Carolina Panthers promote Eric Washington to DC
Eric Washington, who has served as the Panthers’ defensive line coach since 2011, was promoted to defensive coordinator by the team Monday. The move was anticipated — NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning Washington was expected to nab Wilks’ old job.
Washington has built a reputation as one of the league’s more accomplished defensive line coaches over the last seven seasons. Since 2012, the Panthers defensive linemen have produced an NFL-best 280 total sacks. The Panthers have finished in the top 10 in sacks in five of the past six seasons — and were the league’s top-ranked unit in 2013.
This was a little injury at the end of the day. It’s certainly a big part of what a quarterback does. I’ve had a lot worse injuries than this. But if this was on my left hand, I couldn’t care less. But based on where it was, we had to deal with it.
As is his custom, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was less dramatic about the ordeal.
My mom [Galynn] grew up in central Minnesota, a small town called Browerville, Brady said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. My grandparents lived there, and my grandma died of multiple sclerosis quite a few years ago. She was in a nursing home and my grandpa was a farmer; he was a dairy farmer, had a lot of cows and he farmed corn.
So every year we would go back in the summer and spend weeks. We’d go fishing in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, and milk the cows with my grandpa and just kind of tend to the farm. It was a great experience for me, [being] born in California.
Brady is set for his eighth Super Bowl when the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Pats QB played Super Bowls in Houston twice, Arizona twice, New Orleans, Jacksonville and Indianapolis.