Eagles reportedly talking to Titans DL coach

Tennessee Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn (right) is reportedly a candidate to take over that position with the Eagles. (Mark Humphrey/AP file photo)

While the Eagles continue to look for their next defensive coordinator, they might be getting close to adding their next defensive line coach.

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, the Birds have been in discussions with Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn.

Update: The Inquirer's Jeff McLane is also reporting this on Birds' Eye View.

"The only thing I can confirm is he has been talking them," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said of Washburn and the Eagles. "We are in the middle of it and going back and forth. I would think we’d find out in the next day or so."

Washburn, 61, has spent 12 seasons with the Titans.

According to the Titans' Web site, Washburn is known for his "fiery demeanor." Washburn has coached several Pro Bowl-level defensive linemen like Kyle Vanden Bosch, Jevon Kearse and Albert Haynesworth.

Washburn coached ex-Eagle Jason Babin last season, and as we've mentioned about 10,000 times, Babin piled up 12.5 sacks.

Washburn's coaching background is quite diverse. He's spent time in the college ranks at Houston, Arkansas, South Carolina, New Mexico and other places. Washburn also coached in the AFL and the World Football League.

The Titans are the only NFL team he's coached for.

Wyatt has some good numbers in his story about Washburn:

* Eleven defensive linemen have left the Titans for free agency in the past 12 years, and the total worth of their new contracts has been over $355M.

* In 12 years under Washburn, Titans defensive linemen had 474 sacks, or 39.5 per season. The Eagles had 39 sacks total in 2010 - 31 were by defensive linemen.

Two posts from earlier: one on Dick Jauron's resume as a defensive coordinator. And another with comments from Jeremiah Trotter on Sean McDermott.

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