It seems D.J. Swearinger’s dig at defensive coordinator Greg Manusky came back to haunt him.
During his Monday appearance on 106.7 The Fan, the Redskins safety revealed he had been called into coach Jay Gruden’s office and informed of his release.
“I’m peaceful about it,” Swearinger said on the “Grant and Danny” segment. “I don’t regret nothing, because I know I gave 100 percent from my heart.”
The Redskins didn’t get into details when they made the annoucnement Monday, but it comes after Swearinger criticized the defensive plays Washington executed in Saturday’s 25-16 loss to the Titans.
The play that particularly upset Swearinger was after quarterback Marcus Mariota left the game with an injury and was replaced by Blaine Gabbert. The Titans were 3rd-and-7 on Washington’s 37 when Redskins cornerback Fabian Moreau was called for holding, setting Tennessee up on 1st-and-10 at the 27. Four plays later, Gabbert threw a touchdown to give the Titans the lead.
According to Swearinger, the Redskins should have been playing zone coverage, not man-to-man.
“We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback,” Swearinger said after the game. “When you go one-high on a backup quarterback, that’s easy, man. They’re going to go back side every time.
“That’s a bad call. I feel like that was a horrible call. You don’t put Fabian in that situation with a backup quarterback. . . . But I feel like, man, if we look at the quarterback, with all this talent we got in the back end, we could dominate every team every week. I’m not the (defensive) coordinator, but we didn’t make the plays. I guess we didn’t make the plays. And there’s plenty of plays out there to make.”
Swearinger also said the Redskins weren’t aggressive at all, especially when Gabbert came out and was allowed to complete 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
“I feel like with a lot of these playmakers we got on the team, I feel like you should be trying to get your players involved,” Swearinger said. “We got a lot of talent on this team. When I look at film of other teams, I always see nickels blitzing. I always see safeties blitzing. We was down and that’s the first time we sent a blitz.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t know what to say about it. But I think with the playmakers we got on defense, man, there’s no way we should’ve lost this game. I feel like we were the better team. I felt like we could have been in a better call on that third down.”
The Redskins (7-8) will host the NFC East rival Eagles (8-7) in Week 17 action to close the regular season.