DeAngelo Hall: Argument With Falcons’ Mike Smith Way In The Past
ASHBURN – DeAngelo Hall said he and Atlanta head coach Mike Smith “are cool” after an altercation in 2009 nearly started a brawl between the Falcons and the Washington Redskins.
Hall, who played for Atlanta from 2004-07 but not for Smith, was yelling at Smith on the sideline after former Redskins safety LaRon Landry hit quarterback Matt Ryan as he was scrambling out of bounds. Falcons players immediately confronted Landry and Hall, who ran over to join the ruckus, and Smith and Hall had to be held apart.
Smith coached the NFC side at the Pro Bowl in 2011, a game in which Hall was named the most valuable player.
“We sipped a couple drinks, we won a game, he won some money, I won some money,” Hall said. “It was a great, great time. Me and Mike Smith are perfectly fine.”
“DeAngelo and I had an opportunity to spend a whole lot of time there at the Pro Bowl,” Smith said. “I met with his family and everything, got to hang out. It was a great week. .. Of course, when you win, you get a little bit more in your paycheck, so it was able to help pay the bills for everybody.”
Hall downplayed any significance to one spat nearly three years after it happened.
“If that’s the storyline going into the game, it’s gonna be a boring game,” Hall said.