Heralded as one of the best defensive line coaches in the NFL, Washburn joined the Detroit Lions coaching staff as assistant defensive line/pass rush specialist in 2013 after serving as the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive line coach from 2011-2012. Washburn’s stout coaching resume features six defensive linemen he has coached to the Pro Bowl, including Jason Babin, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Kevin Carter, Albert Haynesworth, Jevon Kearse and Ndamukong Suh.
LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS
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 15 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 was born December 2, 1963. He and his wife, Sandy, have three children, Jessica, Brady, Jeremiah, daughters-in-law Susan and Ashley and seven grandchildren, Allison Grace, Luke, Drew, Avery Jane, Megan, Cash and Noah.
WASHBURN'S COACHING BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2013-
Philadelphia Eagles 2011-12
Tennessee Titans 1999-2010
Charlotte Rage 1993
London Monarchs 1991-92
Charlotte Barons 1990
South Carolina 1983-88
New Mexico 1980-82
Southern Methodist 1976
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.