Graham: Babin’s Release Took Toll On Washburn

After the Eagles released Jason Babin last week, Jim Washburn had a message for his defensive linemen.

Anything can happen, so play the final five games as hard as you can.

At the time, Washburn was unaware that he’d be gone before those final five games played out.

“After Babin left, he said that anything can happen, so let’s just play the hardest five weeks that we can,” said defensive end Brandon Graham Monday morning. “Whatever happens, happens. He said ‘I’m not going to stop being who I am. I’m not going to stop coaching as hard as I do. Whatever happens, happens.'”

Babin and Washburn were close from their Tennessee days. Graham made it sound like the defensive line coach was not consulted before his prize pupil was let go.

“I feel like that hurt him a little bit because from what I heard, he didn’t know that they were releasing him until he was actually gone,” Graham said. “I know that was one of his guys, and we all loved Babin while he was here. But I think it did get to him.”

Graham found out about Washburn’s firing Monday morning, but did not have a chance to talk to him yet. After a 1.5-sack performance Sunday night, he said he was just starting to thrive in Washburn’s system.

“Coach Wash, he was all about trying to help the team win,” Graham said. “He just always coached us so hard, and he cared about his group so hard that he always wanted us to do good and get sacks like we did our first year when he was here. Lead in sacks and win games, because he said if you sack the quarterback a lot, you’re going to win most of those games.”

Going forward, Graham will take his cues from new defensive line coach Tommy Brasher the final four games. He said he met Brasher Monday morning, and the Eagles won’t be using the wide-nine the rest of the way.

“They’re letting people go. It’s a tough season right now. They’re trying to get some W’s,” Graham said. “The people they got here ain’t getting the job done like they want to, so that’s the beast of the business.”

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  • bentheimmigrant

    Andy Reid now leads the team in sacks…

    • dislikedisqus

      He just sacked Vick. Foles to start last 4 games. Right move

      • bentheimmigrant

        No doubt it’s an upgrade. Foles, even with his rookie mistakes, at least shows the promise of being able to read a D.

        • Johngiam

          So many idiot fans already writ Foles off for a bum after last weeks game. Surprise surprise a young player who has been sitting since august is showing improvement now that he shamed off the rust and got better acclimated to the speed of the game. Who would have ever thought? Foles needs to betheguy for the rest of this season. And ALL of next season. Would be willing to bet that a solid Oline, thunder/lightening two headed monster at running back, and a strong defense, we can winsome ball games next year with Foles

          • Tim W

            And so many idiot fans jump on the Foles wagon too soon. You probably have Bobby Hoying and Ty Detmer Jerseys in your closet. If we had a commitment to the run Vick would be a better QB too. He’s not built to throw the ball 60 times a game. Your pumping up Foles by saying he needs things around him to win games. Good D, running game. So does every QB. Our future QB is not on this roster.

          • JohnGiam

            If you read any of my post, you would know that I don’t have an opinion on Foles..A logical human being understands that this is just not enough sample size to make any sort of real evaluation..I have no clue what Foles is, and anyone who claims to. W is a damn fool. I do know that Vick isn’t the answer, and I mow that there’re no franchise qb available next summer, and I know I don’t want to see a 5 year period of revolving door at QB…so all I’m dong is assessing his game ti game performance for good or bad, knowing that no Matter how bad it looks, or how great it looks, the truth will probably lie somewhere I between… I don’t think there is a better option then having Foles play out the season, and all of next season with. Much better surrounding cast, and aft next season when there will be some franchise qbs available, that’s when you evaluate Foles and back a judgment on whether he is our guy or not. Right now, he is just my guy by default lol

      • FMWarner

        Not the better QB, but definitely the right move.

    • *snacks