It appears that former Eagles defensive and Jason Babin simply can’t help himself when it comes to his opinions of his former employer.
The enigmatic defensive end, took to the airwaves on ESPN Radio the day of his release from the Eagles to rip the organization for parting ways with him midseason, and on Wednesday lashed out at the way the Eagles franchise does business.
In the run up to the 2011 season, the Eagles signed Babin to a five-year $28 million contract as a free agent, after adding now recently deposed defensive line coach Jim Washburn who coached Babin during their tenures with the Tennessee Titans. Philadelphia released the defensive end on November 27th, in a move that was made to give younger players an opportunity to see increased playing time. The next day, the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Babin off waivers.
The 32-year old told Tennesee Titans media during a conference call that he felt the Eagles were out to ruin his career.
“That was probably their approach because they don’t have amicable splits with people,” Babin said during a conference call with Tennessee reporters. “You saw how dirty they did [Washburn] with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about him on the way out. It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have. I didn’t really care.”
Babin only tallied 5.5 sacks in 11 games with the Eagles, less than one year after piling up 18 while playing in the wide nine system that has since been scrapped by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
It seems as though the Eagles firing of Washburn struck a chord with Babin.
“Yeah, and that’s the surprising part,” Babin said. ”You find out the fact that they had a D-line consultant the whole time they had him. Well, if you don’t trust the guy…It’s kind of like one of those things where they say they trust you, and they want you to do certain things a certain way, but then behind the scenes, they’re monitoring it and second-guessing it. It’s unfortunate because as you guys know, (Jim) Washburn gives his heart and soul every practice and gets the most out of all of his players. But that’s life, I can’t really sit up here and whine and complain about my situation when people around the country and around the world for that matter are in a lot worse situations than myself.”
“They have a different approach and a different style than I do,” Babin said. “It’s upsetting because they knew what they were getting when they hired me. But I don’t know if they were going to try and change me.”
Since being claimed by Jacksonville, Babin has 1.5 sacks in four games played.
In one final parting shot towards Philadelphia, Babin said that the situation is a vast improvement in Jacksonville compared to what he experienced during his season and a half with the Eagles.
“It’s definitely night and day. We fit in here, where we’re at, our family values, our approach, the way we live our life as a family. It definitely fits in better here.”
One thing worth noting is that in the wake of his release, very few veteran players came to his defense and being in the locker room you get the sense that in terms of being a leader, the only player that contrary to what he may have thought, that looked up to Jason Babin, was Babin himself.
Babin’s standing in the locker room is simply hurt by the fact that he was voted out as the players representative to the NFLPA at one point during his season and a half in Philadelphia.
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