In 1999 the Titans brought in Jim Washburn as their defensive line coach. That same year they drafted Jevon Kearse in the first round. Tennessee set a team record for sacks that year, going to the Superbowl. The following year Tennessee went 13-3 and again set a team record for sacks.
Not saying that Washburn had everything to do with those two years but ask Jeff Fisher and he will tell you that a huge effect was the d-line coach.
Veterans like Kevin Carter and Kyle Vanden Bosch came to Tennessee and had career years under Washburn’s teachings.
Other guys like Antwan Odom and Travis Laboy came to Tennessee and learned how to rush the passer effectively and both got big contracts from other teams. Think Washburn had anything had to do with that?
Even Albert Haynesworth didn’t really dominate like he did until he fully bought into Washburn’s system of hands and quickness.
His current projects include Jason Jones who looks like a stud in the making and William Hayes, who is out of small school Winston Salem. Both are becoming forces with the help of Washburn. Jacob Ford is another who was drafted out the University of Central Arkansas and has really learned how to turn the corner and use his hand techniques well.
If the Titans choose to go with a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft this year expect him to come in and produce quick under the Washburn system.
Known for his fiery demeanor here is a coach who consistently does a great job for Jeff Fisher.
Washburn has been a cog in Titans' successs for over a decade
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