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Eagles hire Jim Washburn

1/19/2011

The Philadelphia Eagles have officially hired 61-year-old Jim Washburn away from the Tennessee Titans. Now they just need to find a defensive coordinator.

"We are thrilled to add a quality defensive line coach in Jim Washburn,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement Wednesday. “He had a great tenure with Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans and he’ll play a big part in the development of our defensive line moving forward. He’s had a number of Pro Bowl players working under him over the years with the Titans and we’re happy to have him join our coaching staff in Philadelphia."

Washburn also released a statement:

"Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Jeff Fisher and the Titans organization for allowing a nobody like me to coach in the NFL for the last 12 years," said Washburn. "An opportunity came along for me to join the Eagles and I felt like it was good timing. At this stage of my career, I’m ready to make a change. This is no reflection on the state of the Titans but just a good opportunity for me."

No matter where a player was drafted, Washburn has a reputation for producing excellent results. In fact, he's played a large role in making a lot of players very, very wealthy. The Eagles still need to get this defensive coordinator job right, but Washburn is an excellent start.