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Old 12-24-2018, 12:49 PM   #1
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D.J. Swearinger released

DJ Swearinger was called into Jay's office this morning and was informed that the Redskins were releasing him.

Good riddance. His public belly aching couldn't continue, and it wouldn't have been allowed on any other NFL squad.

This is a move that I am proud of Jay for making. I think it was a long time coming.
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Old 12-24-2018, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: D.J. Swearinger released

I mean the teams getting blown up in the off season anyway, no harm in starting now. Let that dead weight go.


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Old 12-24-2018, 01:07 PM   #3
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Re: D.J. Swearinger released

This move is huge...first Jonathan Allen moves into the leadership role on the defense. I think the group of Alabama players status rises on the team. I wonder is this the prequel for the coming separation of Norman from the team? Safety becomes a huge need on the team and Iíll say this in all seriousness, the guy from Alabama should be our target in the first round. Heís an insane talent...
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:13 PM   #4
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Re: D.J. Swearinger released

Good!! Donít need players with big mouths and shitty attitudes.
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:12 PM   #5
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Re: D.J. Swearinger released

This feels like getting liposuction for weight loss. I mean, yeah, you lost weight and yeah, it might have needed to happen eventually, but there is other stuff causing the problem that you should have addressed first (or at least at the same time).

Hopefully, this is followed by some additional moves in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:36 PM   #6
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This feels like getting liposuction for weight loss. I mean, yeah, you lost weight and yeah, it might have needed to happen eventually, but there is other stuff causing the problem that you should have addressed first (or at least at the same time).



Hopefully, this is followed by some additional moves in the next couple of weeks.


Agreed. DJ is not the problem. DJ helped this defense. Manusky needs to be canned. You have 4-5 starters speaking up


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Old 12-24-2018, 02:19 PM   #7
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Agreed. DJ is not the problem. DJ helped this defense. Manusky needs to be canned. You have 4-5 starters speaking up


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What it comes down to is basic insubordination. Jay met with DJ several times and told him that he was fine with his frustration and his complaining, but he asked him to keep it IN HOUSE. Even after this last time when he went bitching on twitter, etc., Jay and him had a sit down again, and Jay believed that they had reached an understanding.

You have to get rid of a guy like DJ for that behavior because if the other players see that DJ stands to face no discipline, what keeps them from doing the same thing, and / or eventually refusing to listen to instructions, etc.. Does it take turning into a situation like Portis had with Jim Zorn where he told him to "GTFO of my face" during a game?

Like someone else said, 99.9% percent of the time if you do what he did at any other job, you get fired.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:35 PM   #8
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Re: D.J. Swearinger released

I have mixed feelings in the aftermath of this cut. He has talked way more then he should have and Not that most of his statements werenít justified. But the fact that it happened now leads me to believe these Jay and/or Bruce will still be there next year. And that scares me.

Atleast if Jay stays I hope that he takes this as a wake up call. The players arenít suppose to be his friends. Heís their boss. We need leadership in the coaching staff that can demand respect instead asking for it.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:45 PM   #9
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Keim the voice of reason:

NASHVILLE -- Thoughts and observations after the Washington Redskins 25-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans:

1. The Redskins don't place enough emphasis on culture and create a situation in which a player feels comfortable ripping a defensive coordinator after a loss. Whether D.J. Swearinger is right or wrong is irrelevant here. You simply donít see this happening with good organizations. Players grumble everywhere; players criticize play-calling, etc. Itís part of the game; how many of you sometimes complain about your boss? Same deal. But youíre not going to do so in a group email, tagging your boss on it so he sees it as well.

2. I also found it telling that Jonathan Allen tweeted support of Greg Manuskyís game plan a couple hours after Swearingerís comments. Iíve said this before, but Iím not sure winning and losing matters more to anyone than to Allen. And he has a strong belief in how you go about your work. Swearinger works hard, too. Without a doubt. But they have different approaches when it comes to airing any grievances. To me it shows a tug of war inside that locker room when it comes to leadership. While it might feel good for some fans to hear Swearingerís comments because perhaps they agree with him or they're frustrated with the season, that doesnít mean itís good for the organization. Swearinger is a passionate guy and some really like him; heís not for everyone but Iím pretty sure he knows that as well. And doesnít worry about it. This isnít some media-generated controversy; Swearinger kept wanting to come back to this topic during his post-game presser. If someone had said to him, ďMerry Christmas,Ē Iím quite sure his reply would have been something like, ďGreg Manusky should receive coal and hereís why ÖĒ But with more flair.

3. One thing I will say: Whether you agree with Swearinger or not, he signed his name to the quotes. You donít always see that; in fact you rarely do. These are the ďan anonymous playerĒ quotes that often get into stories this time of the year. But Swearinger owned it and gave his name. Iíve talked to a few people in the game since Saturday who felt that was dumb and an example of why heís on his fourth team Ė and could be on his fifth next season. Teams donít like airing dirty laundry in public. Itís a bad look. But Swearinger put his name on the quote and thatís rare.

4. Coach Jay Gruden said heíll meet with Swearinger on Monday and determine if any discipline is warranted. (NOTE: For those who say the media loves this stuff, please know that I have not had a Chrismas Eve off in YEARS; now working or at least having to monitor this situation. Others have it worse with their jobs, I know. I'm respectful and appreciative for what they do. I love what I do. I also love spending time with my family. But this is about those who think drama is all we love have to realize how many extra hours it means in terms of work. Heck, there was one Christmas Eve where I sat in a pew waiting for mass to begin and was texting people about the Kyle Shanahan spat with Donovan McNabbís agent. Fun times.) The hard part is that the Redskins are late in doing anything to players. If thereís one word I hear all the time associated with this team itís this: accountability. More is needed and, if this same staff is here moving forward, they must figure out a way to have more. Actually, itís easy. The front office needs to help as well if Gruden doesnít want to be the judge and jury.

5. But the Redskins also sign guys with a history of behaving a certain way Ė and then see them do the same things here. No one should be surprised. Itís why, when constructing a roster, itís about more than talent. And when you have something special in the locker room you know it because they police themselves. Players here have confronted others and it hasnít mattered. Thatís not good culture folks.

6. Now, does Swearinger have a point? Sure. Iíve talked to others Ė non-players mostly Ė who arenít thrilled with the defense. Iím not going to tell you all the players except Swearinger like Manusky; I do know a lot like him Ė Iím talking as a coordinator. But Iíve also heard other people in the game wonder why they do play so much man with a corner such as Josh Norman, who is better in zone. Teams mix it up all the time so the Redskins do, too. But I can see Manusky being in trouble. If something happens, that would mean a fourth defensive coordinator under Jay Gruden. Thereís not a good track record in picking one so if he gets that chance heíd better damn well sure get it right. If Todd Bowles is free, give him a call. (By the way, Iím a fan of Wade Phillips but his defense is 16th in yards and 17th in points this season. They were 19th and 12th last season, respectively. He would have been the better hire several years ago, but we need to stop thinking heíd have been a miracle worker here. Rankings certainly donít reveal all, but good offenses move at will vs. them.).

7. If Iím the Redskins, the guy I want to build around on defense is Jonathan Allen. He works the way they want; cares about winning more than anyone and understands the importance of culture. Heís also a good player. Iíve said this before but when you talk to him you feel like heís a 10-year veteran. You can bet he knew exactly what he was doing when he tweeted, ďGreg manuski called a great game.Ē I believe both Swearinger and Allen want to win. Swearinger works hard without a doubt and is passionate.

8. Give the Redskinsí offensive line a lot of credit for what they did Saturday, especially inside with guards Kyle Fuller and Luke Bowanko. Fuller in particular blocked with a lot of muscle; I have not re-watched the game in its entirety yet but I did see him at times driving his man out of the way. Makes me wonder why he wasnít playing sooner. But Gruden said it after the game: This is how they envisioned playing this season, with a powerful run game. Heís not just saying it; itís something I talked to him about in the summer Ė and itís what the organization envisioned during the offseason. They felt they had the right talent to make it work, too. Injuries robbed them of doing this at a higher level all season.

9. I also canít imagine where their season would have gone had they not signed Adrian Peterson; there was reluctance to even bring him in for a workout up until Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa didnít pan out. But Petersonís determination Saturday gave Washington a chance. Iíd absolutely bring him back, especially with Derrius Guice coming off a bad knee injury and infections. Iíd make sure Iím covered just in case Guice doesnít return the same or has lingering issues. Peterson showed he can be more than an insurance policy, but I donít know if other teams will line up to sign a 34-year-old back in the offseason (he turns that age in March). And if Guice is healthy he canít be a part-time back. But find out and make sure. But Petersonís impact was big this season; his work ethic and approach are good for a young back to be around. Guice spent most of the season in Pensacola, Florida or Louisiana. If he can spend time around Peterson in the offseason it would be beneficial.

10. Now that the Redskins have been eliminated from the playoffs, they must look at what changes must be made. Weíve already discussed Manusky, so what about Gruden? I have yet to hear any real smoke regarding him being in trouble. Thatís based on conversations Iíve had, which is all I can go by. Now, owner Dan Snyder can keep things to himself -- and unless you're hearing it from him you just don't know for sure. But the feeling Iíve gotten is that heíll return. Injuries have decimated this offense; thatís not an excuse for whatís gone on, but it is reality. Look at the offensive roster and pretend this is August; what record would you predict? So if they want to justify bringing Gruden back, they can. If I had to bet now, Iíd say Bruce Allen returns as well. Is that definite? Donít know; just a sense. But the Redskins canít operate like everything is OK; itís not. They donít have a winning organization for a reason. Iíd look at everything, from the front office structure to the medical staff and everything in between. That is, if you want to build a championship team. Otherwise, status quo!

Plus 1: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Appreciate everyone reading all year and the passion that you bring. Makes what I do more relevant.
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:15 PM   #10
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Won't matter if Bruce Allen still is around.
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Won't matter if Bruce Allen still is around.
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100% agree. Making a move like this, regardless of if it is the right thing or wrong thing, indicates that most likely Jay and Bruce are both here next year.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:40 PM   #13
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100% agree. Making a move like this, regardless of if it is the right thing or wrong thing, indicates that most likely Jay and Bruce are both here next year.
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DJ is far from the problem. DJ was canned because he spoke OF the problems.


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I guess he has a history:

https://247sports.com/nfl/washington...ins-126832833/
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