Jim Washburn

Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn watches warm ups before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Michael Perez

Say goodbye to the Eagles' wide-nine defensive scheme.

Defensive line coach Jim Wasburn, the guy responsible for bringing the system to the Eagles last season, was fired Monday morning in the wake of the Eagles' 38-33 loss at Dallas Sunday night.

The team rehired Tommy Brasher, who coached the front four under the late Jim Johnson.

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"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. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line."


Washburn, 62, had reportedly been extremely upset after the Eagles cut defensive end Jason Babin last week. Babin had often credited Washburn for saving his career while the two were in Tennessee and had signed with the Eagles before last season after Washburn was hired to install the "wide-9" defensive scheme he had used with the Titans.

The system worked great last season when the Eagles tied for the NFL lead with 50 sacks, including 18 by Babin. But the pass rush has struggled this season. The Eagles had two sacks against the Cowboys to increase their season total to 20 in 12 games. Babin had five and a half before getting released and joining Jacksonville.

Don't be surprised if OL coach Howard Mudd leaves before the end of the season. Washburn and Mudd are very good friends.

Of course, the entire coaching staff could be gone after the season, assuming Reid is fired.

The Eagles' eight straight losses are the most since they dropped their first 11 games to open the 1968 season. At 3-9, they are also assured of their first losing record since 2005.


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