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A timeline of D.J. Swearinger's brief but eventful career with the Redskins

A timeline of D.J. Swearinger's brief but eventful career with the Redskins

Following the Redskins' 25-16 loss to the Titans in Week 16, starting Safety D.J. Swearinger was critical of the team's defensive coaching staff and the decision making that took place.  It was the second time in three weeks the veteran defensive back was critical of Redskins' decision-making

On Monday morning, Christmas Eve, the Redskins released Swearinger, ending a brief, but wildly entertaining tenure in Washington. It did not take long for Swearinger's gritty, old-school demeanor to endear himself to Redskins fans, and the former South Carolina Gamecock quickly became a fan favorite.

March 9, 2017: Redskins sign free agent Swearinger to a three-year $13.5 million deal following a three-interception season with the Cardinals in 2016.

Sept. 5, 2017: Swearinger voted in by teammates as defensive captain during Redskins training camp.

Sept. 9, 2017: Swearinger makes his regular-season debut for the Redskins, recording five solo tackles and one pass deflection in the team's 30-17 loss to the Eagles.

Nov. 12, 2017: Swearinger picks off Vikings quarterback Case Keenum twice, for his first two interceptions as a Redskin and the first multi-interception game of his career, in the team's 38-30 loss to Minnesota.

Dec. 31, 2017: Swearinger records a season-high nine solo tackles and a forced fumble in the final game of the season, an 18-10 loss to the Giants. Swearinger ends his first year in Washington with 61 solo tackles, 10 pass deflections, four interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Jan. 1, 2018: A fay after-season ending loss, Swearinger criticizes how teammates and staff handled a rash of injuries that plagued the Redskins' season.

Aug. 14, 2018: Swearinger gets into a heated exchange with former teammate Terrelle Pryor during a Jets-Redskins mixed practice.

Sept. 16, 2018: Swearinger intercepts Colts quarterback Andrew Luck twice in the Redskins' 21-9 loss to the Colts in Week 2 loss.

Oct. 14, 2018: Swearinger records a sack and a forced fumble in the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers.

Oct. 21, 2018:  For the second straight game, Swearinger records a turnover, forcing and recovering a fumble from Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in the Redskins' 20-17 win over Dallas.

Oct. 28, 2018: For the third time as a Redskin, Swearinger records a multi-interception game, picking off Eli Manning in the Redskins' 20-13 win over the Giants. The Redskins sit at 5-2 and are alone atop the NFC East.

Nov. 4, 2018: The Redskins defense gives up 491 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 24-point loss to the Falcons. Swearinger finishes the game with no tackles, solo or combined.

Nov. 23, 2018: Following a Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys, in which backup quarterback Colt McCoy exited the game with a broken leg, Swearinger delivered a rant during his weekly radio interview in which he blasted the team's effort and coaching decisions.

Dec. 18, 2018: Swearinger tabbed as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, along with punter Tress Way.

Dec. 22, 2018: The Redskins fall to 7-8 following a 25-16 loss to the Titans. After the game, Swearinger publically criticizes Greg Manusky for the defensive schemes and playcalling in the second half. 

Dec. 23, 2018: Head coach Jay Gruden expresses disappointment in Swearinger, reaffirms that Swearinger is the starting safety and not the defensive coordinator.

Dec. 24, 2018: Redskins release Swearinger following critical comments he made about the coaching staff after the team's Week 16 loss to the Titans.

Dec. 25, 2018: Shortly after being released by the Redskins, Swearinger signs a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.






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Dwayne Haskins has always admired Aaron Rodgers, now he gets to face him

Dwayne Haskins has always admired Aaron Rodgers, now he gets to face him

Sunday's game against the Packers will mark the fifth career start for Dwayne Haskins in the NFL. Yet, this one will be very different from the first four.

So far, Haskins has faced off against Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen. In that group are a pair of second-year passers and a pair of backups who were on the field because of injuries. 

When Haskins makes the trip to Green Bay, he will find himself matched up with a marquee QB in Aaron Rodgers. In Haskins' brief tenure as a pro, he has often talked about how he hopes to one day be associated with the most talented signal callers ever, like Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Rodgers is in that group, too.

"He's one of my favorite quarterbacks," Haskins said on Wednesday. "I just like the way he's able to distribute the ball over the field... He's a very dynamic quarterback."

While Haskins is just beginning his journey in the NFL, Rodgers is putting together yet another sterling season. He's thrown 22 touchdowns to just two interceptions and is on pace to record his fourth straight campaign with a quarterback rating above 97. Since 2008, in fact, the worst rating Rodgers has posted is 92.7.

By comparison, the Redskins rookie currently sports a rating of 58.5. 

Rodgers' presence won't just affect the Burgundy and Gold's defense in Week 14. His ability to catch fire also puts pressure on his opponent's offense, because if he's in a groove it'seven more necessary to try and keep up. 

Haskins, though, explained that he doesn't want to think that way.

"You've got to score points against anybody," he said. "We had to score points to beat McCaffrey and the Panthers. Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback, he's going to keep his team in every game he plays. So, we've got to go in there scoring points, we know that. There's no press to outduel him or try to throw more than him. I'm just trying to move the chains and make plays when they need to be made."

That's a solid approach for Haskins, but odds are he will have to lead a more effective passing game if the Redskins are to win in Green Bay. Yes, his mediocre play has been hidden in the past two wins thanks to contributions from the special teams and running backs, but at some point a breakout is needed — both for him personally and the overall team.

In addition to battling a future Hall of Famer, Haskins also gets to soon do battle with Green Bay's renowned weather. Fortunately for him, that foe won't be at its most powerful — it doesn't look like it'll be cold enough to snow — and, unlike Rodgers, the 22-year-old knows how to handle low temperatures.

"Try and stay as warm as possible," he said. "Hand warmers, turtlenecks, soup, chicken broth, all that stuff."

So, he's already got the answers for the weather. And in a few days, everyone will get to see if he also has them for Rodgers.


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Here is a list of 25 old things that Lambeau Field is older than

Here is a list of 25 old things that Lambeau Field is older than

The Redskins will play at Lambeau Field this Sunday, a stadium that interim coach Bill Callahan respects and an environment rookie QB Dwayne Haskins can't wait to experience. 

Few places in sports, if any, are as revered as Lambeau Field. It has hosted some of the NFL's most iconic players and moments. It's a place every fan should try to visit. It's a legitimate American landmark. 

It's also super old.

The building, originally known as City Stadium, has existed since September 1957. That means it's more than 62 years old.

So — and this is for no real reason, so if you're looking for a real reason, sorry — here's a list of 25 old things that aren't as old as Lambeau Field:

1) Sprite

2) Nike

3) US ZIP codes

4) The movie Ben-Hur (which is apparently as long as The Irishman, but hopefully not as boring)

5) The Dallas Cowboys

6) Dwayne Haskins + Alex Smith (those two together are 57, so depending on the movie theater, they could combine to get a senior discount)

7) Simon Cowell (Lambeau Field is older but less grumpy)

8) Weather satellites (the first one was named TIROS-1 in case you were wondering, which you definitely weren't)

9) Barbie dolls

10) Big Macs (unrelated: Big Macs are delicious)

11) The Twilight Zone (sorry, Black Mirror is better)

12) Kmart stores

13) Michael Jordan

14) The Flintstones

15) George Clooney (yes, he's younger than Lambeau Field and also better at organizing complex casino heists)

16) Lava lamps (if you're buying a lava lamp in 2019, please seek help)

17) Hula hoops (if you're buying a hula hoop in 2019, please also seek help)

18) The Grammy Awards

19) Buffalo wings (imagine a world without Buffalo wings. NO. NEVER MIND. DON'T)

20) Hawaii's statehood

21) Computer mouses (regular mouses, meanwhile, are in fact older than Lambeau Field)

22) Etch a Sketch

23) Pull tabs on soda cans

24) Valium

25) Bump and run coverage 

In conclusion, Lambeau Field is old.