Washburn Reportedly Unhappy with Babin Release, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

November 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson (98) celebrates a sack with defensive end Jason Babin (93) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (97) against the Carolina Panthers  at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Unsurprisingly, it seems Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach isn't happy that his top sack man, Jason Babin, was released suddenly on Tuesday and is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Washburn was upset, according to one source, because he believed that Babin was being scapegoated for the deficiencies of the Eagles defense, especially up front," wrote Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Andy Reid said Tuesday after he cut Babin that Washburn was OK with the move."

I don't know if I would call it a silver lining or a bright side, but at least Washburn will have a chance to reunite with his favorite defensive end soon, because barring an unforeseen turn of events, he and his wide-nine will be gone after the season, too.

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


Dallas Cowboys

From David Moore of the Dallas Morning News: DeMarco Murray has finally resumed practicing and is optimistic about his status for Sunday night's game against Philadelphia.

From Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: But it's bad news for nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who'll be out until at least the playoffs. Playoffs!?


New York Giants

From ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk: Mathias Kiwanuka is back at defensive end and loving every minute of it.

Michael Eisen of Giants.com looks closely at Osi Umenyiora numbers, particularly Osi's ability to force fumbles.


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher: Evan Mathis might have to start at center in place of Dallas Reynolds this week. What a mess.

Also from Mosher: Philly's backups want more time on the field.


Washington Redskins

From Mark Maske of the Washington Post: The 'Skins put in a waiver claim to get Jason Babin, but he was snapped up by Jacksonville much earlier in the process.

From Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger: Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz thinks the 'Skins are "a couple pieces away" from being true playoff contenders.