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DeAngelo Hall: Eli Manning is a Hall of Fame player and super smart

DeAngelo Hall insists he did not mean any disrespect earlier this week when he said the Washington Redskins gave Eli Manning and the New York Giants a win last Sunday. When discussing New York’s game-winning 77-yard touchdown, Hall basically said anyone could have made the throw and that it was nothing more than a blown coverage. Several Giants players ripped him for the comments, and the Redskins corner backed off on Thursday.

“I think anybody who’s smart enough to watch football can sit there and see we blew that coverage,” Hall explained according to D.C. Sports Bog. “With that being said, the question I was asked was ‘Is Eli just the smartest guy?, some question the reporter asked me about that particular play. And I was like, nah, you didn’t have to be too smart to see a guy run down the middle and just throw it up.

“I’m not saying Eli’s not smart. You know, the dude’s super smart. He won two Super Bowls. I got drafted with Eli. I was able to get to know him and his family through that whole process. I respect his game a whole lot. I respect that football team, Coach Coughlin, all those guys a lot and what they’ve been able to accomplish up there in New York.”

As much as we like to rip on Hall for saying things like this and allegedly hitting opponents in the face, the explanation sounds pretty sincere. In his defense, it was very much a blown coverage by Washington. Anytime you let an opposing team’s best receiver run free down the seam with under two minutes to play, you’ve made an epic mistake. In that sense, the play was not all that difficult for the Giants to execute.

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Giants players rip DeAngelo Hall for not giving Eli Manning credit on game-winner

When Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown that gave the New York Giants and comeback win over the Washington Redskins, DeAngelo Hall was not impressed. Rather than seeing it as another tremendous fourth-quarter comeback from a resilient Giants team, Hall saw it as a gift from his team.

“Ultimately he did because he made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play,” Hall told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. “I feel we gave him that play. We just had one guy set his feet and one guy not do this. I could have thrown that ball and he would have scored. It wasn’t something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.”

You don’t have to look at the play all that closely to know that it was terrible coverage, so in a way you can see what Hall is referring to. That being said, the Giants and Manning still had to call the right play based on the defense they saw and then execute it. That’s why some New York players feel that Hall’s comments were disrespectful.

“DeAngelo Hall is not that smart,” Justin tuck said according to Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News.

USA TODAY’s Mike Garafolo said Victor Cruz called Hall’s comments “a little disrespectful” and Manning even stepped out of character a bit and fired back at the Redskins corner.

“I didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out either,” Manning said. “That was the coverage they messed up. As an offense, you have to take advantage of that.”

The “we beat ourselves” excuse is one of the lamest in sports, and one that the Giants have heard before on numerous occasions. Hall is also known for having a big mouth, so it doesn’t surprise me that he tried to take credit away from his division rivals. All that matters is the Giants got one in the win column and Washington took a loss. Whether Hall feels they earned it or not really isn’t relevant.

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Adrian Peterson says DeAngelo Hall slapped him in face; Hall says that’s ‘asinine’

Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Hall got into it a bit during the first quarter of the Redskins-Vikings game on Sunday. Peterson, who totaled over 100 yards of offense on the day, broke a couple of big runs at the beginning of the game and credited Hall with making a nice tackle on one of them. However, he did not approve of what the Redskins cornerback did after making the play.

“He slapped me in the face after making a good tackle,” Peterson told the Star Tribune. “And I was just telling him, ‘Hey, don’t do me like that, brother.’ I looked him in the eyes and he knew I meant business.”

According to the Washington Post, Hall said that’s not what happened at all.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” Hall said on Monday. “For it to be brought up a day later and talking about I slapped him in the face, that’s just asinine. I actually run up on him, make a tackle and my helmet kind of pops off. The momentum of me going to hit him, I kind of push right off, right after I make the tackle I push right off, I don’t know if it’s him or the ground. That’s the only contact I had with him.”

This is the same DeAngelo who once tried to fight the entire Falcons team and has talked about targeting specific parts of opposing players’ bodies in the past. Unfortunately for the Vikings, Peterson meaning business wasn’t quite enough to beat the Redskins on a day where Minnesota’s defense was a no-show in a 38-28 loss.

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DeAngelo Hall says Robert Griffin III understands what it takes mentally to be great, unlike Michael Vick

From a skill standpoint, Robert Griffin III should be honored to be compared to Michael Vick. Both are mobile quarterbacks who have cannons for arms and insane play-making ability. As far as an NFL career in concerned, Griffin would probably rather avoid the Vick comparisons. As in, I’m sure RG3 has no intention of being kept out of football for two years because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring. According to Griffin’s current teammate and Vick’s former teammate DeAngelo Hall, RG3 understands what it takes to win more than Vick did when he entered the league.

“Me and (Griffin) have been talking for the last 4 or 5 months now and I told him the scary part is his progression now as a quarterback and an athlete,” Hall said during an interview with 980 ESPN’s The Sports Fix in D.C. “I feel like he’s light years ahead of Michael Vick because he understands mentally what it takes to be great.

“Mike felt like he could go out athletically and be great. RG3 is like I know athletically I’m pretty good, but I want to be mentally great. If I can be mentally great and athletically good or great then it is scary. His ability to want to be that great quarterback now and just a great athlete is what is going to separate him from all the other guys out there.”

They may be different people and different players, but light years ahead? That’s a lot of hype to live up to, not that there wasn’t already plenty of buzz surrounding Griffin to begin with. Perhaps RG3 is significantly further in his progression than Vick was at this stage in his career, but forgive me for not taking Hall’s word for it given his reputation for saying ridiculous things.

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DeAngelo Hall flirts with Alex Morgan on Twitter, Morgan says she’ll attend Redskins game

Hopefully once word gets around that DeAngelo Hall and Alex Morgan were chatting back and forth on Twitter, everyone calls it flirting. That way we can see if Hall gets all worked up about it like Evan Longoria did that time when he and Morgan were chatting and everyone said he was trying to pick her up. It’s just more fun when that happens. Anyway, Hall recently tweeted back and forth with the U.S. Women’s soccer star, and by the end of the conversation he convinced her to attend a Redskins game next season. Either Morgan knows nothing about football, or she has high hopes for what the Robert Griffin III era might bring.

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Gold medalist LeShawn Merritt says DeAngelo Hall wanted to race him for his medal against $100K

We all know you have to be pretty fast to be a cornerback in the NFL. But do cornerbacks have Olympic runner speed? DeAngelo Hall seems to think he does, and he reportedly came close to wagering $100,000 on it. During a recent interview with IMG that DC Sports Bog passed along, 2008 400-meter gold medalist LeShawn Merritt said Hall once challenged him to a race.

“He is from the same area as me, and his agent was having a pool party right after the Olympics,” Merritt said. “D-Hall is a trash talker, so of course he started talking that he could beat me in a race. I just won the gold medal so I wasn’t hearing any of it. He was going to put up $100,000 against my gold medal. He wanted to do a 40-yard dash, but we settled on the 100-meter. Nothing ever came of it, though.”

Hall once ran a 4.15 40 and is one of the faster players in the NFL, but it’s no surprise he never went through with the bet. Merritt runs for a living, and he captured a gold medal by going up against other people who run for a living. In any event, we’re glad to see DeAngelo is more confident in his running skills than he is in his performance as a Redskin.

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Relax, DeAngelo Hall is Not on Suicide Watch, He’s Still Swagged Out

DeAngelo Hall is not backing down from his postgame rant Sunday where he said he’d cut himself if he were the Redskins’ front office. Hall allowed Dez Bryant to make a catch in overtime that setup Dallas’ winning field goal. The Skins CB says he holds himself to a high standard because he is one of the team’s captains. But rest assured, he isn’t letting the play keep him down.

“People think I’m on suicide watch. I’m perfectly fine. Still swagged out. Still feel like I’m one of the best in the game. I just made that statement because there’s a couple plays this season – I haven’t had a lot of chances to make plays, and when the chance presents itself, I want to make it, and to not make it is definitely kind of frustrating for us.”

Phew, well now that I know DeAngelo is still swagged out, that’s one less item on my list of concerns. I was getting worried for a moment. People give DeAngelo a lot of crap for having a big mouth, but at least he takes responsibility when he screws up. That’s a start. Now the important thing is for him to start preventing big plays from happening. He’s supposed to be an elite cornerback and he needs to play like it.