After Sunday night’s 38-33 loss to the Cowboys, defensive line coach Jim Washburn has been fired. The latest casualty in Lurie’s firing range, Washburn joins a long line of assistant coaches, players, and front office personnel to lose their jobs in the face of this now-officially losing season. One week after pro bowl defensive end Jason Babin was cut, the coach most credited with molding him from a former first-round bust to an All-Pro has been sent packing as well. It is becoming clear that Andy Reid is running out of scapegoats and I’m sure he knows deep down inside his days as head coach are numbered and he’s becoming more and more desperate to shift the blame anywhere he can find a flaw.
The Eagles played dead on both offense and defense in the week 8 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Andy Reid’s 13-year streak of winning after the bye week has been snapped due to poor coaching by Reid and horrible play on both sides of the ball. Led by Michael Vick, who leads the league in turnovers with 14 (8 interceptions and 6 fumbles), the Eagles gained 5 total yards in the first quarter and ended up allowing nearly 400 total offensive yards. Fans at Lincoln Financial Field chanted “Fire Andy” after halftime. The Eagles will face a tough challenge next week as they take on Drew Brees in the Superdome.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced Tuesday that Juan Castillo, former offensive line coach and defensive coordinator since the start of the 2011 season, has been fired from his position of defensive coordinator after a 3 game streak where the defense blew 2 4th-quarter leads and the entire defensive line, including pro-bowlers Jason Babin, Trent Cole, and Cullen Jenkins, failed to record a single sack. Defensive backs coach Todd Bowles was named Castillo’s replacement.