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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tears Into Redskins For Releasing D.J. Swearinger

27 December 2018

Prior to his release from Washington, Swearinger voiced out his displeasure of the Redskins' defensive playcalling during the team's 25-16 road loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. "If the coaches feel I'm too smart or a weapon as far as my smarts are concerned. they've got to release the guy that has knowledge or has respect in the locker room, I guess". "I don't have a problem with his opinion, but we're not going to air that opinion outside the building".

"Well, I think if you read the articles, I think those aren't constructive", Gruden said.

It didn't find safety D.J. Swearinger a long time to get an National Football League team show interest in him after getting waived by the Washington Redskins. "I think it was a frightful call, but I feel like you don't put Fabian in that situation with a backup quarterback". I'm not the D-coordinator, but we didn't make the plays.

The play Swearinger was complaining about came with 6:53 left in the game, and Washington up, 16-12. You put the camera in my face after we lose a game that we're supposed to go the playoffs, I may say some things that I shouldn't say.

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Whether you want to argue the wisdom of playing man coverage in such a situation (in today's National Football League, zone coverage tends to lead to more breakdowns simply because there are holes in the coverage that can be exploited), Washington head coach Jay Gruden was not interested in the discussion.

"We ain't executing. We ain't getting the job done".

Swearinger had four interceptions and 10 passes defensed for the Redskins this season, both team highs, while starting all 15 games. "When I look at film on other teams, I always see nickel (defensive backs) blitzing, always see safeties blitzing".

Now, Swearinger returns to Arizona. Here, against the Texans in Week 11, he races past the "blocking attempt" of tight end Jordan Thomas (No. 83) to sack quarterback Deshaun Watson and force the fumble.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tears Into Redskins For Releasing D.J. Swearinger