The Patriots scored touchdowns on both possessions.
“You got to look at yourself and say, ‘Hey, I got to play at a higher level,’ ” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “That’s what he did today. . . . The one interception he made was a fantastic play.”
Hall was hard on himself after giving up big plays late against Dallas that helped the Cowboys sweep the Redskins this season. In a moment of frustration, Hall said if he were in charge of the Redskins, he would release himself.
Hall has had high highs, too.
He was selected the NFC’s defensive player of the week after he defended six passes, made five tackles and picked off a pass during the Redskins’ 23-17 Week 12 road victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
And opposing coaches and players have praised Hall often for his play. “I just expect more out of myself. A couple of plays, I feel like I should have made, would have gave us a chance to win that game [against the Patriots]. But I feel like I’m playing good football, man. I’ve just been extra critical of myself at times.”
Reality is, with today’s NFL rules, there’s no longer such a thing as a true shutdown corner. The league’s leaders and their high-paying television partners enjoy big passing plays. It’s good for business.
Hall is the Redskins’ best corner and he makes plays. Sure, he’s temperamental at times. But the Redskins definitely need him.
“If you look at his body of work as a whole, he’s having a pretty solid season,” special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander said. “Of course, when you’re a corner, and you’re out there on an island and give up a big play, people think you’re the worst thing ever. But D Hall is a competitor. He’s gonna continue to make big plays.”
It was a good game for Hall. Maybe he’ll even make it two in a row.
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