- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

After a poor defensive showing in a 31-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger blasted his teammate’s practice habits.

The team leader in interceptions vented to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Monday.

“I just feel like when we’re in certain preparations — when it’s Friday, when it’s Saturday, when it’s time to lock in and really be focused in — I feel like it’s a little bit too much playing. Whether it’s on Friday or whether it’s the Saturday walk-through,” Swearinger said.

“If you’re a focused individual, every time that you step on the practice field —whether it’s a walk-through, whether it’s a real practice — any time the coach is saying something, that means business. When we have our walk-throughs on Saturdays, I feel like it’s a joke, to me—with the amount of focus that we have, with the amount of playing that we have, the amount of lack of discipline that we have on those Saturdays and Fridays, on days where I feel like we should be tuned in. That’s where those comments come in.”

The Redskins posted an uncharacteristically soft defensive performance against the Cowboys. The Redskins 7th-ranked scoring defense allowed an offense to score over 30 for only the third time this season.

“Moving forward, I’ll address those things, how I feel about that, tomorrow with the defensive guys,” Swearinger explained. “But moving forward, if we’re gonna win, man, we’ve got to be better in those situations, and it’ll show on Sunday if we are better in those situations.”


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