Donte Whitner played just 11 games with the Redskins in 2016, but apparently, those 11 games taught him plenty about the organization. On Friday, he shared what he observed with 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies.
In the 15-minute radio interview, the now-analyst unloaded on the Burgundy and Gold.
Host Eric Bickel set Whitner up with a fairly standard question, asking the former safety, "Can you believe where they are as a franchise at this point?"
"It's not hard to understand why they are where they are right now," he answered, before going after Jay Gruden, some assistant coaches, Josh Norman and the general lack of accountability around the Redskins.
According to Whitner, he lost "all respect" for Gruden late in 2016 during a game against the Bears. Whitner went down with an injury and he later heard from some of his teammates that Gruden allegedly said, "Let's get him up so we can get this game over with."
"That shows that you have no respect for your players," Whitner told the Junkies.
"For you to make that comment, and I know that you made it, there's a reason that you're fired," he continued. "There's a reason that your players quit on you. Because you don't know how to be a people's person and how to coach and lead men. There's guys that know how to lead men and there's guys that don't know how to lead men. He should be a coordinator."
Whitner is certainly entitled to his opinion, but just for context, Chris Thompson broke down the day before Gruden was let go because of how much he liked and supported him. That's just to show that not everyone feels like Gruden is a disrespectful guy worth quitting on.
Whitner also doesn't believe in Greg Manusky as a defensive coordinator and really disliked Perry Fewell, who was leading the DBs when Whitner was in Washington. Overall, he believes there isn't enough knowledge on the staff and he took issue with how they're getting the jobs.
"These guys are just friends of the coaches," he said. "A lot of coaches are just hiring their friends. They're not hiring the best teachers."
The last person Whitner targeted was Norman. While on with the Junkies, Whitner recounted one play versus the Panthers where he and Norman botched a coverage and he felt like No. 24 wrongly blamed him for it. That happened often, per Whitner.
"Josh Norman was never accountable," Whitner said.
If you're wondering how a guy who only spent a few months with the franchise can feel so confident about making these kinds of major judgments, you're probably not alone. However, no matter how you feel about his statements, he did offer a piece of advice that would probably serve the Redskins, or any team anywhere, well.
"Everybody has to be accountable," Whitner concluded. "We don't care if you're getting paid $80 million and we don't care if you're getting paid $250,000. Everybody should be accountable."
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