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Fired Washburn had become a 'cancer' in Philly

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08:41 AM ET 12.03 | Philadelphia moved quickly coming out of the weekend on another personnel change. The Eagles announced that they fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn and replaced him with former assistant Tommy Brasher. Washburn had become a "cancer" around the team, according to one Eagles source, the situation becoming worse when defensive end Jason Babin was released last week. The hiring of Washburn in Jan. 2011 was a controversial move for coach Andy Reid. Wanting to improve his pass rush, the Eagles coach brought Washburn and his wide nine scheme to Philadelphia. Reid then promoted Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator and kept the scheme. It did not work even though the line did generate 46 sacks in 2012.

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December 3, 2012  08:47 AM ET

This year, Santa is going to sit in the stands and throw batteries at the team with the fans.

December 3, 2012  08:57 AM ET

I think the problem in Philly is just a wee bit deeper than the DL Coach....just a thought

December 3, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Could have been a good move. Last night's game showed the Eagles can score but they can't stop anyone. Why teams draft running backs in the first round when there are players like Bryce Brown out there just waiting to be discovered is still beyond me.

December 3, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This year, Santa is going to sit in the stands and throw batteries at the team with the fans.

Santa is a smart old dude

December 3, 2012  09:46 AM ET

All according to Big Red's master plan... Start firing his staff in Philly before he gets the axe himself... This way he'll be able to put the band back together in Cleveland...

December 3, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Andy is starting to sound like obama--- blame everyone but yourself....

December 3, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Could have been a good move. Last night's game showed the Eagles can score but they can't stop anyone. Why teams draft running backs in the first round when there are players like Bryce Brown out there just waiting to be discovered is still beyond me.

The biggest positive takeaway, in my opinion: Maybe they have some potential at QB. The kid didn't play badly at all.

December 3, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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The biggest positive takeaway, in my opinion: Maybe they have some potential at QB. The kid didn't play badly at all.

Agreed. Looks like Foles has gotten over his rookie jitters and is playing relaxed and with confidence. That should mean adios to Vick. But it probably also means a tougher game at the end of the season for my Giants.

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December 3, 2012  11:05 AM ET
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Could have been a good move. Last night's game showed the Eagles can score but they can't stop anyone. Why teams draft running backs in the first round when there are players like Bryce Brown out there just waiting to be discovered is still beyond me.

Put Jackson and McCoy back in the mix along with a healthy o-line and the Eagles offense is pretty solid. Their o-line was pretty good last season when they were all healthy. This job should be enticing for any upper tier coaching candidate. There's a ton of talent in Philly, the biggest challenge is to get them all back on the same page. Right now, I'm not even sure they are reading the same book.

Castillo is gone, Washburn is gone, Mudd is retiring, Big Red is at the buffet having his last meal, April is a goner as is Bowles, Morninweg and most of the rest of the coaching staff. The biggest mistake the Eagles made last year was not hiring Steve Spagnolo as DC when he was available.

December 3, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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Andy is starting to sound like obama--- blame everyone but yourself....

Andy has been and is taking the blame. The order to fire Washburn came from up above. Maybe you should listen to Reid's press conferences instead of posting random nonsense.

December 3, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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Reid bringing his felon addict son to NFL camp was his worst move ever, Andy should have been fired this past training camp after the heroin overdose and death of his son in the NFL camp's dorm room.

In your rush to judge, did you ever think perhaps he brought his son there to try to keep an eye on him ?

December 3, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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In your rush to judge, did you ever think perhaps he brought his son there to try to keep an eye on him ?

What do you expect from someone who claims to be from "Ghettomania, DC"??? I just hope for the sake of mikeMack that he never has to bury his child then return to his high pressure job under a microscope...

December 3, 2012  11:48 AM ET

Is anybody else getting tired of Andy Reid's act? This nasty arrogant guy keeps firing other people in a pitiful attempt at saving his job. Rumor has it that he may be headed to Dallas, which would be another in the long line of stupid moves by Jerry Jones if it happens.

December 3, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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They're coming for you Andy. You are the ultimate firing, coming at years end, if they can even wait that long.

Firing Big Red before season's end is pointless. And I really can't see Jeff Lurie dumping Reid before the end of the year. It's unlikely that Reid's successor is on the current staff and with all that he's been through this year, firing him before the end of the season serves no purpose.

Reid is gone at the end of the season and he knows it. I can see Lurie allowing Reid to resign rather than fire him. It would be a forced resignation if it were to happen that way, but a resignation none the less. If Reid refuses to resign, then Lurie will fire him. Either way, there will be a new Head Coach in Philly for 2013.

December 3, 2012  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Is anybody else getting tired of Andy Reid's act? This nasty arrogant guy keeps firing other people in a pitiful attempt at saving his job. Rumor has it that he may be headed to Dallas, which would be another in the long line of stupid moves by Jerry Jones if it happens.

Well, if you root for the Eagles and Reid is a terrible coach, then Reid going to the Cowboys should be a good thing, shouldn't it?? Just askin'.

December 3, 2012  12:04 PM ET

Reid is running out of scapegoats

December 3, 2012  12:59 PM ET
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They're coming for you Andy. You are the ultimate firing, coming at years end, if they can even wait that long.

They will wait he has earned that, its just a shame they have been so bad. Also if he goes now its Marty Morningway and he sticks too.

 
December 3, 2012  01:02 PM ET
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Put Jackson and McCoy back in the mix along with a healthy o-line and the Eagles offense is pretty solid. Their o-line was pretty good last season when they were all healthy. This job should be enticing for any upper tier coaching candidate. There's a ton of talent in Philly, the biggest challenge is to get them all back on the same page. Right now, I'm not even sure they are reading the same book.Castillo is gone, Washburn is gone, Mudd is retiring, Big Red is at the buffet having his last meal, April is a goner as is Bowles, Morninweg and most of the rest of the coaching staff. The biggest mistake the Eagles made last year was not hiring Steve Spagnolo as DC when he was available.

Spags wouldn't come here because of the stupid wide 9 defense thats why Catsillo got the job. I mean hell Dick Jaron who has done a good job in Houston (I believe) was here he didn't want the job and why you ask? The Wide 9!

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