Jim Washburn is the best defensive line coach in the game. He gets the most out of his players. Just ask Jason Babin, who never had more than five sacks in a season, and in one season under Washburn he had 12.5 sacks.
Jevon Kearse was never the same player away from Washburn, while Albert Haynesworth never stop regretting his decision to leave Washburn and the Titans in 2009 to join Redskins.
Jim Washburn gets the most out of his players but has never had more than one or two good players to work with on his line. This season, however, Washburn has loaded group of linemen, with about 15 different players that could make the team.
The Eagles signed former Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and traded away Brodrick Bunkley to the Cleveland Browns. The Eagles now have three Pro Bowl caliber players at defensive tackle with Mike Patterson, Jenkins and Antonio Dixon along with a very good inside pass rusher in Trevor Laws.
Patterson, Dixon and Jenkins will be battling for the two starting defensive tackle spots, but Washburn plans to rotate his line a lot so all four guys will get a ton of reps.
The Eagles have a really good but really tough problem at defensive end. They have eight or nine guys that could make the team depending on how healthy Brandon Graham will be this season.
Trent Cole and Jason Babin are the obvious starters, but several players will be fighting for a spot on the team as part of the defensive line rotation. Darryl Tapp and Juqua Parker had decent numbers in 2010 but will be challenged by younger guys like Phillip Hunt and Ricky Sapp who are built perfectly for the wide nine scheme that Washburn uses.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is another player to watch in camp and through preseason. A 2010 third-round pick, Te'o-Nesheim had a pretty pedestrian season only playing in six games with two total tackles and one sack. He has shown a ton of growth so far in training camp, but his play in preseason will determine if he earns a spot on the team and a bigger role in 2011.
Victor Abiamiri finally looks healthy, for now. He is starting to look like the player the Eagles drafted in the second-round back in 2007 and push someone out before preseason is up. Brandon Graham is the wildcard in all the position battles at defensive end. If he is put on IR, someone else will make the team who would otherwise be cut.
Bottom line, the cupboard is certainly not bare and the miracle worker of defensive linemen known as Jim Washburn is in a position to make a lot of players into elite, quarterback hunting machines.