VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Eagles fire D-Line coach Jim Washburn

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The foundering Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn Monday, as they try to fix a broken pass defense amid an eight-game losing streak.

Advertisement
Eagles coach Andy Reid on Monday announced former defensive line coach Tommy Brasher will replace Washburn, as the team begins preparations for Sunday's date vs. Tampa Bay (6-6).

The Eagles (3-9) hired Washburn before last season, expecting his wide-nine defensive line alignment to produce plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The scheme helped the Eagles tie for the league lead with 50 sacks last season but has resulted in only 20 so far this year.

``Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,'' Reid said. ``However, I determined that it was in the team's best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line.''

Washburn's firing comes a day after the Eagles lost 38-33 to Dallas. In the win, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo finished 22 for 27 for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

Last week, the Eagles released defensive end Jason Babin, who excelled in Washburn's scheme while in Tennessee. Babin is a two-time Pro Bowl player, who had just 5.5 sacks for the Eagles this season after recording 18 last year. He signed a five-year, $28 million deal last summer after going to his first Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.

Reid said the Eagles cut Babin to give more playing time to younger players. Babin was claimed off waivers by Jacksonville last Wednesday.

This is not the first coaching move made on the defensive side of the ball as the Eagles endure the worst stretch of Reid's career. Philadelphia also fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. That move was made on Oct. 16, and Todd Bowles replaced him. The announcement was made two days after the Eagles lost to Detroit, 26-23, at home, and two games into what is now the eight-game skid.

``You always think you have the right players here as well as the coaches,'' Bowles said last week. ``We just have to do a better job and we haven't been.''

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
BetOnline.ag: NFL Draft - Best Bets
BetOnline.ag: Where will Dez land?
Marshall: NFL Mock Draft - Part II
Marshall: NFL Mock Draft - Part I
Kaepernick honored by Amnesty Int'l
LB Foster's alleged victim may not testify
Gronkowski honing dirt-bike skills
Texans negotiating deal with LB Clowney
QB Rodgers is minority owner of Bucks
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2017 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 2145
Gary Bart + 1530
Paul Bovi + 1386
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Zack Cimini 62 %
Pat Hawkins 59 %
KellyInVegas 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 1557
Scott Rickenbach + 1469
Paul Bovi + 987
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 668
Stephen Nover + 563
Vince Akins + 532
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 531
Jimmy Boyd + 420
Dave Cokin + 400
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership