DeAngelo Hall: ‘I Might Have Been A Little Overzealous’ With Post-Game Comments
ASHBURN – Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall held a press conference Wednesday following the team’s morning walkthrough to clarify comments he made after the 18-16 loss at Dallas that were critical of the coaching staff and of his teammates.
In an expletive-laced tirade after the game, Hall criticized defensive coordinator Jim Haslett for calling an all-out blitz when the Cowboys faced third-and-21 from their own 30-yard line with 2:10 remaining in the game. Dallas picked up the blitz and Hall was left all alone in coverage on receiver Dez Bryant, who took an improvised pass from quarterback Tony Romo for 30 yards and the first down before Hall was flagged for an additional facemask penalty and 15 yards.
Dallas finished that drive with a field goal with 1:47 to play to win the game.
Hall said he may have been “a little overzealous” with his comments after the game and said perhaps he should not have said earlier last week that the team should hit Romo in his injured ribs, because perhaps Haslett and the coaching staff took it too seriously with the blitz.
“No matter what’s called, we’ve got to go out there and execute it,” Hall said Wednesday. “I thought I said that after the game. I might have said a couple F-bombs in between that, but I definitely did say that no matter what’s called, we’ve got to go out there and execute, no matter if that’s the call or something else is the call. We’ve still got to go out there and play it. But like I said, I take full responsibility for that play.”
Hall, who said he decided to call the press conference on his own, sat down with Haslett and head coach Mike Shanahan to watch film of the game. He also had a chance to speak with Haslett to address his comments and thoughts on the game and the play.
“After sitting down and talking to [Haslett], I definitely understood where he was coming from, as opposed to just sitting back and letting those guys pick us apart,” Hall said. “He wanted some pressure. He didn’t feel like we were getting there with four or five guys and we really didn’t hit Romo like we wanted to, so we sent pressure. We wanted to send pressure, get the ball out of his hands as quickly as possible.”
As for the facemask, which Hall said the officials should receive “demerit points” for after the game, Hall did not arrive to notice of a fine in his locker at Redskins Park. That, he said, validates his belief that the penalty did not occur.
“But you know what? We’ve just got to keep going,” Hall said. “Keep going, keep playing. I think we’re playing pretty good football. There’s still a long way we’ve got to go, a lot of things we’ve got to shore up in the run game, in the pass game as well. We can’t give up big plays and expect to win the game, especially in a dogfight like that.”