He now joins Kris Kocurek as co-defensive line coach for the Lions and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. That experience includes 10 years working with Lions head coach Jim Schwartz from 1999 through 2008 when Schwartz was a defensive assistant and then defensive coordinator in Tennessee.
"He's more scheme than a motivator," said linebacker
"He understands what our defense is. He understands what helps this defense. I think him and Coach (Gunther) Cunningham will definitely be on the same page and help each other when it comes to this defense."
Like Tulloch, defensive end
"It's been great just coming in, just being comfortable with everything," Jones said. "Everything's familiar with the same things he taught me in Tennessee and I'm bringing them here now. I'm familiar with it, so it makes it easier for me to help out the younger guys."
Washburn's also having an immediate impact on some of his new players.
"He's just as intense and enthusiastic as Kris is, but he's been around the block a few times," said fourth-year defensive end
"Kris takes a lot from Washburn. The same way I looked up to Kyle Vanden Bosch, I think it's safe to say that's the same way Kris looks up to Washburn."
Washburn told reporters at the Senior Bowl in January that he considered Kocurek his "other son".
Washburn inherits two-time Pro Bowler