Cullen Jenkins Not Going Along With Washburn Narrative

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.Cullen Jenkins painted a different picture of Jim Washburn than the one that has been circulating this week. Rather than an out-of-control, divisive figure, Jenkins sees his former defensive line coach as a  misunderstood motivator with the best of intentions.

“Wash was a good coach. He just wanted the best for us,” said Jenkins. “People may not agree with his ways or saw what his goals were for us — I’m talking about people from the outside looking in — but Wash was a good coach. He had us motivated and playing hard.”

Washburn was fired following the loss to Dallas Sunday. His replacement, Tommy Brasher, got to work with the team for the first time on Wednesday. It is a tough situation for both Brasher and the players, who have seen more than their share of changes in recent weeks.

“I’m not sure what went on upstairs or what the communication between the different coaches was. You know, that stuff happens,” said Jenkins. “It happened with Juan [Castillo] earlier this year, [Jason] Babin and then Washburn. Whatever the reasons are it’s just something that happens, especially when you’re not winning things like this happen a lot.”

Stories began to surface upon his termination that Washburn was disrespectful to Castillo and was not working in sync with the rest of the coaching staff. Jenkins said he didn’t really see that.

“Wash with his personality, he’s just a fiery person. If you really know him you know he’s a good-hearted person, he speaks highly of all the coaches when he talked to us, so we never sensed anything like there was anything personal or anything like that,” he said.

But clearly something prompted Andy Reid to make a move with just four games remaining.

A couple of the defensive linemen Wednesday talked about the difficulty of switching up styles and scheme this late into the year. It is just the latest curveball in a season full of them.

“Tommy had an opportunity to meet with all of them, sit down and talk with them over the last couple days,” said Reid. “It’s a good group, and so they are on board and they are going to work hard; that’s their nature. I’m not worried about that.”

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  • 1972

    He had u motivated and playing hard to the tune of one of the lowest sack totals in the nfl.. this guy loves to talk to the media. he never makes any plays though. oh except the sacl in atlanta that didnt mean anything cause we were down 21.. good bye cullen i hardley knew ya

  • http://twitter.com/Average__Joseph JustAnAverageJoseph

    From his quotes, Cullen would be my next choice out the door. Remember, he was the one that had the sideline blowup with Reid in the preseason.

    • http://twitter.com/Randyljobst Randy Jobst

      Called Brasher “Frazier” a couple times. Great start Colon.

  • Bob A

    When a guy knows full well that he and all of his assistants are going to be fired in 27 days and chooses to fire a guy on his staff , he’s doing it to make a point. NFL Head coaches would rather have a guy that isn’t very good at his job ( Rory Seagrest, Bill Shuey, Johnny Lynn,were all fired by Reid but not while the season was in progress.) than a guy who is disloyal. Reid fired him on Dec 2 to make that point to him and any head coach who may be dumb enough to consider hiring him or his flawed scheme. Jenkins is feeling free to defend the guy because he knows that his time with the team will end at the Meadowlands in a few weeks.

  • Absecon

    Wow, time for this malcontent to go next…apparently all of the cancer has not been surgically removed.

  • bdt627

    Anybody know the the cost of releasing Jenkins this offseason?

    • fran35

      I think-not sure-he had a front loaded deal. Either way, he is a goner. I think the only guy remaining is Trent Cole. He wasn’t a true Washburn guy anyway, he came up through our system. All of these mercenaries-Jenkins, Landry, Tapp-are divisive and overrated. All of them will be gone. I really hope we keep Patterson although I think he is owed alot next year. I like the dude and he came up as an Eagle.

      • Johngiam

        I may consider keeping landri and Thornton, maybe….tapp, gotta go…. Then again, for all we know we may switch to a 3-4, and then most of these dudes gotta go

  • Wilbert M.

    I don’t see where Jenkins said anything out of line or sounding like a malcontent. It just sounds like he liked Washburn and defended him a little bit. No big deal.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    This is about Reid trying to fix a mistake he made when he brought in Washburn. It was idiotic when he thought the defense could be run through the d-line and the rest of the D would follow along. It was another stupid move by Reid that blew up in his face. Babin stunk this year, was overpaid, and deserved to be cut.