Hall: I’d Rather They Finger-Point At Me

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Losing in the NFL usually leads to the proverbial finger-pointing by media and fans to figure out “Who done it?”  After Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall jumped the route on the situation and put the blame squarely on his own shoulders.

His conclusion was, that for his cost vs. provided value, he would cut himself from the roster.

On Wednesday, he softened his words, but didn’t back down from his assertion that this team needs to be more accountable.

“If I’m the only one that feels that they could improve on their performance, then we’ve got a problem,” he said, bluntly.  “That needs to be the echo from everyone in this locker room.  We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard, because that’s the only way we’re gonna get a win.”

It’s been a down year for Hall, statistically speaking, who has 72 tackles and two takeaways through 10 games.  In 2010, he finished with 112 tackles and eight takeaways (six interceptions).

But no matter what the stat sheets, highlight reels, and critics are saying, Hall has maintained his high level of confidence.

And his post-game comments?  Dude, he’s fine:

“I had all these dudes from around the league calling me, and I was like, ‘Dude, I’m not on suicide watch,'” he said.  “I mean, it was amazing just the reaction that I didn’t think it was gonna get.  I had guys like [Larry] Fitzgerald, [Ben] Roethlisberger, Chad Johnson–different guys calling me to try to encourage me.”

[That’s ‘Chad Ochocinco’ to the rest of us.]

“I was like, ‘Dude, I am fine,'” he repeated.  “My mom’s calling me, and she’s like, ‘Are you okay?’ And I’m like, ‘Mom! I’m good.'”

Head coach Mike Shanahan said after practice today that he appreciated Hall’s ability to step up and take accountability for a loss.

“He was disappointed in a couple of plays during the game and I like the way he handled himself,” Shanahan said.  “He has a lot of emotion, wanted to make the play, put the blame on himself. I think that’s what winners do.”

Hall stood by those sentiments today:

“If they’re gonna point a finger, I’d rather they point it at me than anybody else,” Hall said today.  “We don’t need anybody going in the tank or feeling bad about theirselves.  We need the best performance out of everybody.”

“I’m the type of guy that can take that, I’ve taken it before,” he concluded.  “I’ve won some games, I’ve lost some games.  It’s part of the business.”

Catch his full comments, below:
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0 thoughts on “Hall: I’d Rather They Finger-Point At Me

  1. Don’t beat yourself up. I am 69 and been following the Skins since before you was born. We are having a hard time but still believe it is not the players not perfoming. You are still giving it all you got. Don’t stop and keep fighting. If I knew how to get us back on track sure I wouldn’t be a retired armchair Quaterback.


  2. I like him for stepping up, but there are just so many plays he doesn’t make. We need CBs who can close on balls in the air, not tackle WRs and TEs twenty yards downfield.

    Hall has reminded me of Elvis ‘Toast’ Patterson this season. The secondary appears to be the weakest part of the defense, by far.


  3. This is at least the third game that DHall has cost the Redskins not being able to cover man to man. Once against Larry Fitzgerald and twice against Dez Bryant. Will someone please tell Haslett to stop putting Deangelo one on one at crucial times of the game.


  4. 2013 1st round pick, a man-cover corner. If that’s HASLETT’s system, and he doesn’t fit it, get someone who does. Meanwhile, until we can get to that hole in the line-up, make do.


  5. Very well-scripted speech D-Hall! That’s exactly what you’re “PAID” to say. Carl007 hit the nail on the head. The Raiders got rid of him, because he continuously got “burned” in man-to-man coverage — but, I guess they didn’t watch any film. The two smartest statements he’s made since donning a Skins uniform is “If I were a GM, I’d cut me,” and “I’d rather they finger-point at me.” He is also right about one other thing, “If I’m the only one who feels I need to improve my performance, then there’s a problem.” I’m disgusted in them as a team. There are individuals who are leaving everything on the field, but you’ll win more games when all 11 on offense, all 11 on defense, and all 11 on special teams have the same determination. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. But win or lose, they still get hefty paychecks on Tuesday mornings. If they got paid based on their performance, I guarantee everyone would play better, and not make any excuses. I honestly don’t think they’re gonna win another game this season, and even if they do, I can’t figure out who they would beat. I thought they had a good chance to beat the Seahawks and Vikings, but Seattle’s out (the Skins won’t be able to handle the noise), and if they couldn’t beat Miami, Carolina w/a rookie QB, Philly (who was on a 4-game losing streak), Dallas I (w/half their team injured), I have no reason to believe they’ll beat the Vikings. 3-13 season fellow fans… but keep spending your money on tickets & merchandise to keep the players rich; I’m sure they appreciate it.


  6. To my favorite football team and fellow Redskins keep your head up. In at least 4 of your games this year including both Cowboys games you could have won those games. I believe players are still learning the rudiments of the 3-4 defense. Also bringing in new talent takes time to learn each other and jell together
    as a team. That was 2 great games you guys played against Dallas.. Keep up the good work.


  7. very good — skins win but ol’ gross-man tried to lose it as well as gano missing f/g ( 9 this tr. )
    seattle at home losing to skins not near as bad as skins home blow out by philly loss.


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