A trying season for the Washington Redskins has given way to in-house criticism.
Safety D.J. Swearinger had some pointed objections for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after Saturday's 25-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Among his primary complaints was the team's use of man-to-man coverage when backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert entered the game for Marcus Mariota, who left with a stinger and did not return.
"We should have blowed them out," Swearinger said, according to ESPN. "If I'm the D-coordinator, I'm calling zone every time on third down because you got a backup quarterback. Make him beat us.
"We're playing a backup quarterback. Why would you put us in man to man? We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback."
Swearinger specifically took issue with one third-down play in which cornerback Fabian Moreau was called for holding against Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor, who was isolated on the left side of the field, on what would have been an incompletion if not for the penalty.
"Man, it's three by one (receiver set). You're going backside every time," Swearinger said. "A kindergarten quarterback can know that. That's my frustration right now, dog. We played a hell of a game."
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