June 18, 2019

Washington Redskins: DeAngelo Hall gives praise, talks playoffs, and more

The Washington Redskins newest strong safety, DeAngelo Hall did not talk to the media following the NFC East clinching Philadelphia Eagles victory because he thought he had tore his calf. The veteran defender apologized for the non-availability and is happy to say it is much less serious than a tear as he has classified the injury as a strain and is already able to do some light jogging. If healthy enough to play, DeAngelo Hall would “gladly” take game reps to improve his comfort level in the new position; however, he trusts the coaching staff to make the best decision for him and his teammates.

As Kirk Cousins has also said, Hall also believes that Jay Gruden has grown as a coach as the year has gone on. That makes Hall and others “want to succeed and make him look good.” An underrated offseason acquisition on the coaching staff during last summer was defensive backs coach Perry Fewell. Hall called the former Giants coordinator the most detail oriented coached he has ever player for and can see him being a head coach in the future.

Hall also praised the job of the Redskins front office, Scot McCloughan and Bruce Allen in particular, for putting together a roster that was in a position to reach the playoffs. In was also important that players were brought in not just because they were the highest-rate amongst available, but because they could be envisioned to fit in with the system Washington already had in place.

Hall joined Jason Hatcher in thanking the younger Redskins on the roster after the Eagles win. Veterans appreciate the scratching and clawing they did to help capture the division, which might be one of the higher moments for players whose careers are beginning to wind down.

The Washington Redskins have been a fairly opportunistic bunch under Joe Barry‘s defense and that is perfectly alright. They are not to the talent level where they can purely dominate teams, but if they can “keep guys out of the end zone, we feel good enough about our offense to put points up.” Timely turnovers and impressive goal-line stands over recent weeks have been a recipe for success in Washington and could carry over to the playoffs.

(Photo by: Toni L. Sandys)

(Photo by: Toni L. Sandys)

DeAngelo Hall is the first player in NFL history to have five interceptions returned for a touchdown and five fumble recoveries for a touchdown. The ball hawk defensive back called it “definitely special” and dropped a Sean Taylor like line by saying “when it [the ball] is in my hands I always have a chance.”

The Washington Redskins will not know their Wild Card playoff opponent until late Sunday night. Although that means that the coaching staff cannot start to gameplan and use Week 17 as essentially a bye week, “it doesn’t matter to” DeAngelo Hall. The veteran corner thinks fans might want to have a revenge game against Seattle for bouncing Washington out of the playoffs in 2005, 2007, and 2012, but Hall made it clear that both teams are far different than those days.

At 32, DeAngelo Hall is probably nearing the end of his career. A year removed from two consecutive tears of his Achilles tendon, his determination to come back his truly remarkable. In recent years of horrid football, the former Hokie’s presence over the last eight seasons has been a positive and worth raising our glasses to.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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