It looks like Pro Bowl DE Jason Babin isn’t done gushing to the media about his qualms with the Philadelphia Eagles, as he called the organization a “socialistic system” today when discussing his tenure.
Babin was absolutely stunned when the Eagles cut him mid-season this year, after being named All-Pro just last season, while leading the entire NFL with 18 sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Babin off of waivers immediately following his release from the birds, but he has been a non-factor during his 4 games with the team. Babin was also having a very unproductive season with the Eagles before he was axed, tallying just 5.5 sacks in 11 games.
Babin was also unhappy with the way that the Eagles fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who had a great relationship with the defensive end.
“They have a different approach and a different style than I do,” stated Babin about the Eagles. “It’s kind of upsetting because they knew what they were getting when they hired me.”
It looks like Babin is trying to make the point that the Eagles dumped him because they couldn’t handle his all-out kind of attitude. He also stated that the organization must not have been on board with his “aggressive, loud” style of play in practice and in games.
The Eagles really haven’t missed Babin much at all, as 3rd year DE Brandon Graham has performed tremendously since filling the void. Graham has generated four sacks and 21 total tackles in the four games since Babin’s controversial departure.
Graham certainly looks to be a bright spot on the Eagles’ deteriorating squad, and is likely going to be a primary piece of the puzzle as the organization attempts to rebuild.
At the same time, I think that Babin may very well still have some miles left on his wheels, even with the lack of production he has shown this year in Philadelphia and Jacksonville.
Babin’s time as an All-Pro defender may be limited, but his time as a solid contributor is far from finished.
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