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Eagles fire DL coach Washburn

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)

The foundering Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn as they try to fix a broken pass defense amid an eight-game losing streak.

Eagles coach Andy Reid on Monday announced former defensive line coach Tommy Brashear is replacing Washburn.

The Eagles hired Washburn before last season, expecting his wide-nine defensive line alignment to produce plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The scheme helped the Eagles tie for the league lead with 50 sacks last season but has resulted in only 20 so far this year.

Washburn's firing comes a day after the Eagles dropped to 3-9 with a 38-33 loss to Dallas in which Tony Romo finished 22 for 27 for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

Last week, the Eagles released defensive end Jason Babin, who excelled in Washburn's scheme while in Tennessee.

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