Jason Babin claims Eagles are ‘socialistic’ team

Though now a Jaguar, Jason Babin still harbors significant hostility toward the Eagles, who surprisingly released him last month.

Made available to the media Wednesday, Babin didn’t hold his tongue. The defensive end touched on a variety topics, including his time in Philly and their “socialistic” organization.

For the former, Babin intimated that he just never jived in the City of Brotherly Love.

“They have a different approach and a different style than I do,” Babin said, via Adam Caplan of The Sideline View. “It’s upsetting because they knew what they were getting when they hired me. I don’t know if they were going to try and change me. My stripes are kind of already the way they are, the way I practice, aggressive, loud, the way I play the game. I don’t know, I just guess they thought they could change the way I went about my business.”

In reference to his “socialistic” barb, Babin pointed to the firing of defensive line coach Jim Washburn as an example of the Eagles’ system at work.

“They don’t have amicable splits with people,” he said. “You saw how dirty they did (Jim) Washburn with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about him on the way out. It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have.”

Washburn, who reinvented Babin in his “Wide-9” scheme, was let go during the season, taking the fall for a wildly underperforming unit. Babin was given his walking papers — one year after totaling 18 sacks — because other players, such as Brandon Graham, were waiting in the wings.

The two situations are hardly coincidental; it’s obvious what the club’s brass thought of both men.

Because Philadelphia has suffered through the nightmare that is the 2012 campaign, they’re likely to shrug off Babin’s claims as sour grapes. That may very well be the case, considering the sudden nature of the breakup, but it’ll be interesting if his accusations are ever brought to light.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Follow H2H on Twitter | Like H2H on Facebook | Discuss this story on H2H forums

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).
  • Rich

    I’d say cutting under-performing employees (“dead wood”) is rather Capitalistic if you ask me. Seems Babin, in addition to forgetting how to sack a quarterback, has forgotten the economics/political science he learned in school as well.

  • Brian

    What a clown. Not only has he been the classic underachiever since the draft, he’s a wannabe “intellectual” who has no idea of word context. Imbecile. Besides, Jason Babin is all about Jason Babin. The only thing he ever cared about in TEAM is ME. Good riddance.

  • RYAN

    “they were getting when they hired me. I don’t know if they were going to try and change me”

    Idiot, they hired you! YOu should be thankful and follow “TEAM” procedures, not go by the beat of your own drum. That means they (Team management) call the shots and you work for them, get it? Wow this guy is dense.

  • matt

    underachiever is the key word in this sceario. He did nothing, and is a loud mouth on top of it all..Eagles organization does not hold on to the “TO” type player for a reason..Jim Washburn another waste of time loudmouth with nothing to back it up. Bottom line wide 9 doesn’t work and he himself along with big mouth Babin proved that..BYE BYE>>we’ll be happy to watch you fail in the future…

  • John G

    Jason You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

  • Marc Homan

    Jason get over it, you don’t play for the Eagles anymore.

  • Dennis

    Philly deserves the Eagles

    • jw

      and Babin deserves the jags