Report: Roseman Helped Reid Sign WashburnBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, Front Office, News Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Jeff McLane of Philly.com reports that Eagles GM Howie Roseman encouraged Andy Reid to hire defensive line coach Jim Washburn. Roseman was impressed with the success of Washburn during his time with Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans.
After Fisher was fired by the Titans, Washburn was let go as well and therefor available, so Roseman encouraged Reid to move quickly to sign him to a deal.
In making this move, Reid broke some of the rules which had helped him build a winning tradition with the Eagles in Philadelphia. He had never hired a defensive line coach before hiring the defensive coordinator.
His first signing as a head coach back in 1999 was the signing of defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.
He signed Washburn right after the 2010 season and after he had just fired defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott. So he had Washburn his defensive line coach under contract before he had signed a defensive coordinator, thanks to Roseman.
It was a mistake which I’m sure Reid and Roseman regret, but they won’t say so publicly.
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