Saturday, March 19, 2016

Washburn joins Dolphins to help with pass rush

The Miami Dolphins announced Friday Jim Washburn has been named senior defensive assistant/pass rush specialist.

The 66-year-old Washburn, who has spent the last three seasons with the Detroit Lions, has 17 years of NFL coaching experience.

He has coached six defensive linemen to Pro Bowl seasons, including Jason Babin, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Kevin Carter, Albert Haynesworth, Jevon Kearse and the Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh when Washburn coached him in Detroit.

The Lions defensive line was among the league’s best at forcing opponents into negative plays in 2014. Under Washburn’s guidance, the unit ranked fifth in sacks by defensive line (34.0), tied for third in tackles for loss on rushing plays by defensive line (26) and second in total negative plays by defensive line with 60. The Lions also tied an NFL record for the most games (14) holding opponents to less than 100 rushing yards in a season.