Swearinger was told to stop criticizing coaches, teammates

Ben Krimmel
December 25, 2018 - 11:40 am

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Former Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger was repeatedly told to stop airting criticism of teammates and coaches.

106.7 Exclusive: Swearinger breaks the news of his release

According to USA Today NFL columnist Mike Jones, Swearinger was "instructed repeatedly" to stop with his criticism.

Following the Redskins loss in Tennessee Swearinger criticized the defensive play calling by Greg Manusky, which led to his release.

Swearinger said Washington head coach Jay Gruden referenced previous instances of the safety being called into the coach's office for improper behavior during his exclusive interview with 106.7 The Fan.

“He said this is the third time you’ve been in my office and I’m releasing you, and that was that,” Swearinger said.

Swearinger was critical of Gruden during his interview with The Fan.

"You know, it’s kind of crazy that every time a player that comes here from another team, they’re like ‘Man, this is so laid-back.’ But I guess that’s just what type of practices we have. We have laid-back practices," Swearinger said. "Every teammate (that) comes here, they ask me ‘Damn, bro, why is practice so laid-back, why are we just chillin’ out here?'"

"But I guess that’s just the formula that this team has. And it would be less of a man of me to stoop down to the mediocre when I’m not a mediocre guy. I don’t like practicing mediocre, I don’t like preparing mediocre," Swearinger said. 

“You know, Jay, he’s a players' coach. And that can go one of two ways," Swearinger said. "It can go the players love him — ‘We want to play for you’ — or it can go to a ‘Man we’re not getting enough work.’ And if we are doing the things that we do mediocre-wise or practicing light, then certain things like the playoffs are just not going to happen for certain.”

The safety also told 106.7 The Fan Gruden overruled the players' vote and did not name Swearinger a captain for the 2018 season.

Gruden told The Washington Post Swearinger's release "was best for both parties."

Some of Swearinger's former teammates expressed their support for Swearinger after his release.

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