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Jim Washburn: Fire me if Eagles’ defensive line isn’t better

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The latest confident proclamation out of Philadelphia comes from Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who’s so confident his group will improve that he’s willing to stake his job on it.

Washburn said that last year, the lockout affected the defense a great deal in the early portion of the season, and that by late in the year they began to show that they’re among the best units in the league. This year, he sees a full offseason giving the Eagles’ defensive line a chance to be great.

“We have real good talent,” Washburn said, via PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “We started figuring it out at the end and it ought to be a whole lot better. I’d be crushed, hell I’d quit if we’re not a whole lot better. They need to fire my ass if we’re not better. We should be a lot better.”

Washburn said the difference between the players’ understanding of the defense this year and their understanding of the defense at this time last year is night and day.

“No excuses, but they didn’t know my name when we met up here last year,” Washburn said. “Golly, I look at the first couple games, all the plays that we screwed up last year on the run, especially the run. Golly, I looked at Atlanta and St. Louis and it’s painful to watch our technique . . . No excuse, it’s just life. The other teams were in the same situation. . . . We ought to be so much better. There’s no way – we’ve got to be a lot better.”

And if they’re not a lot better in 2012, Washburn is the first to say he doesn’t deserve to be their coach in 2013.

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19 Responses to “Jim Washburn: Fire me if Eagles’ defensive line isn’t better”
  1. kchi55 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    Easy for him to say after they drafted Fletcher Cox…

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 24, 2012 3:59 PM

    In retrospect, Jim wishes he had just asked them to fire him, and not “fire his ass”. The sting of the flammable material they used to coat it was bad enough…..

  3. connorchew says: Jul 24, 2012 4:02 PM

    i believe they will improve with the addition of fletcher cox and curry. more talent to rotate in and keep cole and babin fresh. plus, with the addition of ryans and kendricks it will make a lot of the problems the eagles had as well.

  4. rugbyisbetter says: Jul 24, 2012 4:05 PM

    As an eagle fan, I just really wish the Eagles stayed out of the headlines. All of these finite statements do not mean anything, and worse yet, the media who keeps silly monikers running like ‘ The Dream Team’ or ‘The Dynasty’ doesn’t help either.

    But I guess if you say it, you own it, and you cant fault the media for playing something you said when you know you had a microphone in your face.

    Here’s this as an idea. Quit talking about ‘On paper’ and just deliver. No talk, just deliver. Don’t waste a time out on the third play of the game, Don’t single cover Larry Fitzgerald, don’t spike the ball before the end zone, don’t give the ball to the RB to just ‘throw’ crazily in the backfield, dont do a book tour the week before training camp, don’t pull the fire alarm at a hotel early in the morning… you get my drift

    Just deliver.

  5. lionsfan415 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:07 PM

    Jim Washburn is the only guy on the Eagles I respect

  6. calmdownsir says: Jul 24, 2012 4:09 PM

    Don’t say anything confident, someone might make fun of you if you fail! Give me a break.

  7. jamarcuslives says: Jul 24, 2012 4:12 PM

    Philly D: Soley responsible for the team missing the playoffs last year.

  8. jrcoop says: Jul 24, 2012 4:16 PM

    Golly Mr. Washburn, that’s swell.

  9. ire2661 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    I hope Andy says something like that!

  10. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 24, 2012 4:26 PM

    With Washburns track record, I’m firing the defensive lineman first.

  11. bobbyhoying says: Jul 24, 2012 4:59 PM

    Washburn speaks to the media as Buddy Ryan spoke to them. Some of the sissy reporters may find his blunt approach unnerving. His players evidently play harder for him than some other coaches.

  12. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Jul 24, 2012 5:25 PM

    Might want to keep that resume handy

  13. duncanthecat says: Jul 24, 2012 5:40 PM

    Most of the Eagles Coaching Staff are under this same predicament if they know it or not.

  14. damon089 says: Jul 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    Well since we had the number 8 ranked D, they could be better

  15. irishfury says: Jul 24, 2012 6:41 PM

    I like it. Its more of an old school way of thinking but its a powerful comment. Its only made less powerful by the fact that coaches are fired at a whim now a days but it is still a great message to his guys and im all in support of his comments. Hope he doesnt get the boot.

  16. eaglestateofmind415 says: Jul 24, 2012 6:48 PM

    Potential first ever starting 4 on the defensive line to make the pro bowl. JUST SAYING..

    BABIN-JENKINS-COX-COLE = SAY WHAT!!

  17. boobiemiles021 says: Jul 24, 2012 7:28 PM

    yea they should fire you washburn if they are not better isnt that your job?

  18. janvanflac says: Jul 24, 2012 8:26 PM

    Their DL is going to be beastly this year. The last guy to make the team at both DE and DT would start for most teams.

  19. mustbechris says: Dec 3, 2012 1:22 PM

    That worked, Wash.

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