Philadelphia Eagles Fire Jim Washburn, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

Nov 27, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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For the third time this season, the Philadelphia Eagles have followed up a loss by canning a key part of the defense. First, Juan Castillo was fired in October, then Jason Babin was released in November.

And now, defensive line coach and wide-nine maestro Jim Washburn has been relieved of his duties. 

"Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years," head coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the team, which you can check out at CSN Philly.

"However, I determined that it was in the team's best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line."

The Eagles have given up at least 28 points in six straight games, lost eight straight overall, failed to get sacks more often than anyone else and still can't do much to stop the run. Last night, Tony Romo had a big first-down run against the wide-nine. 

Replacement Tommy Brasher will have his hands full.

On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...


Dallas Cowboys

From Charean Williams of the Fort Wort Star-Telegram: The slow-starting Cowboys have been outscored 58-13 in the first halves of their last three games, all at home. 

From Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News: DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer both suffered injuries Sunday night, but both returned.


New York Giants

From Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News: The vast majority of New Jersey residents are Giants fans over Jets or Eagles fans, according to a recent survey.

From's Ohm Youngmisuk: Kenny Phillips made the trip to Washington despite being doubtful.


Philadelphia Eagles

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News gives the Eagles' pass defense an "F" grade for Sunday night's effort.'s Reuben Frank looks at how fumbles have put a damper on an otherwise unbelievable start for Bryce Brown.


Washington Redskins

Mike Jones of the Washington Post looks at how Trent Williams is invaluable to the Redskins' offense.

Mike Wise of the same outlet calls Robert Griffin III the most exciting athlete in D.C. right now.