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.
WASHBURN'S COACHING BACKGROUND
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
• Defensive Line Coach 1998
• 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
• Defensive Coordinator 1979
• Defensive Coordinator 1977-1978
Southern Methodist 1976
• Graduate Assistant 1976
Washburn says Suh is right up there with the likes of Albert Haynesworth, and has a chance to be a "special" player in this league
Coaching alongside one another was never a goal for the Washburns, but it's something they've fully embraced heading into the 2013 season
Washburn joins Kris Kocurek as co-defensive line coach for the Lions and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience