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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.

DeAngelo Hall: ‘I Would Cut Myself if I was the Front Office’

The Cowboys came back to beat the Redskins Sunday for the second time this season. Both times, the winning kick was set up by a completion from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant on third and long. DeAngelo Hall was the man covering on the plays, and he’s taking lots of criticism for the mistakes. Last time around, he went off on the referees for adding a facemask penalty to the play. This time around, he had nobody to blame but himself.

“It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating, but I can’t point a finger at anybody but myself. The way I’m playing, they need to go and cut me because I’m definitely not worth what I’m getting. It’s frustrating. Hopefully they see something in me and they bring me back next year. But the way things are going right now, I’m definitely not playing up to par.

“I felt like I had a good game up until that point, but when you’re paying a guy the type of money that I’m making, you expect him to make that play. And like I said, two times in a row, I would cut myself if I was in the front office.”

They’re not going to cut him for missing that play (at least they shouldn’t), but maybe they should give Hall some help with the game on the line. Last time the Cowboys converted on a 3rd and 21. This time it was a 3rd and 15, and on both occasions, Hall lost track of Bryant. Dez’s numbers weren’t eye-popping (3 catches for 68 yards), but he made the big play. Maybe it’s karma for DeAngelo after making comments like this and this.

DeAngelo Hall: Referee Should ****ing Lose his Job for the Facemask Call

The Redskins blew a 16-9 lead against the Cowboys and lost on the road 18-16 on Monday night. Their collapse was painful to watch for Redskins fans. After their touchdown put them ahead, they punted three times and then Rex Grossman was sacked and lost a fumble to end the game. The defense meanwhile gave up three field goals in the second half, the last of which came with 1:47 left and gave the Cowboys the lead.

While the offense failed to produce the entire fourth quarter, the defense had an excellent opportunity to close the door when they had the Cowboys in a 3rd and 21. Forced out of the pocket under pressure, Tony Romo completed a pass to Dez Bryant that went for 30 yards down to Washington’s 40 yard line. Dallas still would have needed to move the ball a few yards to set up a long field goal, but they received an extra 15 yards thanks to a facemask penalty.

While nobody questions that DeAngelo Hall touched Dez Bryant’s facemask, it was clear that he touched it accidentally while trying to make a tackle. He quickly moved his hand away from the facemask and at no point tried to bring Bryant down with it (watch video of the play here). It was a bad call by the referee because the language in the rule book states that a player must “grasp” the facemask to be penalized. At no point did Hall grasp Dez’s facemask. Needless to say, Hall was fuming about the call after the game.

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DeAngelo Hall Will Target Tony Romo’s Ribs, Felix Jones’ Shoulder

The Dallas Cowboys suffered several injuries to key players in their win over the 49ers on Sunday. Tony Romo played through a cracked rib and punctured lung, Felix Jones ran with a separated shoulder, and Miles Austin battled a hamstring strain. Romo and Jones are slated to play, and DeAngelo Hall will aim to make them pay.

“I want to get a chance to try to put my helmet on whatever’s hurt,” the Redskins cornerback told reporters Wednesday. “Romo’s ribs – I’m going to be asking for some corner blitzes.”

Hall also said he would target Felix Jones. “I’m not going to cut him, I’m going to try to him up high.”

“That’s just part of it. If you know something’s wrong with an opponent, you’re going to try to target in on that. We’re going to try to get as many hats on those guys as possible.”

I don’t see anything wrong with what Hall says. As long as the Redskins follow what Brian Orakpo said — not get too carried away with focusing on the injuries instead of playing their game — they should be fine. It’s the defense’s job to stop the offense, and hurting opposing players is one way to stop them. Nobody wants anyone getting injured, but hurting opponents is to be expected. Now you know why teams are so guarded with injury information.

DeAngelo Hall Says Jay Cutler ‘Doesn’t Understand the Game of Football’

Jay Cutler seems to have one of those attitudes that gets under people’s skin.  In order to be a successful NFL quarterback, you have to have a certain level of confidence.  Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady certainly possess that quality, but they do a pretty decent job of keeping it under wraps.  Cutler likes to let it show through, with comments like the one he made about his arm being stronger than John Elway’s.  Couple that with the fact that he hasn’t really won anything of significance, and the end result is annoyed opponents and fans.

As cliche as it may sound, what goes around, comes around.  When Cutler was with the Broncos in 2008, he and Eddie Royal hooked up 9 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in Royal’s NFL debut.  The corner covering Royal for much of that game was Hall, when he was a member of the Raiders.  After the game, Cutler took it upon himself to talk a little smack when reporters asked him about the game.  “Eddie Royal beat DeAngelo Hall time after time,” Cutler said. “That’s what happened.”

The tables turned on Sunday when Hall, now a member of the Redskins, intercepted Cutler four times in one game.  Needless to say, Hall hadn’t forgotten the shot Cutler took at him after his tough day two years ago.

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DeAngelo Hall got Hurt Cheering for His Team on the Sidelines

Professional athletes are some of the most finely-tuned, muscular, and fittest human beings on the planet. Football players are even tougher than most athletes considering the strenuous and physically demanding nature of their sport. That’s why it’s surprising, and almost laughable, to read about DeAngelo Hall’s latest injury. Hall missed his second straight game last week because of a sprained knee. He’s already been listed as “out” for Sunday’s game against Oakland but now there’s a new injury bothering him:

Hall got so excited standing on the sidelines during the Washington Redskins’ overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that he developed back spasms, another setback in his goal of returning to the field in time to play in this week’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

“I probably should have been up in the suites relaxing, but I wanted to be down there with my teammates and encourage my guys on,” said Hall, who had a sit in a chair to ease the strain on his back while meeting with reporters this week. “I found myself almost jumping up and down every play.”

I’m guessing all the jumping up and down didn’t help the strained knee either. I’m not doubting the legitimacy of the injury, I’m just having a laugh over the circumstances through which he incurred the problem. If it weren’t such a business, I’m sure he would too. Considering the Redskins won’t have Hall or Haynesworth on Sunday, the Raiders will have a legitimate shot at winning the game. Matter of conjecture, Bruce Gradkowski could be a solid fantasy football option at quarterback; he’s thrown for six touchdowns in the last three games. Luckily I don’t have to worry about Gradkowski since I have Tony Romo going as my QB in the Coors Light fantasy football league, but if I needed an alternate option, I might consider Bruce.

DeAngelo Hall Will Fight the Entire Falcons Team by Himself

DeAngelo Hall has quite the history with the Falcons. He’s been in a few fights on the field, most notably one with Steve Smith that killed his team during the Bobby Petrino days, and he also had an issue with Terrell Owens. As if that weren’t enough, Hall also reportedly tried to fight one of his former Falcon teammates during halftime when he was a member of the Raiders. Now Hall’s a member of the Redskins and they were in Atlanta Sunday taking on the Falcons. I’m not sure what started it, but Hall tried to pick a fight with the Falcons. Let’s go to the videotape:

The most striking aspect of the video is that there were no Redskins who came to aid Hall. That tells me that they either don’t care for him, or that they’re so defeated and done with their season that they really don’t have much motivation. Either way it doesn’t look good for them. By the way, how did Hall walk out of that situation without being penalized or kicked out of the game?

UPDATE: Hall is accusing the Falcons coaches of poor conduct in the skirmish and he’s right; Mike Smith was out of line and should be fined for his behavior and the elbow he throw.