Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger runs onto the field prior to an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)


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Washington Redskins free security D.J. Swearinger runs onto the sphere previous to an NFL soccer recreation in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Picture/Mark Tenally)

The Red Tea Detox

Washington Redskins security D.J. Swearinger is within the midst of 1 hell of a revenge tour, securing wins in opposition to two former groups in Arizona and Tampa Bay. However the red-white-and-blue whale nonetheless lurks on the market for Swearinger, and this weekend, he’ll get his probability for a little bit of payback in opposition to the staff he says did him flawed: the Houston Texans.

‘They actually mentioned that about me?’

“Houston bashed my title fairly unhealthy,” Swearinger mentioned lately, per ESPN. A second-round choose in 2013, Swearinger performed one season beneath then-head coach Gary Kubiak. When present Texans head coach Invoice O’Brien arrived, issues turned ugly for Swearinger, and he was launched in the summertime of 2015. Signed days later by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Swearinger claimed that Houston had been operating him down behind his again.

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“I bear in mind my first interview with [then-Tampa Bay coach] Lovie [Smith], he requested me about all of the issues Houston bashed me on,” Swearinger mentioned. “I used to be sitting there shocked, like, ‘They actually mentioned that about me? That is horrible.’”

From Swearinger’s perspective, Kubiak let him play a extra freestyling model of protection, lining up at center linebacker, the place O’Brien cracked down and put him at security, anticipating him to toe the road. Repeated spats brought on the Texans to bench Swearinger for 3 video games in the course of the 2014 season, Swearinger mentioned. He supplied up the broad outlines of a rationale in an Instagram submit:

O’Brien doesn’t interact

In a convention name with reporters previous to the sport, O’Brien sidestepped the problem, noting that he wasn’t positive what Swearinger was speaking about, and that maturity wasn’t a problem. “Each participant that comes into the league, regardless of who you might be, it’s a robust transition from school to skilled soccer,” O’Brien mentioned. “Then on prime of that you’ve got a training change that D.J. needed to take care of.”

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Clearly not trying to give Swearinger or the Redskins any additional motivation, O’Brien took the very best of excessive roads. “You simply attempt to make choices in the perfect curiosity of the staff,” O’Brien mentioned of Swearinger’s launch. “D.J. made lots of performs for us right here. He’s a really instinctive, robust, aggressive participant. He’s clearly gone on to Arizona and now in Washington and he’s … doing a terrific job, has bought wonderful ball abilities, good tackler, robust, aggressive man. He’s going to be a problem to go in opposition to on Sunday.”

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Thus far in 2018, Swearinger has 34 tackles and 7 interceptions, in addition to one sack and two pressured fumbles. He’ll want so as to add to that whole to maintain Washington aggressive with Houston, however he’s bought loads of motivation to take action.

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Jay Busbee is a author for Yahoo Sports activities. Contact him at [email protected] or discover him on Twitter or on Fb.

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