Zach Brown says Washington doesn’t want people that hold players accountable

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After another lost season in Washington D.C., Redskins linebacker Zach Brown told the Athletic that he anticipates significant changes to the team’s locker room.

This​ locker room is going to​ be so different​ next season,” Brown said.

One key piece of Washington’s defense is already gone. Safety D.J. Swearinger was axed by the team in late December after levying public criticism of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s game plan against the Tennessee Titans. While not directly correlated, Washington would also let a handful of key business side executives go days later, including COO Brian Lafemina, whom the franchise had hired to the position just eight months earlier.

Brown said that while Swearinger didn’t go about his comments the right way, it showed he cared about the team’s performance and his passion came from the correct place.

“You can clearly see, they don’t want guys that hold players accountable,” Brown said. “If you notice, no one except one person disagreed with D.J.’s comments that players aren’t being held accountable. Should he have said it the way he did? Nah. Was he wearing people out with the way he was going about it? Hell yeah! But it’s true. I see why our organization is disrespected. They get rid of the people that actually care, and are trying to create a winning culture.”

You can take the accountability aspect all the way up to owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen as neither party made themselves available to answer questions regarding the team’s decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers after an alleged domestic violence incident in Tampa or after the team’s decision to fire their business-side personnel.

Brown also said her doesn’t believe he will be back with the team next season despite having two years remaining on the contract he signed last March. Brown lost playing time to Shaun Dion Hamilton after getting sick in December.

Washington has made the playoffs just five times since Snyder took over as team owner in 1999 and has not reached the conference championship game in that span. They haven’t advanced beyond Wild Card weekend since 2005.

20 responses to “Zach Brown says Washington doesn’t want people that hold players accountable

  1. They really seemed to be on their way early this season. A good team is supposed to compensate for injuries with smoke-and-mirrors game planning and heart. But these injuries were as severe as they come. And the victories that appeared impressive early in the season (Carolina, Green Bay) looked less impressive as the season unfolded. This team would be a challenge to evaluate stem-to-stern. They still don’t know what they really have in (even a healthy) Alex Smith. Guice has not even played a full preseason game and Peterson will be one year older next season.

    The dovisional rivals should all be stronger next season, including the Giants, who will not make the same mistakes with the upcoming offseason as they did the previous one.

  2. I think the misnomer here is that Swearinger wasn’t dumped because of the specific content of what he said. He was dumped because he repeatedly aired his dirt in the media, was warned several times to take it in house and chose not to which left the team no choice. Had he gone about things in a more professional manner and kept it in house, not creating a distraction for the team every time he opened his mouth in front of a microphone, he’d still be on the team. Saying the team doesn’t want accountability because they dumped a guy who consistently went to the media to air in house issues is taking a leap off of the jump to conclusions mat.

  3. The fish rots from the head and we all know who the head is. His initials are D.S. He is absolutely pathetic and one of the worst owners in all of sports. He is never accountable and seemingly invisible meanwhile the fans get the fallout from his incompetence. Shameful.

  4. I may not agree with everything about Zach Brown’s approach to the game, but I do respect the fact that he’s able to acknowledge Washington’s locker room problem. He made note of Swearinger’s approach being disruptive, but he also made not of the truth of what Swearinger said. Maybe it’s not the most appropriate to do it (via comments in the media), but maybe, just maybe, the increase in attention brought about by Swaeringer and Brown and others in the future could possibly motivate management to actually try and change their approach to complacency.

  5. Accountability is really to the coaches, not fellow players. Statement is sort of non-sensical. Maybe he meant that team doesn’t want players who aren’t accountable to coaches. Think DJ did this to himself, and should be happy, no?

  6. “Just” 5 times? Some teams have made it much less in that span. Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jags, Titans. Funny.

    I’m pretty sure the Titans made it 7 times in that stretch

  7. “Just” 5 times? Some teams have made it much less in that span. Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jags, Titans. Funny.

    I’m pretty sure the Titans made it 7 times in that stretch

  8. The Redskins organization is a mess from top to bottom. Snyder and his henchman Allen have driven the once proud franchise into the mud. They can’t attract top talent to the football side of the operation because of Snyder’s meddling (through Allen).

    They don’t have a GM. They’ve got a weak head coach and a bottom of the barrel defensive coordinator. The truly committed players are frustrated while the guys just working for a paycheck are happy.

    The team has no long term strategy, no direction, no identity, and no future.

  9. So last off season, Zach you were not offered a contract by ANY OTHER NFL team except the Redskins so be thankful for what you received. Then you loose your starting job to a rookie because you can’t cover a one legged donkey on 3rd down. So yeah, when you got benched you were being held accountable for your play. Any other players that want to join DJ please raise your hand now because we all realize that you are the smartest man in the room and deserve to be playing for the Cardinals.
    #ZachBrown=Clown
    #HTTR
    #FireBruceAllen

  10. “Just” 5 times? Some teams have made it much less in that span. Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jags, Titans. Funny.”

    What is truly funny is that even diehard Skins fans are willing to accept comparisons to the Browns and Dolphins. LOL

  11. skinsdiehard says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:13 am
    “Just” 5 times? Some teams have made it much less in that span. Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jags, Titans. Funny.
    ——–
    What’s funny is you’re comparing your team to teams that have 0 Super Bowls since 1974. Don’t forget your team used to be the envy of teams when Jack Kent Cooke was the owner.

  12. dcbilly says:
    January 4, 2019 at 6:25 am
    Accountability is really to the coaches, not fellow players. Statement is sort of non-sensical. Maybe he meant that team doesn’t want players who aren’t accountable to coaches. Think DJ did this to himself, and should be happy, no?
    ——–
    There’s a championship teams in every professional sport that would disagree with your assessment. Players absolutely need to be accountable to one another to be successful. You may not like them but the Eagles had that in spades last year during their championship run.

  13. Perhaps this jerk is correct.

    Had the Washington football team wanted accountability for players, Swearinger would have been fired last year because he played dirty, collected 15 yard penalties like postage stamps, and the entire offensive line can’t run or pass block, and the Alabama blubber gang can’t stop the rush despite their wasted first round draft picks.

    Brown is part of the problem – time for him to be fired.

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