Gruden: Swearinger's release was 'best for both parties'

Ben Krimmel
December 24, 2018 - 1:11 pm

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Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, who said he might discipline safety D.J. Swearinger for making critical comments about defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, cut the safety Monday morning. 

“We just thought it was best for both parties,” Gruden told The Washington Post.

Swearinger announced his release from the Redskins on 106.7 The Fan Monday. 

106.7 Exclusive: Swearinger breaks the news of his release

Gruden expressed his disappointment in Swearinger's critical comments Sunday.

"I’m quite disappointed, to be honest with you," Gruden said Sunday. "I think we made it pretty clear we keep our business within these walls, and we’ve had talks before about that, and unfortunately, he chose to go to the media again and talk about some of his displeasure with some of the calls.

"We had a discussion about him before and I thought we squashed it, but I guess not," Gruden said. "It’s happened with the same guy a couple times now, so it’s become redundant to me."

After Washington's defeat in Nashville, Swearinger was critical of the Redskins' defensive play calling.

“If I’m the d-coordinator, I’m calling zone every time on 3rd down every time cause you got a backup quarterback,” Swearinger said Saturday.“Make him beat us. Make him (think), 'Oh okay, it’s zone. Go here.' I’m gonna go pick you off. If it’s man, 3x1, you’re going back-side every time. A kindergarten quarterback knows that man.”

Swearinger was released the day after the Redskins were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

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