By: Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Redskins came up short this past Saturday against the Tennessee Titans 16 to 25. The Titans played the majority of the game with backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, after Marcus Mariota was injured and suffered numbness in his throwing arm. The Redskins were up 13 to 9 going into the 4th quarter, but that didn’t last as the Titans scored 16 points for a comeback win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Washington was eliminated from the playoffs following their loss Saturday night. Turnovers by the Redskins kept the Titans in the game late as Titans running back Derrick Henry took over when the Washington defense couldn’t finish the job. As the clock hit zero and the score of 16 to 25 became final, Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan walked over to the Redskins sideline and got in Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman’s face and mocked his bow and arrow celebration. Josh Norman threw his helmet at Taylor Lewan and said that Lewan committed the “ultimate disrespect” and Taylor Lewan told the reports that Norman was trying to hurt the Titans’ running back Derrick Henry.
After the game was were the story of the game occurred when safety D.J. Swearinger questioned defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s game plan against the Titans. Swearinger told the reporters “I felt like we should have been more aggressive” instead of playing man-to-man against a backup quarterback. Head coach Jay Gruden warned the safety multiple times about voicing his grievances to the media and effectively D.J. Swearinger was cut by Jay Gruden on Monday. D.J. Swearinger was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals, after being cut by the Redskins. Two days after Swearinger voiced his displeasure with the Redskins’ defensive play calling he came out and said that he has learned his lesson and criticizing his coach cost him his job with the Redskins. The Cardinals is where D.J. Swearinger first started his career and he posted on his personal Instagram that he is happy to be back in Arizona. The Packers and Raiders were among the three teams that requested a waiver claim for the safety. Washington defensive coordinator had the final word as Greg Manusky said “He said what he said. I can’t do anything about it.”
The Redskins will close out their season in week 17 against their NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Redskins’ running back Adrian Peterson said he would “love” to re-sign with Washington in the offseason after having an unbelievable bounce back year at the age of 33. Peterson broke multiple all-time rushing records and produced his 8th career 1,000 yard rushing season and moved into 8th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. The Redskins placed both tight end Jordan Reed and quarterback Colt McCoy on injured reserve. The team also signed former Lions linebacker Marquis Flowers on Wednesday. The last time the Redskins and Eagles played each other was in Philadelphia on Monday Night Football where they were embarrassed and lost their quarterback Colt McCoy to a gruesome leg injury. The Philadelphia Eagles need to win against the Redskins and for the Vikings to lose to the Bears in order to claim the last spot in the playoffs. The Redskins will be looking to finish their season with an 8 and 8 record, while knocking their rival out of the playoffs on Sunday in Washington D.C. at 4:25.