Jay Gruden on D.J. Swearinger release: We can’t afford to have that

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Safety D.J. Swearinger moved to Arizona via a waiver claim on Christmas Day and Washington head coach Jay Gruden expanded on the decision to part ways with the outspoken veteran at his Wednesday press conference.

Gruden pointed to “repeated offenses” from Swearinger sharing negative views about the organization to the media as the impetus for a “group decision” to cut Swearinger. Swearinger said that Washington coaches balked at his suggestions for ways to improve the defense and Gruden said it’s fine to have those things in-house, but made it clear that airing the laundry outside the organization went too far.

Gruden also said he deserved some of the blame for not making it clear enough to Swearinger that he could not continue on the same path.

“We’ve had discussions before in the past, obviously. It’s my fault,” Gruden said. “Ultimately, it’s my fault. Obviously, I didn’t make it clear to certain people that we don’t talk about our business to the media, and for me to allow that to creep in is ultimately my fault. D.J. did some great things here without a doubt, we wish him nothing but the best. But at the end of the day, that’s something that this franchise or any franchise to my mind can’t afford to have, so we moved on.”

Gruden said he understood that some players are close to Swearinger and are unhappy about the decision to move on without him, but stressed that “when you work for a company or a team, it’s best that you try to be positive with your remarks.”

17 responses to “Jay Gruden on D.J. Swearinger release: We can’t afford to have that

  1. Hats off to Gruden for constantly being a man and accepting the blame. Say what you want about Jay, but leading into this season, he was lauded for bringing some stability to the organization. What more can he do about the 42 players sent to IR over the past two seasons? Not much if you ask me.

  2. Coach: My ego is so fragile that I can’t have a player (correctly) identify mistakes my coaching staff made, so I cut a pro-bowl safety off one of the worst rosters in the NFC.

  3. Also, this coach is a giant hypocrite.

    “We had to get rid of the player who talked about internal team things outside the team,” he said during an interview with the media.

    Apparently, the coach is allowed to talk out of school…but not anyone else. That’s why he’s a garbage coach.

  4. I feel bad for Jay. Not that I think he’s a great coach, but he comes across as very a likable guy. Way more honest than his brother. With any kind of roster stability, he might be able to succeed.
    If Gruden gets any blame for the collapse, he deserves a lot of credit for getting them to 6-3 in the first place. They were overachieving.

  5. I don’t think Jay Gruden is as terrible as some say.
    Considering who he works for and with I actually consider him close to remarkable.

  6. I’ve been a redskin fan for 50 yrs. never have I seen a team in such disarray. The management of the redskins is a good part of blame . The players are just frustrated with play calling. Head coach should let the offensive coordinator handle the plays. Gruden is way too predictable in his calling . New head coach would be a good place to start.
    Right now I don’t see skins having serious runs at playoffs for a long time

  7. Jay Gruden is not a leader. A leader would have warned Swearinger the first time that any future comments of that sort to the press would lead to a benching. Then if Swearinger made those types of comments, he should have been benched.

    Only a weakling gives a series of warnings without any consequences in between, but then when the going gets tough, fires the guy.

    Swearinger should have been inactive for the last game and told the next incident would lead to his release. That’s how a leader would have handled it.

    The whole Redskins organization is dumpster fire, top to bottom.

  8. they’re cool with the woman beater and the repeated drunk driver, but call out the crappy coaching and you’re released.

  9. If Jay Gruden told him explicitly that going to the media was a no-no and he kept doing it then I have no problem with them cutting him. You can’t have a guy who is doing things contrary to the coach’s requests and detrimental to the team. The only thing going to the media did was get his name in the spotlight and acting like he knew more than the coaches. Whether he had a valid point or not, it’s a no-no to go to the media like he did. Probably the vast majority of us would be fired if we told our employer how to run his business and bad-mouthed him/her all the time.

  10. Poor leadership has plagued this franchise for decades. It might be at it’s lowest point with Gruden at the helm. That’s what you get for hiring an arena league head coach.

  11. Was very disappointed when he was cut, not so much now after hearing why. He was repeatedly counseled by leadership to stop undermining his teammates and coaches in the press, but kept at it anyway (with this last offense being the most egregious to date), and so he simply has to go.

    Now have to figure a way to convince DannyBoy – who is unfortunately an irreplaceable NFL laughing stock – that GM Allen is a very replaceable NFL laughing stock.

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