Swearinger didn’t think comments would cost him his job

Ben Krimmel
December 28, 2018 - 1:10 pm
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Former Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger admitted he did not think his critical comments about defensive coordinator Greg Manusky would lead to his release.

“I definitely didn’t think it would cost me my job,” Swearinger said this week. “If anything, I thought they might discipline me. But I definitely didn’t think it would cost me my job, knowing that me and the coach had an understanding. But it is what it is, everything happens for a reason and I’m happy it happened and I’m ready to move forward.”

Mansuky spoke to the media Thursday and said, "I can't do anything about it. It's what he said."

Swearinger, who announced his release from the Redskins on 106.7 The Fan Monday, was claimed by the Arizona Cardinals the next day. 

“It’s been a rocky Christmas for me and my family,” Swearinger said.

"I had a lot of family come in, and it messed that up a little bit," Swearinger told The Athletic. "I did get to open gifts with my kids, and that was sort of the main thing. I did get to do that early, but I had to leave right after. It affected my family, but we can pretty much get through anything."

In an interview with The Athletic, the veteran safety agreed with former Redskin Bashaud Breeland, who called the organization self-destructive.

"Everybody could have told you in that organization that Bree thought he should have stayed," he said. "There was nothing wrong with Bree. I guess it was something with the organization that they would always play with Bree, whether it was the coaches or how they were playing with him. Like he said, it kind of messed his mind up for a certain little bit and he couldn’t play the way he wanted to play because of what that organization does to you."

Breeland tweeted: "The new scapegoat welcome to club my boy" after Swearinger's release. 

Swearinger said he experienced something similar.

"I went through sort of the same thing but on a mild level. It wasn’t magnified with me. Like I said, it was kind of shocking that I got released, but at the same time, the buildup of it, I can kind of see what he’s saying about that. It is what it is," Swearinger told The Athletic.

But he has no regrets about his time in D.C.

"I had my best years in Washington," Swearinger said. "I was named a captain my first year there. Had two of my best years — eight picks in two years. Made a lot of good friendships, it was a pleasure playing with DeAngelo Hall, Alex Smith, Adrian Peterson."

"It was a pleasure being there and good experience for me," he said. "I don’t regret it at all, I’m just ready to keep this journey going."

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