Before launching into yet more DeAngelo Hall transcription, some background.
The Kevin and Rock show on 106.7 The Fan features part-time radio hosts who are self-described fans of the team. They’ve sometimes been accused of being softer on the team than the professionals. And yet during Sunday’s post-game show both men were being harshly critical of the team, with Rocky Parrish specifically calling out DeAngelo Hall for running his mouth after a sideline tackle.
At which point Hall began texting with Kevin Shafer to defend himself. A few minutes later, he called into the show. Before he could talk, the hosts talked about how frustrated and discouraged they are as fans. So the emotions were kind of high to begin with.
“I understand the magnitude of this,” Hall said. “You’ve got to remember, I’m from here. I grew up watching them win. So this losing, it’s frustrating. You know what I’m saying, it’s definitely frustrating. To be 100 percent honest, I don’t know where it’s coming from, I don’t know how we can get better.
“But I know I’m out there giving it everything I’ve got. I’m taking on 300-pound tackles because they want me to freaking come stop the run. You know what I mean, I’m doing whatever I can. A couple passes completed on my side. We’re in three-deep. We’re in three-deep, supposed to have somebody [come help], it didn’t happen, and then we come on the sideline — alright, well, let’s play it like man. Alright, cool coach, next time let’s CALL man, you know what I mean? Like, let’s not play around with it. If we’re gonna do what we gonna do, let’s just do it, let’s just get it done.”
Then Parrish said that they’ve heard from other players that the Redskins coaches never ask players for feedback on defensive calls. Hall sighed.
“I mean, it’s probably not as much as you would like, you know what I mean?” he said. “Like, I made the statement to my coaches, I’ve been in this league for eight years. I’ve been to four Pro Bowls. I’ve seen a lot. I kind of know what’s going on, I kind of know how to prepare, I know what to expect, and I would like to be able to go in and say hey, let’s do this, let’s do that. But that’s not my role here, you know what I mean, that’s not what they want. They want me to go out there, play what they say and keep it moving.”
The follow-up suggested that this wasn’t fair to players, especially if they’re being put in bad positions, but Hall didn’t take that bait, instead backing up the team concept.
“I mean, sometimes you got to swallow your pride, sometimes it’s a bigger picture,” he said. “Yeah, this might not put you in the best position, but it’s gonna put this guy in the best position, or this guy or we’re thinking they’re gonna do this, so it’s gonna put the other nine guys in the best position, and that’s ultimately what it’s about....
“We’re trying to stop the run. We knew they was a running team, so a lot of those coverages we ran were run-stopping coverages. It probably didn’t work as good as we wanted them to, because Frank Gore was still somehow finding creases and gaps and sliding through, but that was the defense we called.”
(Via @BravoJohnnyDC and thanks to 106.7 for the audio.)