Jim Washburn has been criticized for employing the Wide-9 formation
Just like every other team, the Giants faced scrutiny and adversity at various points in their season. The difference, however, was that New York responded in ways that other teams in the NFC East could not.
After a Week 9 victory over the New England Patriots, the Giants were 6-2 and in command of the NFC East. Instead of wrapping up the division, they lost four consecutive games before winning three of their last four to earn a playoff spot.
Throughout those difficult times, however, Tom Coughlin never strayed from his system. Even when the offensive line struggled, the Giants ran in short-yardage situations. On defense, they still brought pressure with four linemen.
It is this kind of discipline that resonates into confidence.
The Eagles were in a similar position at the start of the last offseason when Andy Reid promoted long-time offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, to defensive coordinator, and hired Jim Washburn as the new defensive line coach.
The Eagles ended the 2011 season with 50 sacks and 32 sacks allowed. Castillo coached a top-10 defense in terms of points allowed (20.5 per game) and yards allowed per game (324.9), and on paper, the changes looked good. However, their 8-8 record drew concerns about job security amongst the coaching staff.
After starting the season with four losses in their first five games, Philly did manage to win their last four contests to close the season and give hope for the direction in which they’re headed.