DeAngelo Hall takes the blame again following loss by the Washington Redskins to the Dallas Cowboys

November 20, 2011

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall blamed himself for the Washington Redskins’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field Sunday and said he deserves to be cut.

After Redskins place kicker Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal in overtime, Washington forced Tony Romo and the Cowboys into third and 15 at the Redskins 49-yard line. But Romo completed a 26-yard pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant, who ran free after Hall slipped as he ran with the Cowboys wideout in coverage. Two plays later, Dan Bailey kicked the winning 39-yard field goal.

“Can’t slip. I’m the reason we lost the game. It’s tough to swallow,” Hall said. “Um, second time in a row against Dallas.”

Hall was referring to a 30-yard catch he gave up to Bryant on third and 21 in the fourth quarter of Washington’s Week 3 loss to the Cowboys. That play also set up the winning field goal.

Hall said he was especially disappointed in himself because the offense finally had found ways to score points and this week it was his unit that didn’t deliver the victory. Hall also said he didn’t perform up to his status as a defensive captain and one of the team’s highest-paid players and most outspoken players.

“You’ve got to walk the walk and talk the talk,” said Hall, who is earning $4.5 million this season. “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.

“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.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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