ASHBURN, Va. — The frustration of a four-game shedding streak has turn out to be evident for Washington Redskins inside linebackers, targets of criticism from fans and coaches.
Linebacker Zach Brown, lower than every week after being benched, stated he sees the “writing on the wall” for him in Washington. And starter Mason Foster had a personal Instagram trade leaked, one during which he took a shot on the group and the fans.
The Redskins (6-7) stay alive within the playoff race however are coming off a 40-16 house loss to the New York Giants.
Washington’s last three video games had been supposed to be a couple of playoff push, however as an alternative they’re about survival, from the locker room to the entrance workplace.
Foster, a Redskins captain and a relentless spokesman for the protection, was unavailable for remark Wednesday. However an trade he had with a fan on Instagram earlier this month was leaked Tuesday night time. Within the dialog, Foster informed the fan, “F— this group and this fan base.” It was adopted by six laughing emojis.
He additionally informed the fan, “Yeah and I am not f—in wit it or being a scape goat to make fans really feel higher about all these massive cash ppl who ain’t playin or getting dogged out.” Lastly, he stated within the trade, “Yeah I will attempt my probabilities and go to a profitable group subsequent 12 months … love the redskins however this ain’t it for the African #LOVE”.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden stated he spoke with Foster in regards to the put up Wednesday.
“I actually do not even care,” Gruden stated. “It is a non-public message. I do know Mason and the way laborious he is labored and the way laborious he performs. I do know he would not say something publicly to do this. That was a personal deal. He may’ve been messing round. I do not know the intent of that message; I do not actually care.
“I do, nevertheless, disagree with that man posting a personal message out on social media. He broke a code there that I do not agree with. So far as Mason, I’ve nothing however respect for him as an individual and a participant.”
Foster had been lively on Twitter till lately, when he deleted his account. It coincided with the Redskins’ slide within the standings and of their defensive play. The group has misplaced 4 straight and 5 of six, and Foster has been a goal of the fans’ wrath.
Redskins second-year defensive finish Jonathan Allen stated he avoids social media.
“The way in which I take a look at it, 99 % of fans are nice,” he stated. “They’re supportive it doesn’t matter what you do. They’re all the time going to love the Redskins. However there’s all the time going to be that 1 % of fans that are not like that, and so they’re the fans which can be going to break it for everyone and provides gamers the unhealthy picture about all of the fans — which is not the case.”
In the meantime, Brown stated he does not count on to begin Sunday on the Jacksonville Jaguars after being benched final week towards the Giants. On the time, Gruden stated it was as a result of Brown missed two days of follow with an sickness. Brown wasn’t shopping for that reasoning.
“I imply, if a man’s sick, he is sick,” Brown stated. “What was I supposed to do, go on the market and throw up for you? I had a abdomen virus. Wasn’t nothing I can do. Final 12 months, I did not follow in any respect till Friday or Saturday with my knee harm, so it is sort of contradictory what they’re saying.”
That is why Brown stated he does not see himself having far more of a future in Washington. The Redskins signed him to a three-year deal price $24 million final offseason. If the Redskins minimize him after this season, they’d clear $5.75 million towards the wage cap. They might have $three million in useless cash. The Redskins claimed Reuben Foster final week after he was launched by the San Francisco 49ers. If Reuben Foster is cleared of home violence expenses and performs for the Redskins, he would problem for Brown’s job.
“I believe they’re simply getting in a unique course in the direction of every little thing,” Brown stated. “I am going this course; they are going that course. I will discuss to them, however proper now, I’ve simply obtained to focus on beating Jacksonville.”
Brown has spoken out earlier than — as has security D.J. Swearinger — on the Redskins’ defensive efficiency and the necessity for coaches and gamers to put together higher. Earlier this season, cornerback Josh Norman criticized the fans for the shortage of a home-field benefit, although every week later he purchased and handed out greater than 50 tickets to fans.
Gruden stated all the general public airing of participant grievances doesn’t point out a bigger drawback. A number of sources, nevertheless, have questioned the chemistry of the defensive group.
For Brown, it goes again to shedding his job. He’s considered as flashy, however inconsistent along with his assignments.
“It has been very irritating,” Brown stated. “You get benched and it isn’t such as you get a cause or something for [it]. Simply obtained to maintain doing issues, simply obtained to maintain training. You’ve got simply obtained to simply keep prepared. However on the similar time, it is irritating. It is irritating on anyone to get benched and also you not know the rationale.”