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 standard question, asking the former safety, “Can you believe where they are as a franchise at this point?”
“It’s not laborious to know why they’re where they are without delay,” he answered, before going when Jay Gruden, some assistant coaches, tantalize Norman and also 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. “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. There are guys that know how to lead men and there are 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 and he took issue with how they’re getting the jobs.
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.