Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Washburn's resume, the Eagles' D-line

Update: The original post was off-base. The Tennesean article I linked to earlier said the Titans had 474 sacks by defensive linemen under Jim Washburn, but that's actually not true.

Washburn's resume, the Eagles' D-line

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Update: The original post was off-base. The Tennesean article I linked to earlier said the Titans had 474 sacks by defensive linemen under Jim Washburn, but that's actually not true.

They had 474 sacks as a team during his 12 years there, which makes the premise here completely different.

Since I did the research anyway, here's a look at the year-by-year sack numbers by Birds' defensive linemen (not the entire defense!) in the last 12 seasons:

Year
Sacks by D-Linemen
1999
21.5
2000
41
2001
31.5
2002
40
2003
24.5
2004
32
2005
21.5
2006
31
2007
30
2008
34.5
2009
38
2010
31
Total
376.5
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Getting back to Washburn, since 1999, the Titans have had five different defensive linemen make the Pro Bowl: Jevon Kearse, Kevin Carter, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Albert Haynesworth and Jason Babin.

The Eagles have had three linemen make the Pro Bowl during that same span: Hugh Douglas, Corey Simon and Trent Cole.

In Kearse's first three seasons with the Titans, he had 14.5, 11.5 and 10 sacks, respectively. After leaving Tennessee and becoming an Eagle, Kearse failed to notch more than 7.5 sacks in a season.

Carter had put together three straight double-digit sack seasons with the Rams before joining the Titans. He only had two sacks in his first season in Tennessee, but had 10 the next year.

Vanden Bosch started 20 games in three seasons with the Cardinals before joining the Titans. In five seasons with Tennessee, he had a 12-sack season and a 12.5-sack season.

While Haynesworth is a case study unto himself, it's still worth mentioning his performance. He had 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his first five seasons with the Titans, but totaled 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his final two seasons before getting the big payday with the Redskins.

And finally, Babin was without a team late in the summer of 2009 before the Eagles brought him to training camp at Lehigh. In 75 career games before 2010, Babin had 19.5 sacks. In 16 games with the Titans, he had 12.5.

All of this is a long way of saying that Washburn has an impressive resume.

As I wrote about over the weekend, the Eagles - and more specifically Howie Roseman and Andy Reid - focused on revamping the defensive line last offseason. The Birds acquired Darryl Tapp via trade and spent two of their first three picks on Brandon Graham and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Now the coaches have to help those three players - along with any others that might be added this offseason - maximize their potential.

If the Eagles fail to get production from Graham, Te'o-Nesheim and Tapp in the next year or two, and Chris Clemons and Babin continue to put up big sack numbers, Roseman and Reid look bad in their personnel evaluation.

Be sure to check out Tommy Lawlor's take on Washburn over at Bleeding Green Nation. I specifically liked his breakdown of the Titans' scheme with their linemen, compared to what the Eagles do.

And if you missed it from Tuesday night, I posted on one of the defensive coordinator candidates Washburn might be working for - Dick Jauron. I looked at the numbers, and his resume as a coordinator is far from impressive.


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