TEMPE, Ariz. — On his first day of his second stint with the Arizona Cardinals, security D.J. Swearinger mentioned he realized his lesson about criticizing coaches, which price him his job in Washington.
Swearinger was reduce Monday by the Washington Redskins, two days after voicing his displeasure with Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s recreation plan towards the Tennessee Titans on Saturday after back-up quarterback Blaine Gabbert changed starter Marcus Mariota.
“[I] perceive it wasn’t my position to name out the defensive coaches regardless that we had a relationship,” Swearinger mentioned. “Me and the coaches, we had a very good relationship. , I am going to hold my mouth shut subsequent time and simply hold [my head down] and play soccer and do what I have to do on the sector and let my previous do the speaking.”
Swearinger mentioned he did not assume his feedback would end in him dropping his job. At most, he anticipated some form of self-discipline.
“Positively did not assume it might price my job figuring out that me and the coach had an understanding however it’s what it’s,” Swearinger mentioned. “The whole lot occurred for a motive. I am pleased it occurred and able to transfer ahead.”
The Cardinals have claimed former Washington security D.J. Swearinger off waivers, bringing again the veteran for his second stint in Arizona.
The Cardinals claimed Swearinger on Tuesday with the primary waiver decide. Swearinger performed for the Cardinals in late 2015 and 2016. He was signed to the Playing cards’ follow squad on Dec. 2, 2015, and per week later was promoted to the energetic roster. In 2016, taking part in on a $1.671 million tender, Swearinger turned in one in every of his greatest NFL seasons with 65 tackles, two sacks and a then-career-high three interceptions. He signed a three-year take care of Washington price $13.5 million with $9 million in assured cash in 2017 and was named a Professional Bowl alternate this yr.
Regardless of saying he was pleased to be again in Arizona whereas including it felt “bizarre,” Swearinger mentioned Christmas was robust.
“It has been a rocky Christmas for me and my household,” he mentioned. “The final two days have been up within the air, so to say, nevertheless it’s a blessing that I am again in Arizona and able to get began, man.”
Swearinger mentioned he wants to manage himself higher when he will get emotional after video games.
“I am a really passionate participant. I put my coronary heart on this recreation. You place the digital camera in my face after we lose a recreation that we’re alleged to go the playoffs, I’ll say some issues that I should not say. That is on me. I bought to manage me and be higher at that. However I reside and be taught and I hold shifting ahead. That is life.”
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks, who did not know Swearinger personally earlier than Arizona claimed him, mentioned he is been impressed along with his play and his vitality from afar. Wilks is not certain if Swearinger will play on protection Sunday towards the Seattle Seahawks, however added Swearinger might get snaps on particular groups.
As of Wednesday afternoon, nevertheless, Wilks had but to speak to Swearinger about his opinionated persona. However Wilks added that after they do discuss, he’ll make it clear to Swearinger that he would not thoughts gamers having opinions on teaching however he’ll additionally inform Swearinger how he expects the protection to deal with these feelings in Arizona.
“I do not stand in entrance of you guys and throw coaches or gamers beneath the bus, however greatest consider it will get addressed and he would perceive the identical factor,” Wilks mentioned. “I haven’t got an issue along with his opinion, however we’re not going to air that opinion exterior the constructing. He would shortly perceive that and if he has a problem, that is the place that accountability is available in, gamers and coaches.”