Part of piece on Jim Wahsburn (fired D-line coach for the Eagles) included these little nuggets of information:
Babin was all about compiling sacks, never about winning, never about being part of a team, and it turns out Washburn was exactly the same. No coincidence they were dismissed less than a week apart.
(Referencing the wide DE set the Eagles D has used the last few years)
The Wide 9 doesn't work. Even last year, when the Eagles registered a league-best 50 sacks, the stats were hollow as the losses piled up week after week. And this year, we've seen the scheme continually put the Eagles' safeties in difficult or impossible situations while the sack numbers dwindled too. The Wide 9 forces safeties to cheat the run, since the defensive linemen are so busy blasting up the field thinking sack that they're often unable to or unwilling to tackle running backs or are out of position to make tackles. Just won't work over the long haul.
My question. Is it possible to be a system DE? If most of the Eagles sacks came simply due to the type of system the Eagles ran (and their ability to simply put ears back and pass rush every down) and less because he was the sort of "beast" in man on man situations then is he anything different than what we currently have in Chick, Lane, Mincey? I get that it doesn't hurt to try...but idk...maybe Khan could/should have tied Gene's hands from the checkbooks lol