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Jim Washburn (born December 2, 1949) is an American football coach. He was the assistant defensive line coach for the Detroit Lions from 2013 to 2015, defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League and the Tennessee Titans' defensive line coach from 1999 to 2010.

Jim Washburn
Born: (1949-12-02) December 2, 1949 (age 69)
Shelby, North Carolina
Career information
Career history
As coach
1976SMU (Graduate Assistant)
1977–1978Lees–McRae (Defensive Coordinator)
1979Livingston (Defensive Coordinator)
1980–1982New Mexico (Defensive Line Coach)
1983–1988South Carolina (Defensive Line Coach)
1990Charlotte Barons (Head Coach)
1991London Monarchs (Defensive Line Coach)
1992London Monarchs (Defensive Coordinator)
1993Charlotte Rage (Assistant Coach)
1994–1997Arkansas (Defensive Line Coach)
1998Houston (Defensive Line Coach)
1999–2010Tennessee Titans (Defensive Line Coach)
2011–2012Philadelphia Eagles (Defensive Line Coach)
2013–2015Detroit Lions (Assistant Defensive line Coach)
2016–2017Miami Dolphins (Senior Defensive Assistant)

Coaching careerEdit

Washburn was hired by the Tennessee Titans as their defensive line coach in 1999. During his 12-year tenure with the Titans, the team ranked seventh in sacks with 474 and fifth in run defense thanks to Washburn's defensive line.[1]

Washburn agreed to a three-year contract as the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive line coach on January 19, 2011. Washburn was fired by the Eagles on December 3, 2012 following a Sunday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys that extended the team's 2012 losing streak to eight games.

On January 22, 2013, Washburn was hired by the Detroit Lions as a defensive assistant.[2] His son, Jeremiah, is the offensive line coach for the Lions. On October 26, 2015, Jeremiah Washburn was fired by the Detroit Lions. [3]

Steroid scandalEdit

While coaching at the University of South Carolina, Washburn was embroiled in a steroid scandal that resulted in his (and three other assistant coaches) indictment. Washburn pled guilty, and was sentenced to three months in a halfway house and given a three-year probationary term.[4]


  1. ^ "Eagles hire Jim Washburn for staff". January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "New Detroit Lions' assistant Jim Washburn thrilled to work with his two 'sons,' best friend, and favorite player". January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Detroit Free Press. Detroit Free Press Retrieved October 26, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Sentences in Steroid Case". The New York Times. The Associated Press. 1989-08-11. Retrieved 2008-01-07.