Last night I complained a few times about Jason Babin losing contain. He recklessly took inside angles and let Cam Newton get wide. He did this on the final 3rd down play when Cam Newton rolled right and had time to get a pass off to his RB. Babin jumped offside late in the game, which helped on a TD drive. Babin had a penalty last week for hands to the face. He had a bad penalty in the Atlanta game. He’s had more than a few offsides penalties in 2 years.
I’m also told that Babin could be a bit of a jerk. If you follow the beat writers on Twitter, they seem to agree and are happy to see him go. Apparently he was very defensive this year when asked about why the team wasn’t getting sacks.
I like the move. Babin thrived in the Wide-9 in 2010 and 2011. He’s been very up and down in the rest of his career (mostly down). There is very little chance the Eagles run the Wide-9 next year so he was far from a lock to stick around. Now we can give his reps to Vinny Curry or Phillip Hunt or a new guy. Brandon Graham is already playing more and more.
This isn’t likely to start a purge or be the first of many cuts. Babin’s personality, production, and penalties are what got him cut. Trent Cole is having a down year, but he’s still a high character guy and isn’t getting flagged left and right. You need to be careful not to just go around getting rid of guys having off years. Some of them could be key figures in the future. Babin wasn’t going to be that guy so there was little reason to keep him.
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DeSean Jackson has some broken ribs and is headed to IR. I’m sure the Eagles will add a WR from the P-squad. Reuben Frank says he heard Marvin McNutt is ahead of BJ Cunningham. McNutt has been here longer and does make sense.
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No word who will take Babin’s spot. Will be interesting to see if they go raid another team’s practice squad.