WASHINGTON — Bashaud Breeland is one of the more accessible Washington Redskins players via social media–sometimes to a fault.
Such a fault came after Sunday’s tie with the Cincinnati Bengals, when the needling of a few Twitter critics inspired an expletive-laden, seven-tweet response.
[Editor’s Note: The messages below have been edited to meet our standards. At the time of publishing, all tweets could be found on his account, @Salute_me17]
While it was written in a different tone, this is not the first time this season that Breeland has railed against Twitter critics when emotions were high.
After an ineffective start to the season, Breeland injured his ankle and was forced to sit out Weeks 4 and 5. Following Week 4, he told fans to watch game tape on him, become coach and make the decision to bench him, and eventually settling on the line:
Not surprisingly, this did little to help his case.
After a breakout 2015 campaign, Breeland has been inconsistent in 2016, struggling against top opposing receivers early before battling an ankle injury suffered in Week 3. He has only one takeaway and four passes defensed through half of the season, well off the pace for five takeaways and 16 pass breakups, respectively, in 2015.
Obviously, Breeland is tired of hearing it from the fans. Even with a down season, Breeland still believes he is a coveted talent in the NFL, and one that critical Redskins fans will miss when he’s gone.
What Breeland needs to realize is that fans disappointed in his play don’t want to hear that. Like any relationship on the rocks, “you’ll miss me when I’m gone” doesn’t make anyone happier in the present.
Everyone goes through rough patches, and D.C. sports fans have a history of forgiving past mistakes and loving a winner. In the meantime, it might be time for Breeland to take a break from the online Redskins community.