Jim Washburn has been fired. Spring chicken Tommy Brasher (72) will take his place. Maybe this move will spark the Super Bowl run.
Based on reports on Twitter from Tim McManus and Reuben Frank, Wash had become a cancer recently. Coaches can get away with being abrasive and tough when their unit is having success and/or the team is winning. When things fall apart, watch out. Apparently Wash took Jason Babin’s cut very hard. I’m sure that didn’t go over well with Andy.
A couple of other nuggets from McManus on Twitter:
* “Some teammates were annoyed by perception that Babin could do no wrong in Washburn’s eyes.”
* “Reported around time of Babin release that Trent Cole had walked out of d-line meeting. ”
* “Strange vibe coming out of locker room after game. Derek Landri seemed on edge, Trent Cole, others protectively hovering around him.”
Was Wash being too hard on his own guys? Was he not being hard enough? It definitely sounds like he was playing favorites. All coaches do that to an extent, but seems to have become an issue with him.
Wash did a great job in 2011, as the DL racked up 46 sacks and a good amount of TFLs. They lived up to the hype. This summer the DL looked dominant. Opposing teams in the preseason really struggled. Expectations for the DL were great this year. That made it all the more painful that this bunch played so ordinary. They weren’t awful. The sack production was bad, but as we’ve discussed, a lot goes into that. The DL was disappointing and there is no disputing that. Last night they were good in the 1st half, but seemed to disappear in the 2nd half. Romo only threw 10 passes so it wasn’t like they had a ton of chances, but the pressure still wasn’t there.
2012 is quickly becoming the strangest Eagles season since 2005 and maybe of the entire Reid era.
I’ll have more on the loss later.