You know, I thought about mentioning DeAngelo Hall’s unkempt beard last week, but a certain brand of reader often complains about excessive facial hair coverage in these parts, so I passed, despite a great image that I’ve now lost.
But when SiriusXM came to Redskins training camp on coverage, they asked Hall about his beard, and he answered at length, so now my hand has been forced.
“If I go ahead and shave that off I could definitely lose a couple pounds,” Hall admitted. “You know what, this offseason was just grind mode, just grind mode, grinding, trying to work out as much as I can, trying to stay in shape. And it just came to a point where it just became me. It just became me.”
His significant other, he said. “actually hates it. She hates it, my kids hate it, but until we win some games and put a little streak together, I’m not gonna cut it.”
Never too early for a playoff beard, in my estimation. If you want to hear his football thoughts, he said he would be changing his cornerbacking style this season, playing more aggressive at the line but worrying less about picks.
“This year I think [I’m] getting back to the old me, which is just trying to get up and challenge guys a little bit more than I used to in the past,” Hall told the network. “I got so greedy trying to get picks. You can’t get picks with your back to the quarterback, so I got to the point in my career where I always wanted to see the ball, see the quarterback, and kind of got weak on digs and comebacks, things like that, short breaking routes.
“But my DB coach wants me to just get up there and challenge guys on the line, and so far in camp I’ve been trying to get up there and press a lot more, be as patient as I can, and make a team beat me deep.”
Hall also praised the front office’s offseason approach, specifically saying it was good that the Redskins didn’t chase a first-round quarterback in the draft.
“For the first time I feel like we didn’t get a guy just to get a guy,” he said, talking about Ryan Kerrigan. “We actually sat back, thought about it, made an educated decision. We felt like the guys we had a chance to get were gonna help our team better than a guy we just jumped up and grabbed. That’s what we did when we drafted the outside linebacker. We felt like he could help us out more right now, and the quarterback situation would take care of itself.”
And the beard?
“I got grays, going bald,” Hall said at the interview’s end. “It’s a tribute to the path I’ve been on.”