keith responded, "we are doing exactly what they (Ceil) are asking us to do". KB had been the on field general sitting up the defensive alignment called in and it appears he and Chucky were not seeing eye-to-eye on what alignments he was calling.

Ceil biggest attribute is he is not a threat to Fisher and as the Peter Principle goes get rid of those under you who might be a threat or make you look bad. As time goes on the outlook for the Titans grows darker by the day. Jeff is going down with the ship, but so is the team and franchise. It will takes years to right the ship above water.

I don't see Jim Washburn as a rat deserting a sinking ship, rather I see him like Bulluck, enough trying to deal with an idiot boss like DC Chuck Ceil whose IQ was correctly stated with his index finger salute to the ref's for a 15 yard penalty. That's class and helped the team towards setting a record for penalties.

Washburn has nothing to prove, his record and respect throughout the NFL speaks for itself. I think no one beating the door down to hire Ceil away or any acknowledgement by sports casters of his abilities as a DC speaks highly. Perhaps the fact Washburn got more air time by sports casters pissed Ceil off?

It's a long, long road ahead and this year record is most likely the best we will see for years to come.

By: Just Sayin on 1/20/11 at 3:18

Just Sayin, Jim Washburn is a top shelf coach, proven by his quick exit from Titans, to him the best of luck. To the Titan fans that think next year will be better,good luck also !!!