Found November 29, 2012 on
Philly Sports Nut:
It’s been a busy week for the Philadelphia Eagles. On Monday the lost again, this time to the 2-8 (now 3-8) Carolina Panthers. There were some positives to come out of that game, but for the most part it was another major letdown. That lead to the release of Jason Babin and nonstop controversy since. We have always been hearing about head coaching rumors already and another new offensive line grouping.
First, let’s address the Babin fiasco. Babin is a great guy. He had twitter giveaways for game tickets and his fan club’s clothing line. He had 18 sacks last season and was expected to rack up around 15-18 sacks again this season. His production went down which lead to a decrease in his popularity. Philadelphia is a sports town. They love their athletes when they are performing at a high level. They let them know when they aren’t producing. This fanbase hasn’t seen a football championship since 1960. You are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem. Babin became a part of the problem and fans get on him because of it.
Babin also criticized the fans, which never goes over well. A very small portion of the fans deserved it. Some really awful things were said. Not every Eagles fan says some of the things these monsters said. I would see maybe 0.05% of the fans act like that. Remember, a loud minority beats a quiet majority. I hope those fans got their season tickets revoked, but Babin still shouldn’t have questioned the entire Eagles fans’s loyalty.
Babin got released because he became an overpayed, situational pass rusher who was a liability against the run. He was taking snaps away from younger guys like Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry who were outperforming him. Why keep around a player like that when you are 3-8? The move was beneficial for both sides and both sides should move on. Babin has been using the media in Jacksonville as an outlet to bash the media in Philly. Today, according to Vito Stellino’s twitter (Jacksonville writer) he said that the Eagles writers were unprofessional, wore shorts, didn’t tie their shoes and had stinky breath. I wish Babin all the best in Jacksonville, but this sounds like he is trying to stir up trouble. Sometimes after a breakup you just need to move on. The Eagles are slated to host the Jaguars in 2014.
There are rumors that Howie Roseman is already working on a deal with Chip Kelly to be the next Eagles coach. Kelly is currently preparing Oregon for their upcoming bowl game. I doubt the two talked about a contract, but the two probably did talk. Roseman is a GM, he talks to hundreds of coaches a year. He could of been talking about Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan for all we know. This is a rumor and nothing more.
Evan Mathis has been getting reps at center this week. This could be because starting center Dallas Reynolds has missed some practice this week or because Danny Watkins is close to 100% and the coaches want their 5 best offensive linemen on the field together. The new offensive line could be (from left tackle to right tackle) King Dunlap, Watkins, Mathis, Jake Scott and Dennis Kelly. If Mathis does well at center he could stay there next season. The next Eagles coach may want a bigger center if he runs more of a power running offense.
I don’t think a lot of Eagles fans even realize that it is “Beat Dallas Week”. The rivalry has lost is mojo this season. The Cowboys are 5-6 and are hanging on by a thread. The Eagles fell off a long time ago. This game just has no excitement to it. Neither team is making the playoffs, although the Cowboys have a decent shot as they are only a game back of the wildcard spot. A loss this week to the Eagles probably kills the Cowboys season. Maybe if the Eagles had shown enough signs that they could win this game the fans would be more excited. At this point the fans are just counting down the weeks until the season is over. That alone will get Andy Reid fired over anything else.
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IRVING The Philadelphia Eagles cut defensive end Jason Babin on Tuesday, leaving the two-time Pro Bowler available to be claimed by another franchise.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won the claim on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
When the news of Babin's release began circulating, fans across the league wondered if their favorite team would land the former first-round...
In a surprise move, the lowly Philadelphia Eagles cut defensive end Jason Babin, who led the team in sacks. For a team who struggles – well, everywhere on the field – you would think that they would want every player available to use on both sides of the ball. While there may be more to this move than Andy Reid letting the younger players get more time while allowing Babin the...
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the Philadelphia Eagles waived defensive end Jason Babin to save some money by creating more salary cap space for themselves.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Babin was cut in order to save cap space and cash ($1.69 million on both counts) down the stretch. The goal also was to give the team’s younger players a closer...
The Jacksonville Jaguars won the race to claim former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin off waivers Wednesday in an attempt to improve their pass rush. Eight teams tried to land Babin, NFL.com reported, but the Jaguars had the second highest position on the NFL's waiver claim list and took advantage of it. The Eagles released Babin on Tuesday. The Jaguars will...
The Jaguars are hoping that Jason Babin, who became a symbol of the collapse of the Philadelphia Eagles, can help revive their defense. Babin was signed to a five-year, $28 million contract by the Eagles a year ago and had 18 sacks but the Eagles failed to make the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Things got worse this year and defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who was Babin'...
NewsTags: DeMeco RyansEvan MathisFletcher CoxJason BabinMike PattersonNick FolesPhiladelphia EaglesTrent ColeThere’s a lot of talk about the release of Jason Babin sending a message. Why would you wait until the team is 3-8 to send a message? The season is over and all the players are playing for is their individual careers...
Jason Babin, this year's blockbuster waived player, may want to stay with the Jaguars long-term.
Babin has a player option in his contract that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2013 season, but Babin indicates he won't necessarily exercise that option to get out of Jacksonville.
After indicating he thought of Jacksonville as his long...
One day after he was released by the Eagles, the All-Pro defensive end has himself a new team: the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jason Babin cut by Eagles
When a player’s only responsibility is to do one specific job, it becomes very conspicuous when that player is not fulfilling that obligation. Such was the case with now-former Eagles DE Jason Babin, who was unceremoniously released today. Babin, who played in the last two Pro Bowls, excelled in the infamous wide-9 defense. In 2010 he compiled a then,...
The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to use their lofty waiver position in an effort to improve their pass rush.
The Jaguars claimed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin off waivers Wednesday, a source close to the player told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Eight teams placed a claim on Babin, and only the Kansas City Chiefs had a higher position in the NFL's...
In a shocking move by the Philadelphia Eagles, DE Jason Babin, in his second stint with the team, was cut today. It’s almost ironic as less than 24 hours before the move, he tweeted the following on his twitter account:
Looking back at this tweet from Babin yesterday afternoon, it makes sense. And maybe the dawn is coming a lot sooner than we all expected. In essence,...
One year removed from an 18-sack season, Philadelphia Eagles DE Jason Babin was abruptly released yesterday. I don’t mean to pile-on here, but I can’t say I’m sad to see him go.
In fact, I was very surprised they signed him (again) in 2011.
I normally do not play the “I told you so” game, but…I told you so. Back in June of 2011, I wrote an article saying why I didn’t...
I think they mixed me up with Jason Babin Juan…
I had this realization during Monday Night Football, and it is so obvious I don’t know why it hasn’t been discussed more in depth before.
I honestly don’t see Chip Kelly leaving Oregon, at least not yet, since he still hasn’t won a National Championship. But, if he were to leave, the Philadelphia Eagles would be the perfect fit for him and his offense. They have a wealth...
Casey Matthews is suffering through a miserable season under head coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles. After a 3-1 start, the Eagles have dropped seven straight and Reid has lost control of this team. It is all but inevitable that 2012 will be Reid’s final season coaching the eagles, and if that is indeed the case, Matthews has a suggestion for who the next head coach...