Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he stood by his harsh assessment of himself following Sunday’s loss to Dallas – a rant in which Hall said if he ran the Redskins, he would cut himself – but said he remained confident.
Hall was furious at himself for slipping on a pass in overtime to receiver Dez Bryant that set up the Cowboys’ winning field goal.
“I wear the ‘C’ on my chest for a reason,” Hall said Wednesday. “I hold myself to a higher standard than a lot of other people. That was definitely a play I felt like I should’ve made, we should’ve made as a team.
“I told somebody: People think I’m on suicide watch. I’m perfectly fine. Still swagged out. Still feel like I’m one of the best in the game. I just made that statement because there’s a couple plays this season – I haven’t had a lot of chances to make plays, and when the chance presents itself, I want to make it, and to not make it is definitely kind of frustrating for us.”
Hall said he was surprised at the reaction his words generated around the league. He said he heard from several stars – including Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis – who saw what he said on television.
“I’m like, ‘Dude, I am fine,’” Hall said. “My mom’s calling me. She’s like, ‘Are you okay?’ I’m like, ‘Mom, I’m good.’ If they’re going to point the finger, I’d rather they point it at me than anybody else. We don’t need anybody else going in the tank, or feeling bad about theirselves. We need the best performance out of everybody. I’m the kind of guy, I mean, I can take that. I’ve taken it before. I’ve won some games. I’ve lost some games.’”
Hall’s six-interception season a year ago got him to the Pro Bowl, and he won the MVP award there. He has only one interception this season, but he said he is overall comfortable with his performance.
“I don’t sit back and look at every single ball and say, ‘Oh, that was my fault,’” Hall said. “Some balls it’s zone. Some balls it’s combo coverage where somebody else is supposed to have something, you take away something else. There was a couple times in the [Dallas] game where balls were caught either on me or on my side. If somebody say it’s on me, that’s fine. I’m not going to argue about that. The coaches upstairs know what’s behind the game plan and what we’re trying to do. But you just kind of look at the overall performance. How could you get better?”