National Football League
               === Eagles fire defensive line coach Washburn ===
 Philadelphia,  PA  (Sports  Network)  - The  Philadelphia  Eagles  have  fired
 defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
 Washburn  was  in his  second season in  the position. He  will be replaced by
 Tommy Brasher.
 "Jim  is a  fine football coach and  we appreciate the efforts he gave to this
 team over the past two years," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid in a statement
 Monday. "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."
 Brasher  was  the Eagles' defensive  line coach in 1985  and held the same job
 from 1999-2005.
 The  Eagles tied for  the league lead with 50 sacks last season, but have only
 20 in 12 games this year -- tied for 27th in the league.
 It's  the  second defensive  coach the  Eagles have  dismissed this season, as
 defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired in October.
 12/03 08:06:07 ET

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