D.J. Swearinger thinks there’s too much joking around at practice in Washington

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Washington safety D.J. Swearinger was in a foul mood after Monday night’s loss in New Orleans, and he suggested that there’s a problem with his team’s culture.

Swearinger said after the game that he wants to see a better commitment to winning than he’s seen so far.

“That’s been the history of the Redskins,” he said, via Richmond.com. “I’ve been preaching, trying to change the culture. But it takes all 53 players with the same mindset. Not only the 53, but all of us in this together. Coaches and players have to have the same mindset that we’ve got a championship team. We go to practice, there shouldn’t be any [freaking] joking around. Shouldn’t be any more joking around from nobody. We got blew out. Shouldn’t have any more playing or joking around. When it comes to work tomorrow, we need to be all business.”

Swearinger is in his second season in Washington after previously playing in Houston, Tampa Bay and Arizona. That Swearinger isn’t seeing the kind of work ethic he wants to see is not a good reflection on the way they’re doing business in Washington.

37 responses to “D.J. Swearinger thinks there’s too much joking around at practice in Washington

  1. That’s the problem with a lot of these coaches like Gruden, Pederson and Carroll. They want to be your best friend and coach at the same time. Belichick, on the other hand, does not want to be your friend. He wants you to do your job. And that’s why NE wins.

  2. “tb12greatest says:
    October 9, 2018 at 9:39 am

    That’s the problem with a lot of these coaches like Gruden, Pederson and Carroll. They want to be your best friend and coach at the same time. Belichick, on the other hand, does not want to be your friend. He wants you to do your job. And that’s why NE wins.”

    Actually, NE wins because of Tom Brady. There’s nothing magical about having a tough coach. Just ask any 49ers fans who watched the short lived Mike Singletary era, or any Lions fans who watched the short lived Jim Schwartz era, or any Jets fans who watched the Rex Ryan era, or any fan of any team that’s ever been coached by Gregg Williams. There are plenty of lousy “tough” coaches. There aren’t many all-world QBs.

  3. tb12greatest says:
    October 9, 2018 at 9:39 am
    That’s the problem with a lot of these coaches like Gruden, Pederson and Carroll. They want to be your best friend and coach at the same time. Belichick, on the other hand, does not want to be your friend. He wants you to do your job. And that’s why NE wins.
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    As usual The Cheating Chowds troll and try to make every story about them and their #*cheatingteam

  4. This is squarely on Gruden. Redskin fans have zero idea what team will show up each week. No consistency at all. Well, maybe consistent mediocrity.
    Also, Norman should keep his yap closed and concentrate on football…. not twitter or whatever childish social media crap. Freakin drama queen.

  5. D.J. You shoulda known that the clownshow would comtinue. Theres a reason why joe gibbs came in then left to go back to nascar.

  6. Don’t tell Lane Johnson. He’d rather goof off and have fun and win 1 super bowl, than work hard and win 5.

    Colin Cowherd had a hilarious take the other day.

  7. This isn’t directly Snyder’s fault. It is the Jay Gruden method of coaching.

    Too soft, too casual, and no repercussions for poor play. If you are one of his “guys” you keep your starting job no matter how pathetic you are.

  8. scutz1972 says:
    October 9, 2018 at 9:59 am
    Don’t tell Lane Johnson. He’d rather goof off and have fun and win 1 super bowl, than work hard and win 5.

    Colin Cowherd had a hilarious take the other day.

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    Bout time something was said. Although Cowher, since moving to Fox, has taken the opposite takes on the Pats for $$, until recently when he’s been forced to backpedal from his early season anti-BB trollwork.

  9. “tb12greatest says:
    October 9, 2018 at 9:39 am
    That’s the problem with a lot of these coaches like Gruden, Pederson and Carroll. They want to be your best friend and coach at the same time. Belichick, on the other hand, does not want to be your friend. He wants you to do your job. And that’s why NE wins.”

    Tom Coughlin didn’t want to be your friend and he got let go from the Giants. Chuck Noll didn’t want to be friends with anyone and he had a number of unsuccessful years. Belicheck didn’t want to be anyone’s friend in Cleveland and that worked out so well.
    Coaching style, players, front office and any other myriad of considerations go into being a successful HC. Some in your control and some not so much. There isn’t one type of successful coaching style as different coaches have had success any number of different ways depending on the other variables.

  10. You can’t be serious coming into this season and Jay Gruden is still the coach….they have a very good team and I still think they can win the division but a good coach and this team is fighting to get into the SB….

  11. Bruce Allen. 3 years ago they could have signed Cousins to a multi-year deal at $19m per. But he didn’t like Kirk and insisted on disrespecting him by calling him Kurt. Then he fires the GM and leaks stories about him being drunk all the time (even though they were fully aware he hadn’t quit drinking when they hired him). The team’s record under him is horrible. Why is he still there?

  12. This coming from a guy that can’t seem to stick on a team?

    “Swearinger is in his second season in Washington after previously playing in Houston, Tampa Bay and Arizona”

    I guess one could say if he’d play a little better, teams would keep him. I think it would have better for him to express inner desire for change in himself rather than calling out his entire team. Sure he’s not a locker room favorite at the moment.

  13. I’m not going to look too deep into last night’s game because it was an obvious game where the league wanted a certain outcome. It was the Drew Brees show even before the game started and there was no way last night wasn’t going to be about the greatness of Brees. The Redskins were just unfortunate to be scheduled at a time to be the sacrificial lamb for that night.

    That said, this team desperately needs a disciplinarian head coach. The last one they had was Marty Schottenheimer. Unfortunately, Snyder and Allen probably don’t want to hire a tough nosed coach because they can’t be controlled so easily.

  14. Wasn’t Swearinger talking all week about preventing the record? And then it’s him who goes flying out of bounds on a missed tackle to give up the last 35 yards on the record breaking catch. Right.

    I’m done watching this team. I’ll follow by box scores and news for now, maybe tune back in if they have a meaningful December game. Big if.

  15. Wasnt it Swearinger who was talking junk to Deandre Hopkins on hard knocks and got his ankles broken? (literally)

    Wasnt it Swearinger who was swinging at Terelle Pryor in the preseason?

    Maybe he needs to reevaluate his example of being focused to his younger teammates.

  16. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, despite being concerned over our rough start, remains eternally grateful that he was not born a supporter of the Washington football team.

    Washington was once a highly respected rival. Your current owner has cheapened the product on the field and the fan experience off of it to such an extent that you have my sympathy.

    That is all.

  17. He was basically run out of town in Houston, and I think Tampa as well. Considers himself a bad dude and takes a lot of cheap shots, injured a few players while in Houston. Not the sharpest pencil in the box off the field, either.
    Guess that’s what passes for leadership0 in DC these days.

  18. Let’s get one thing straight. Dan Snyder does not play football, he doesn’t coach football either. I get the fact that for about 16 years or so he was playing fantasy football by signing has beens for $$$, but at the end of the day, he has nothing to do with the wins an losses. Also, he wants to win as you can see by all the $$$ spent to bring in players.

    Gruden is a bad play caller, and the Redskins came out flat after having 2 weeks to prepare. The simple fact is, Gruden needs to be fired and we need to get someone in here that can make halftime adjustments and get the most out of the players we have. And that IS Synder’s job.

  19. Kind of hard no to joke around practice when the NFL is a joke. Limited amount of time at practice, limited amount of full contact days at practice, limited amount of contact during the games, etc.

  20. jman967 says:
    October 9, 2018 at 10:23 am
    “tb12greatest says:
    October 9, 2018 at 9:39 am
    That’s the problem with a lot of these coaches like Gruden, Pederson and Carroll. They want to be your best friend and coach at the same time. Belichick, on the other hand, does not want to be your friend. He wants you to do your job. And that’s why NE wins.”

    Tom Coughlin didn’t want to be your friend and he got let go from the Giants. Chuck Noll didn’t want to be friends with anyone and he had a number of unsuccessful years. Belicheck didn’t want to be anyone’s friend in Cleveland and that worked out so well.
    Coaching style, players, front office and any other myriad of considerations go into being a successful HC. Some in your control and some not so much. There isn’t one type of successful coaching style as different coaches have had success any number of different ways depending on the other variables.
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    Nothing lasts forever. But the dynasties of the NFL (Steelers, Pats, Packers, Cowboys, 49ers) all had a coach that were tough on their players. They demanded excellence. And yeah, most times players are going to hate it. They’ll hate their coach 364 days of the year and on the 365th day they collect their super bowl rings.

    Coughlin got 2 rings out of that crummy Giants franchise. Soft coaches at most get 1 ring (Pederson, Carroll, etc).

  21. Actually, NE wins because of Tom Brady. There’s nothing magical about having a tough coach.
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    BB isn’t a “tough coach.” BB is a SMART coach. Players actually love playing for BB. BB just doesn’t broadcast that he’s a players coach. BB keeps that inside the looker room where it belongs. He’s been coaching in the NFL since 1975 and there’s Zero ex BB players in the line to rip BB. Why? Because he’s respected and smart.

    Tough and discipline are two entirely different things.

  22. That’s the problem with a lot of these coaches like Gruden, Pederson and Carroll. They want to be your best friend and coach at the same time. Belichick, on the other hand, does not want to be your friend. He wants you to do your job. And that’s why NE wins.
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    Maybe since 2 of the first three you mentioned have recent super bowl rings, they don’t deserve to be lumped in with a guy who has barely sniffed the playoffs his entire tenure.

  23. hailtothenamechange says:
    October 9, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Wasn’t Swearinger talking all week about preventing the record? And then it’s him who goes flying out of bounds on a missed tackle to give up the last 35 yards on the record breaking catch. Right.

    I’m done watching this team. I’ll follow by box scores and news for now, maybe tune back in if they have a meaningful December game. Big if.
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    Just for correct info’s sake…no it wasnt Swearinger on that play. It was Josh Norman who blew the coverage initially and it was Montae Nicholson(#35) that tried and missed the 2nd time and flew out of bounds.

  24. I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not … Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game, but we’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? … And we talking about practice. I know I supposed to be there. I know I’m supposed to lead by example… I know that… And I’m not.. I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do… But we’re talking about practice man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man. We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man. When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you see me play don’t you? You’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, right? But we’re talking about practice right now.

  25. BTW, Monday was officially “Columbus Day”. Atlanta and Cleveland were eliminated from the MLB playoffs. And you saw what happened in New Orleans.

    Call it “Mascot Karma”.

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