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Eagles Fire Defensive Line Coach Washburn After Latest Loss

December 03, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles' Defensive Line Coach Jim Washburn

Philadelphia Eagles' defensive line coach Jim Washburn. Photographer: George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn today after dropping their eighth straight game, 38-33 to the Dallas Cowboys.

Washburn, who led the team’s defensive line the last two seasons, will be replaced by Tommy Brasher, the team said on its website. Brasher held the same position in 1985 and 1999-2005.

“Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “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.”

The Eagles (3-9) have 20 sacks this season, tied for 27th out of 32 National Football League franchises. Their 50 sacks last season tied for the league lead.

Defensive end Jason Babin, with 18 sacks in 2012, had 5 1/2 this season when was released Nov. 28. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired on Oct. 16 and replaced by Todd Bowles. The team hasn’t won since Sept. 30.

Reid said at his news conference today that Nick Foles would remain the starting quarterback for the rest of the season, even if Michael Vick is cleared to return from a concussion suffered on Nov. 11. The coach said he made the decision based on the team’s record and Vick’s health.

Foles was 22 of 34 for 251 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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