Bowles: Washburn Was Never a Problem For Me

Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Jim WashburnAmid reports that Jim Washburn had become a disruptive, divisive presence on the Eagles’ coaching staff, Todd Bowles said today he never had an issue with the defensive line coach.

“Me and Wash had a good relationship,” Bowles said. “Wash is a good man, and he’s a good coach. He was never a problem for me.”

Did Bowles have any input into Andy Reid’s decision to let Washburn go?

“No, I found out when everybody else found out,” he said. “I didn’t have any input.”

Bowles also refuted the idea that Washburn’s dismissal now gives him full authority over the defense, saying he’s had that authority since he was named defensive coordinator.

Even though the move came with just four games left, Bowles said he’s not surprised by anything in the league anymore.

“You take a coaching job in this league, you learn not to get surprised by anything,” Bowles said. “But things happen during the course of the year. Players get hurt, coaches get let go, that’s called body blows that you have to take and just move forward.

“Everybody’s responsible, the way we’ve been playing. Wash wasn’t let go, made out to be a scapegoat or anything like that, but moving forward, we’re all responsible to do our jobs as coaches and players.”

As for the players, Eagles defensive linemen continue to stick up for Washburn. We’ve previously heard from Brandon Graham and Cullen Jenkins. And today, Fletcher Cox, who has had an outstanding rookie season under Washburn, praised his old defensive line coach.

“I was a little surprised when I heard it happened,” Cox said. “And I got a little sad or whatever, but I also realize that this is a business and you see players in and out. Same thing for coaches. Coach Wash, he was a great coach. Everything he knew, he laid out on the table for us. He lost his job, and Coach Reid brought somebody new in. We’ve just got to learn what Coach Tommy [Brasher] likes to do.

Cox didn’t get a chance to see Washburn before he was dismissed, but has gotten in touch with him since.

“I texted him, sent him a message, let him know that I’ll stay in touch with him,” Cox said. “No matter what happened, I’ll stay in touch with him.”

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  • Paradox_What?

    This entire drama is getting old real fast. None of the reports match up to each other. If Bowles, the new DB coach at the start of the year, and subsequent DC, did not have any issues with Washburn, I find it quite out of character that Washburn would have issues with the previous DC unless their was some rationale for it. It is quite possible that we are anointing Castillo without acknowledging the possibility that Washburn was in the right here, and what we are seeing from Andy now is pure cronyism (e.g. admitting he mishandled the Castillo situation at same time he fires Washburn).

    Bowles and Castillo do have very different demeanors, but honestly if Castillo was actually getting “picked on” by Washburn without being able to defend himself, the players were definitely abusing his authority as well. For example, there was a report at the start of the season where Namdi was gushing about Bowles’ knowledge of the secondary, which clearly indicated the DBs did not feel confident that Castillo knew what he was doing.

    Regardless, the Castillo-Washburn situation is on Andy Reid, and he deserves the onus of blame irrespective of what actually transpired.

    • Bob A

      Look at it this way, even if Washburn was a total jerk, they won’t share that with the media on the record, because then Washburn would feel free to air all his stuff on the record. Even if Bowles wanted to kick his ass, he wouldn’t share that. The only way we’ll really know what happened is through the last 4 games, If the D continues to be historically inept, then Wash was probably just a guy that Andy didn’t like and fired. If they play well, it might mean that neither Juan or Todd could coach around a flawed scheme, and Wash was so inflexible they couldn’t reason with him. But NO coach is going to air all the dirty laundry, Washburn wants to get another job, and Andy wants to have a good pool of people that want to interview with him at his next stop; no head coach will want the rep as the guy that badmouths former assistants. Firing him on Dec 2 made the point for future Washburn suitors without Andy needing to say a word.

  • xlGmanlx

    Eagles have gotten back to not saying stupid thing like “dream team” and are playing politically correct non-statements. Not one thing says “this is total BS, he shouldn’t have been fired”. Just a lot of “he was a good coach” “he taught us everything he knew” “i texted him” real people in the real world do things in person, they don’t text. Certainly not wash’s generation.

  • Loke2112

    Somehow Washburn doesn’t strike me as a guy who texts much there Fletcher. You may wanna go old school and pick up the phone.