Swearinger criticized defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for not playing more zone against Tennessee quarterback Blaine Gabbert during Saturday's loss. Swearinger said he asked Gruden why he was released, and the coach didn't give him an answer.
In all likelihood, former Washington safety D.J. Swearinger is a high-maintenance guy. That's on me. I've got to control that and get better at that, but like I said, live and learn and keep moving forward.
Swearinger acknowledged he's emotional and that controlling himself is hard in the minutes after the game.
After the Redskins cut him, he said he'd wear his college football helmet - he attended the University of SC - if he plays in the Pro Bowl.
Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) celebrates after a failed fourth down conversion by the Carolina Panthers in the final minute of the fourth quarter at FedEx Field.
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Swearinger was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate this season with Washington after making a team-leading four interceptions to go along with 64 tackles (52 solo), two sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 14 passes defenced while starting all 15 games.
"I'm not giving excuses on my play, I've missed a few tackles, but I feel like with a lot of these playmakers we got on the team, you should try to get your players involved", Swearinger said. But I definitely didn't think it would cost me my job, knowing that me and the coach had an understanding.
But as it stands, he's keeping himself out of the discussion regarding potential coaching staff changes. "That's another frustration that comes from me, when we don't win". Arizona plays at Seattle on Sunday.
"I can only control what I can control", he said. If I play on Sunday, I'll be more than ready to play. But Wilks, who had yet to sit down wtih Swearinger, added that the reason the safety was released from Washington wouldn't be tolerated. And a day later, on Christmas, the Arizona Cardinals picked up the safety off waivers. He's the seventh offensive lineman placed on IR by Arizona this season.