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February 19. 2013 8:26PM
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The Eagles announced that defensive line coach Jim Washburn was relieved of his duties and was replaced with former assistant Tommy Brasher on Monday morning.


Washburn had become a cancer around the team, according to one Eagles source, and had become increasingly difficult to work with after defensive end Jason Babin was released last week.


Washburn had threatened to quit after his protege was cut, the source said. Andy Reid beat him to the punch and fired him with four games remaining.


This was a move that I made. Nobody else made this move, that's important for you to understand, Reid said during his Monday press conference, a day after the Eagles fell to 3-9 with a 38-33 loss to the Cowboys. This isn't a move to save my job, that's not what this is. This is a move that I think needed to be done now.


Reid confirmed that Washburn's wide nine scheme would essentially no longer be used by the Eagles.


Brasher was Reid's line coach from 1999-2005. He and then defensive coordinator Jim Johnson worked in unison to create a defense that was among the best in franchise history.


Washburn had started to alienate himself from the rest of the Eagles coaching staff as early as last season, not long after he was hired in Jan. 2011, the source said. His abrasive and confrontational personality had rubbed many coaches the wrong way, especially those that were used to the professional environment Reid had fostered in his previous 12 seasons.


The culture clash came to a boil when Washburn tried to push Marty Mornhinweg's buttons on the sideline during a game late November and the offensive coordinator did not back down. The two had to be separated by players.


Washburn also didn't hide his disdain for Castillo and would occasionally refer to him as Juanita in front of him and to his players, team sources said, confirming a CSNPhilly.com report.


Reid made several attempts to break up the frat boy mentality Washburn had brought to the defensive line. Washburn's meeting room had become a dorm room of sorts, and Reid had a refrigerator and coffee machine removed during the bye week.


I would just tell you that there were things that I was disappointed in and as time went on ... I just thought it was the right thing to do, Reid said.


While Washburn had been voicing his frustrations with Castillo's play-calling to his players for a year and a half, he had also become increasingly volatile about Bowles, team sources said.


After Sunday's game in Dallas, when the Eagles locker room finally opened, several defensive linemen were huddled whispering as if something had just happened. A few were staring ominously at each other.


Several hours later it was clear what had happened or was about to happen: Washburn was gone. The team announced the move and that Brasher would come out of retirement 6 a.m. Monday morning.




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