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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