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Eric Washington
Defensive Line
College:
Grambling State
Experience:
7

Bio

COACHING
Eric Washington is in his fourth season as Carolina's defensive line coach in 2014. He has a history of developing players on the professional and college levels and brings abundant experience to the position.

In 2013, Washington's defensive line helped the Panthers rank second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense as 40 of the team's NFL-leading 60 sacks came from defensive linemen. Carolina recorded six or more sacks in four games, including a franchise-record nine at Atlanta (12/29/13).

Under Washington's guidance, defensive ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson have evolved into one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL. Hardy tied a team record with 15 sacks in 2013 to earn his first Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro honors, while Johnson notched 11 sacks to become the first player in team history with at least nine sacks in four consecutive seasons. From 2012-13, Hardy and Johnson combined for 49.5 sacks, tied for the most in the NFL, and were the only pair of teammates in the league with double-digit sacks in each of those two years.

Additionally, Washington has been instrumental in the development of the Panthers' first two 2013 draft choices, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Lotulelei, the 14th overall selection, and Short, the 44th overall selection, both earned all-rookie honors.

Washington's defensive line in 2012 helped the Panthers rank 10th in the NFL in total defense as 37 of their 39 sacks came from the defensive line. Carolina finished the season ninth in the league in sacks per pass play at 6.6 percent and tallied six or more sacks in three games.

That season, Johnson and Hardy became the first Panthers tandem to record double-digit sacks since 2002. Johnson led the team and ranked sixth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks in addition to forcing seven fumbles, the second most in the league. Hardy posted 11 sacks, bettering the seven he totaled in his first two seasons (2010-11) combined. Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards provided push from the inside, registering a career-high six sacks after notching just 5.5 in his previous eight seasons.

In 2011, Washington was charged with mentoring a young group that started three different rookies at defensive tackle. The unit, led by Johnson, produced 25.5 of the team's 31 sacks. Johnson paced the Panthers with nine sacks, while second-year player Hardy tied for second with four sacks.

Washington joined Carolina after spending 2008-10 with the Chicago Bears. Elevated to defensive line coach in 2010, Washington presided over a group that accounted for 25 of the team's 34 sacks and helped the Bears rank ninth in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and fourth in scoring defense. Along the defensive line, he coached Pro Bowler Julius Peppers and end Israel Idonije, who tied for the team lead with eight sacks each.

Washington worked the previous two seasons as Chicago's defensive assistant/assistant defensive line coach. He gained his first professional coaching experience by twice participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program, assisting with the Bears defensive line during training camp in 2005 and aiding the Atlanta Falcons linebackers during training camp in 2004.

From 2004-07, Washington served as the defensive line coach at Northwestern. With the Wildcats, he coached several pro prospects. End Luis Castillo was selected in the first round by the San Diego Chargers in 2005, and tackle Barry Cofield was chosen in the fourth round by the New York Giants in 2006. Washington also tutored end Corey Wootton, who garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition as a freshman and was drafted in the fourth round by the Bears in 2010.

Before his arrival at Northwestern, Washington oversaw the defensive line and kickoff coverage team at Ohio for three seasons from 2001-03. He began his college coaching career at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant in 1997.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Washington played tight end at Grambling State from 1989-90 for legendary head coach Eddie Robinson and earned a bachelor of science degree from Grambling State in 1993. Commissioned as a Naval Reserve Officer in 1998, Washington was assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., where he served as the defensive coordinator of the football team for three years.

HISTORY
Tight end: Grambling State 1989-90. College coach: Texas A&M 1997, Ohio 2001-03, Northwestern 2004-07. Pro coach: Chicago Bears 2008-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
Eric Washington is in his fourth season as Carolina's defensive line coach in 2014. He has a history of developing players on the professional and college levels and brings abundant experience to the position.

In 2013, Washington's defensive line helped the Panthers rank second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense as 40 of the team's NFL-leading 60 sacks came from defensive linemen. Carolina recorded six or more sacks in four games, including a franchise-record nine at Atlanta (12/29/13).

Under Washington's guidance, defensive ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson have evolved into one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL. Hardy tied a team record with 15 sacks in 2013 to earn his first Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro honors, while Johnson notched 11 sacks to become the first player in team history with at least nine sacks in four consecutive seasons. From 2012-13, Hardy and Johnson combined for 49.5 sacks, tied for the most in the NFL, and were the only pair of teammates in the league with double-digit sacks in each of those two years.

Additionally, Washington has been instrumental in the development of the Panthers' first two 2013 draft choices, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Lotulelei, the 14th overall selection, and Short, the 44th overall selection, both earned all-rookie honors.

Washington's defensive line in 2012 helped the Panthers rank 10th in the NFL in total defense as 37 of their 39 sacks came from the defensive line. Carolina finished the season ninth in the league in sacks per pass play at 6.6 percent and tallied six or more sacks in three games.

That season, Johnson and Hardy became the first Panthers tandem to record double-digit sacks since 2002. Johnson led the team and ranked sixth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks in addition to forcing seven fumbles, the second most in the league. Hardy posted 11 sacks, bettering the seven he totaled in his first two seasons (2010-11) combined. Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards provided push from the inside, registering a career-high six sacks after notching just 5.5 in his previous eight seasons.

In 2011, Washington was charged with mentoring a young group that started three different rookies at defensive tackle. The unit, led by Johnson, produced 25.5 of the team's 31 sacks. Johnson paced the Panthers with nine sacks, while second-year player Hardy tied for second with four sacks.

Washington joined Carolina after spending 2008-10 with the Chicago Bears. Elevated to defensive line coach in 2010, Washington presided over a group that accounted for 25 of the team's 34 sacks and helped the Bears rank ninth in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and fourth in scoring defense. Along the defensive line, he coached Pro Bowler Julius Peppers and end Israel Idonije, who tied for the team lead with eight sacks each.

Washington worked the previous two seasons as Chicago's defensive assistant/assistant defensive line coach. He gained his first professional coaching experience by twice participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program, assisting with the Bears defensive line during training camp in 2005 and aiding the Atlanta Falcons linebackers during training camp in 2004.

From 2004-07, Washington served as the defensive line coach at Northwestern. With the Wildcats, he coached several pro prospects. End Luis Castillo was selected in the first round by the San Diego Chargers in 2005, and tackle Barry Cofield was chosen in the fourth round by the New York Giants in 2006. Washington also tutored end Corey Wootton, who garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition as a freshman and was drafted in the fourth round by the Bears in 2010.

Before his arrival at Northwestern, Washington oversaw the defensive line and kickoff coverage team at Ohio for three seasons from 2001-03. He began his college coaching career at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant in 1997.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Washington played tight end at Grambling State from 1989-90 for legendary head coach Eddie Robinson and earned a bachelor of science degree from Grambling State in 1993. Commissioned as a Naval Reserve Officer in 1998, Washington was assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., where he served as the defensive coordinator of the football team for three years.

HISTORY
Tight end: Grambling State 1989-90. College coach: Texas A&M 1997, Ohio 2001-03, Northwestern 2004-07. Pro coach: Chicago Bears 2008-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

 

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