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Don't try to guilt trip Jim Washburn

We normally don't devote many blog entries to the hiring of a defensive line coach, but then, it's not every day that someone of Jim Washburn's caliber becomes available. The Eagles' new defensive line coach tried to clear the air about his departure from the Tennessee Titans in an interview with The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt on Thursday:

"Everyone is trying to read different things into it, but I have choices and I feel good about it," said Washburn. "I have no buyer’s remorse or anything. I am not going to be ugly about anything. I want to leave here with a clean break and don’t want to have any sour grapes and I shouldn’t. It was a really good 12 years, most of them anyway. Maybe one or two of them (stunk), but I enjoyed it.

"I was frustrated when we didn’t play good. But my contract is up. So I don’t understand how anyone could fault me. Life is about choices. No one is going to put me on a guilt trip because I went over there and worked as hard as I could every day and I enjoyed every minute of it. Now I just wanted to do something a little different."

Washburn apparently didn't like the perception that he was leaving town because the Titans had a poor season or that he was forced out in some way. I don't really think Eagles coach Andy Reid is concerned with the back story on how Washburn became available. He's thrilled to land an assistant who's had a lot of success with Titans players over the past 12 seasons.

"I don’t have anything bad to say about anybody -- players or coaches,’’ Washburn told Wyatt. “I did my best for 12 years with the Titans. I was real happy with the way Jeff [Fisher] treated me; I thought he always went above and beyond the call of duty with me. He sort of allowed me to be myself, and he let me make my own hours. I was a real early bird and home little early and he was great with me.

"So I couldn’t have asked for a better boss than Jeff. He was great. I don’t think anybody ever treated me as well as Jeff Fisher did. I can swear to you on that one. It was like I was an independent contractor. So I thank him for that. Now I want to do good for Andy Reid now."

By the way, have you heard the one about Albert Haynesworth saying he'll take a pay cut to play for Washburn? I bet Dan Snyder got a kick out of that.