Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Babin more than worth a try for the Jaguars
By Paul Kuharsky
The Jaguars have claimed Jason Babin off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, Adam Schefter reports.
Eight teams claimed him, but the Jaguars won his rights because they were second to Kansas City in the waiver order which is based on current records.
I like it. I like it a lot.
Babin has been an effective 4-3 end in Tennessee and Philadelphia for high-energy, vinegary defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
The man who holds the same post in Jacksonville, Joe Cullen, is a lot like Washburn. He isn’t getting nearly the rush he needs out of the guys he’s got. Adding Babin to the mix should help.
Jacksonville is 32nd in the NFL in sacks per play and has taken the quarterback down just 13 times, tied with the Raiders for the fewest sacks in the league.
Originally drafted by Houston 27th overall in 2004 in to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, Babin didn’t pan out. After three seasons, he turned into a journeyman, with stops in Seattle, Kansas City and Philadelphia over the next three seasons.
The Titans took him on as a $1 million reclamation project in 2010 and, spurred by Washburn, he produced 12.5 sacks.
But the team changed coaches and defensive schemes in 2011, looking to get bigger and asking ends to play over offensive tackles instead of way out wide. It didn’t bid to re-sign him and he wound up following Washburn to Philadelphia for a second term with the Eagles.
After 18.5 sacks in 2011, he was part of a crumbling team this year and the Eagles released him Monday in order to give some younger guys a chance.
If Cullen allows him to line up wide and use his speed to take on tackles, he should provide a pass-rush boost.