Today I sat down with Jason Babin, All Pro Defensive End for the Philadelphia Eagles. Recently, Jason has been pressured by members of the press looking for him to make a sound byte on the firing of Juan Castillo and on his replacement, Todd Bowles. When Babin refused, the press took that as a slight against Bowles and Babin being obstinate. Nothing can be further from the truth, as I give Jason time today to explain how he really feels about Juan Castillo, Todd Bowles and the press.
In addition, we talk about the upcoming game against the 6-0 Atlanta Falcons. Facing Michael Vick’s former team and Asante Samuel’s current team, the Eagles look to etend their post-bye week 13-0 win streak under Head Coach Andy Reid.
Mike Patterson returns to the Eagles organization this week and Babin gives us his perspective on what that means to Patterson and the organization as a whole.
Finally, today ESPN reported a commentary that calls the Eagles “overrated”. I gave my own opinion that this was premature, considering the Eagles are still 3-3 and have five division games to go. But Babin explains why he feels that the commentary and the fans that feel that way may be correct and why he believes Eagles fans have cause to be upset at their current record.
Listen closely as Jason recounts his thoughts on this week’s Ask Babin.
Jason Babin is a ferocious defensive end who has flourished over the last two seasons and emerged as one of the NFL’s top pass rushers. Babin re-signed with the Eagles as a free agent prior to the 2011 season and earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection after registering a career high 18 sacks. A former first round draft choice (27th overall) of Houston in 2004, Babin has spent time with the Texans (2004-06), Seahawks (2007-08), Chiefs (2008), Eagles (2009) and Titans (2010).
- Since the start of the 2010 season, Babin ranks third in the NFL with 30.5 sacks Is one of just three players (DeMarcus Ware, Tamba Hali) with at least 12 sacks in each of the last two seasons (2010-11)
- Earned Associated Press second-team All-Pro honors in 2011
- Garnered Pro Bowl honors following the 2010 and 2011 seasons after amassing 12.5 and 18.5 sacks, respectively.
Babin is an avid hunter and owns and operates Babin Ranch, a hunting ranch that is situated on 435 heavily wooded acres in Center, Texas.