NASHVILLE TN - NOVEMBER 21: Jason Babin #93 of the Tennessee Titans sacks quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins during the first half at LP Field on November 21 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Jason Babin is awesome. I had his email from an earlier attempt to do an interview that never really worked out, so tonight when I heard the news about Jeff Fisher I shot him an email asking if he would do an interview. I didn't expect him to respond since he is Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, but he sent me an email telling me to call him. He had just gotten back from a tour of the USS Chung-Hoon.
Where were you when you heard the news?
Getting ready to go on this tour. I was like hey guys, is it true, is it real? We looked it up online here in the lobby, trying to find out what the deal was. We are kind of cut off from the rest of the world here. We couldn't get any closure on the story.
What was you reaction when you found it was true?
I was in shock- wondering what is going on here. I thought every thing was squared away. Looking for a D coordinator. Now we are looking for a head coach, a D coordinator and a D line coach.
The crazy thing is Babin was actually asking me about the details because he hadn't been able to get much information about it.
It has been a crazy offseason so far losing your poisition coach, your coordinator and now your head coach. Make is tough, doesn't it?
Exactly. I think the biggest thing for us is what is going to happen here. I am assuming everything is official here with Jeff leaving. I still don't know why or how come.
Babin went on to say that things are especially tough for him because he is a free agent so there are a lot of moving parts.
I then asked him if he liked playing for Fisher
Yeah. When I first went in his office in free agency, we talked briefly about football, but he knew my resume at that point. We put our boots up on the table and talked about hunting and fishing.
I asked him about being a free agent, and if he could negotiate with the Titans even with the uncertainty with the CBA:
Yeah. I am a free agent, but they have exclusive rights if they want to give me a new contract. They haven't wanted to discuss it. No, my agent said we are not going to knock on the door trying. If you guys want to do a deal let's do a deal. We don't want to wait until 11:59 PM March 4th and them be like "Here's a deal." If you like me, and you like my services let's get a deal done.
I asked him if he was enjoying the whole Pro Bowl experience in Hawaii:
Oh yeah. The boys (his kids) are wearing me out- at the pool, at the beach, at the pool, at the beach..I think tomorrow we are doing surfing lessons on the North Shore. It's a good vacation.
Thanks again to Jason for agreeing to do this.
Babin is very active on Twitter. You should follow him @JasonBabin93.