The sudden release of Eagles defensive end Jason Babin made us wonder there was more to the story.
With Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reporting on Wednesday that defensive line coach Jim Washburn wasn’t happy with the decision and that Washburn believes Babin is coach Andy Reid’s latest scapegoat, the situation got a little more intriguing.
In the end, the truth is a little more boring.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Babin was cut in order to save cap space and cash ($1.69 million on both counts) down the stretch. The goal also was to give the team’s younger players a closer look, which means that the Eagles have essentially folded the tents on 2012.
And while coach Andy Reid may have preferred going with the best players possible, Reid now has an excuse for an ongoing collapse that could make it harder for, say, Chargers owner Dean Spanos to sell Reid to a fickle fan base in San Diego.
With the Eagles now officially treating the rest of the regular season as an extended 2013 preseason, winning in 2012 is no longer everything or the only thing or, really, anything.