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Why Babin to Eagles? Try the DL coach

Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:31 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:39 am
The Washburn Effect is already making a difference in Philadelphia.

Don't tell me the addition of defensive line coach Jim Washburn won't have an impact on the Eagles because it already has. The club on Thursday added defensive end and pass-rushing specialist Jason Babin a year after he left the club.

And the reason he's back? Look no farther than Jim Washburn.

Oh, yeah, and money. But Washburn had to play a part in Babin's return to the Eagles. He was his coach in Tennessee last season when Babin produced career numbers, with a team-high 12.5 sacks -- which, it should be noted, were more than any of the Eagles' pass rushers.

What makes this move intriguing is Babin's age. He's 31, and the Eagles almost never commit long-term deals to guys over 30. They made an exception here, and I'd suggest that urgency played a role in it. They saw a player who could help them immediately in an area of need, have a coach under whose direction he flourished and took the plunge.

Aside from the age, Babin is a perfect addition for the Eagles, who watched their pass rush wind down in 2010 as the season went on. In fact, the team's leading pass rusher, Trent Cole, had one sack in his last five starts (including the playoffs) and three in his last eight. If you're going to catch Green Bay, you better be able to pressure quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Eagles just improved their chances in that department.

But this is the first in what should be a two-pronged attack to shore up a pass defense that failed the club in 2010. The Eagles still are expected to find a right cornerback to replace Ellis Hobbs and Dimitri Patterson, with the Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the likely choice. He is part of a proposed deal that would send him and a second-rounder to Philadelphia for backup quarterback Kevin Kolb, a trade that still is in the works.

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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:02 pm

Why Babin to Eagles? Try the DL coach

A move at safety is unlikely. With Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Marlin Jackson, and Jaiquawn Jarrt already under contract, I doubt they bring in anything other than a special teamer. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:45 pm

Why Babin to Eagles? Try the DL coach

I agree Vince Young will be here, and I never thought about McGahee but he would be a good fit too. He can pick up some tough yardage but still has the ability to break the big runs. Now that DRC is coming over from Arizona, I think they should sign a safety to help prevent the deep ball. Huff from Oakland maybe?

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:08 am

Why Babin to Eagles? Try the DL coach

That is a quality move for a run at the Superbowl. But if they don't get a cornerback it will be all for not. The Eagles suffered greatly last season against the deep ball. If they really want to make a run this season a starting corner is a must. The lockout may just help teams like the Eagles fill the gaps that may not have been because of this quick signing time frame. I believe you will see the Eagles also pick up Vince Young and a bulk back maybe Willis Mcgahee.

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