Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he was surprised to hear that he had won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.
Hall learned of the award on Wednesday, three days after he recorded five tackles, six pass break-ups and an interception in the Redskins’ 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Hall’s interception came with 44 seconds left in the game as the Seahawks attempted to mount a last-minute game-winning drive.
Hall was pleased to come up with his second pick of the season, but more prominent in his mind was dropping at least one other would-be interception arlier in the game.
“A lot of dropped picks. Definitely dropped a couple gifts,” Hall said before admitting surprise that he won the award. “Definitely. I didn’t realize I had seven pass breakups. I definitely remembered dropping a couple picks, but didn’t expect this at all.”
Hall’s performance came a week after he said he deserved to be cut by the team for giving up an overtime catch to Dez Bryant that set up the Dallas Cowboys for a game-winning field goal.
In the days following the game, however, Hall said he remained confident in his skills, however, and that he hoped to get the chance to redeem himself. He got it Sunday.
“It feels good to respond the way you’re supposed to,” Hall said before crediting his teammates with some of his success. “Guys came out and hit them in the mouth. We gave up some plays, but we definitely made more than we gave up. Any time you hold a team like that to 252 yards of offense, and our offense came out and put points on the board, you’ve got a chance to win the game.”
Up next is a stiff challenge from the New York Jets and receivers Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes.
“We on the corners will be challenged. We’ll be challenged by Santonio and Plaxico and their tight end. We’ve got to man up and stop their passing game,” Hall said.
The cornerback believes that if Washington can shut down New York’s running game, he and Josh Wilson will get the opportunity to make more plays because of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s inconsistency under pressure.
“He doesn’t take as many chances as much as he just gets confused sometimes,” Hall said of Sanchez, who has 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions “A lot of times he just comes out and stares a receiver down, tries to throw him the ball. He puts it on those guys to make plays. They haven’t made as many plays this year as they have in previous years. But they’re definitely a capable offense and can put points on the board.”