Jim Washburn
Defensive Line


Heralded as one of the best defensive line coaches in the League, Washburn joins the Detroit Lions coaching staff as assistant defensive line/pass rush specialist after serving as the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive line coach from 2011-2012. Washburn’s stout coaching resume features five defensive linemen he has coached to the Pro Bowl, including Jason Babin, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Kevin Carter, Albert Haynesworth and Jevon Kearse.

In his first year with Philadelphia, Washburn led the Eagles to a League-leading 50 sacks in 2011, 46 of which came from his defensive line unit. Under Washburn’s guidance, Babin notched a career-high 18 sacks and earned his second trip to the Pro Bowl.

Washburn brings more than 12 years of NFL coaching experience to the Lions, beginning his professional coaching career with the Tennessee Titans as defensive line coach from 1999-2010. During his time in Tennessee, the Titans ranked seventh in the NFL in sacks and fifth in rushing yards allowed. Washburn helped lead the Titans to six playoff berths, three division titles and one AFC championship.

Prior to joining the Titans, Washburn spent more than 20 years coaching in the Arena Football League, NFL Europe and collegiate programs, including defensive line coach positions at Houston (1998), Arkansas (1994-1997) and South Carolina (1983-1988).

Washburn began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southern Methodist University. A native of Shelby, N.C., he was a four-year letterman at Gardner-Webb College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1973. He later added his master’s degree from North Carolina A&T in 1975.


Detroit Lions 2013-
• Assistant Defensive Line/Pass Rush Specialist 2013-

Philadelphia Eagles 2011-2012
• Defensive Line Coach 2011-2012

Tennessee Titans 1999-2010
• Defensive Line Coach 1999-2010

Houston 1998
• Defensive Line Coach 1998

Arkansas 1994-1997
• Defensive Line Coach 1994-1997

Charlotte Rage 1993
• Assistant Coach 1993

London Monarchs 1991-1992
• Defensive Coordinator 1992 • Defensive Line Coach 1991

Charlotte Barons 1990
• Head Coach 1990

South Carolina 1983-1988
• Defensive Line Coach 1983-1988

New Mexico 1980-1982
• Defensive Line Coach 1980-1982

Livingston 1979
• Defensive Coordinator 1979

Lees-McRae 1977-1978
• Defensive Coordinator 1977-1978

Southern Methodist 1976
• Graduate Assistant 1976

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  • WXYZ: Tom Leyden with Jim and Jeremiah Washburn

    (2:40) Posted Aug 29, 2013

    Tom Leyden sits down with Lions' assistant defensive line coach Jim Washburn and offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn to discuss what it's been like as a father and son, coaching on the same team.