Manning was 'disrespectful,' so Swearinger punished him with another INT

Chris Lingebach
October 29, 2018 - 2:33 pm
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D.J. Swearinger says Eli Manning was "disrespectful" for throwing a third-quarter pass that resulted in the Redskins safety's second interception on the day.

“I want to go to the other interception, though,” Grant Paulsen told Swearinger on 106.7 The Fan. “I don’t know what Eli Manning was doing on that play. I don’t think you do, either.”

“Yeah, I think he was being disrespectful," Swearinger said.

“Was he disrespectful to you, or to his fan base, or, who,” Paulsen asked.

“Yeah. He was very disrespectful to me to just throw that ball up there like that,” Swearinger said. “Like he didn't watch film last week.”

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Asked if he thought about fair-catching the duck from Manning, Swearinger said, “I was trying to figure out if I was going to go up and get it. But I’m like, man, I’m not even going to waste my time. I’m gonna just catch this like a punt.”

Swearinger says that might be the easiest interception he’s ever made.

“Most definitely. Even though it was a sideline play,” Swearinger said. “You know, a lot of safeties don’t make that play, because I was about 35 yards deep. A lot of safeties wouldn’t be that deep. And he threw it a long way, so it was kind of an easy play; it was kind of a smart play, I would say.”

The disrespect didn't end there. As a matter of fact, it started earlier in the week, when Pro Football Focus, in grading Swearinger the top safety in the NFL, chose to highlight Green Bay’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix among the top-five safeties with its photo selection.

“They posted his picture instead of yours,” Paulsen noted. “You didn’t take very well to that, did you?”

“Nah, not at all. Not at all, man,” Swearinger said. “Because every week, I see it. Every week they have the top guy in. No matter what position it is, they always have the top guy’s picture. And that’s just a full sign of disrespect. It’s nothing more, nothing less about that.

“When you have somebody’s picture up there for eight weeks straight, but then finally when Mr. 2spoonz is the number one guy, you put the number two guy up. Man, that’s totally disrespect.” “And I told them about it,” he said. “And I just wanted to make them know that I would make them feel me the next game and for the rest of the year.”

Swearinger again was back in the top spot this week, and PFF went out of its way to make amends.

Asked on 106.7 if that makes up for the disrespect, Swearinger assured “it doesn’t make up for it at all. AT ALL.”

“Yeah, not at all, man. It’s just like don’t play cry-wolf with me,” he said. “Just be 100. Keep it all the way real.”

The disrespect carried into Sunday, when Vegas had the (then 1-6) Giants favored over the 4-2 Redskins. Asked if he treated that as disrespect, Swearinger informed the hosts he used that as motivation, personally and for the team.

“Of course. Of course. I told my guys on Wednesday they still got us 58 percent chance losing,” he said. “Like, they’re disrespecting us to a team that’s 1-7.

“Like I told them, we have no respect no matter what we do. Until we win around here, we won’t get the respect. So I just told those guys we’re all we got, we’re all we need. It’s us against the world. We took that to heart and we came out and showed it."

Swearinger is making a strong case for his first All-Pro season. After just seven games, the 27-year-old has 32 combined tackles, four interceptions, seven pass deflections, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and one sack. Swearinger’s first interception Sunday came with a 7-0 Redskins lead in the second quarter, and the Giants in the red zone, threatening.

“I knew in the red zone that they probably would try to get the ball to Beckham,” he explained. “They ran the Steeler concept a lot – that’s what we call it, the route that he ran. It’s called Steeler 7. That’s when both wide receivers just slide in. The outside guy runs the in route and the tight end runs it outside 7-route. That was one of their favorite concepts.”

“I just showed like I was in man (coverage),” he said. “They thought I was in man. I just showed on the tight end, like I was in man, so he would think we had man, he would think he had that throw, and I just came off on it a little early and just made a good play.”

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