Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall – known as an opinionated, outspoken player, who doesn’t shy away from criticizing coaches’ decisions – was as frustrated as anyone in the Redskins’ locker room following Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
But Hall, who gave up a third-and-15 pass to Dallas receiver Dez Bryant to set up the game-winning field goal, placed the blame for Washington’s sixth straight loss squarely on himself.
In the last meeting with Dallas, Hall gave up a 30-yard pass to Bryant on third-and-21 to set up the winning field goal. He said that after giving up the deciding play in two straight losses to the Cowboys, he believes he isn’t playing up to a level worthy of his $4.5 million salary. Hall also said that he deserves to be cut.
The full transcript of Hall’s post-game remarks follows:
On what happened on the third-and-15 pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant in overtime:
“Yeah, I slipped, but can’t slip. Can’t slip. I’m the reason we lost the game. It’s tough to swallow. Um, second time in a row against Dallas. Definitely a little [angry] at myself. It’s hard to swallow, period. One, because it’s the Cowboys, two, because it’s a win and we done lost what, six in row? We’d lost five in a row up until that point and any time the offense puts points on the board like that, we’ve got to win the game. We’ve got to win the game. We’ve been...complaining all week about – or over the past couple weeks about – them putting up 10 points, 12 points, nine points and they come out here and put up 24 and we don’t win the game. It’s definitely frustrating from the defensive standpoint because the plays they got were plays that we messed up on. We messed up on the one to Dez [Bryant] earlier in the game, and it’s just things we can’t do as a defense.”
On what happened on the Jason Witten touchdown:
“It was just, you know, it was cover-two zone, somebody dropped and somebody should’ve been running with him through the whole course of the play. Somebody dropped him and that was probably the one play Fletch missed, because he was cramping up a little bit, but the next guy that’s comes in has to make that play.
On whether he takes it harder because he’s such an outspoken leader on the team:
“You’ve got to walk the walk and talk the talk. I’ve been talking the talk to these guys and I’ve been expecting the best out of them and them to rise out of the occasion, and when the opportunity presents itself for myself and I don’t go out there and make the play, it’s definitely frustrating. We made corrections and changes from what we did the first Dallas game, it felt like to put me in better position to make that play, and to still not make that play, it’s hilarious. It’s funny. I sit back and think and think about that play. I don’t know. We’re going to have to figure out a way for me to make that play.”
On whether it’s more frustrating because Bryant made the play again::
“Not really, it’s just a play I’ve got to make regardless of the down and distance.”
On the frustration of not living up to the expectations of being a playmaker:
“It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating, but I can’t point a finger at anybody but myself. The way I’m playing, they need to go and cut me because I’m definitely not worth what I’m getting. It’s frustrating. Hopefully they see something in me and they bring me back next year. But the way things are going right now, I’m definitely not playing up to par.”
On whether he thought he struggled throughout the game:
“Nah, not necessarily. I felt like I had a good game up until that point, but when you’re paying a guy the type of money that I’m making, you expect him to make that play. And like I said, two times in a row, I would cut myself if I was in the front office.”
On what he could’ve done differently on the crucial pass to Bryant:
“I played it good. Great play by Romo, great play by the receiver. But I can’t keep coming in here telling y’all the same damn thing. I told y’all that the last time. I can’t keep saying that. It was a great play, but it wasn’t that amazing a play, so, it was a good play by both of those guys, but it’s a play that in practice I make and I’ve made before. So, like I said, if I’m evaluating the stuff from the front office, I might be the first one to run myself out.”