One more note from Darrell Green’s conversation with DeAngelo Hall: the current cornerback traced his success this season to the final regular season game of the 2012 season, when he blanketed Dez Bryant in a Washington victory.
“I think for me, being cut, you almost got a chip on your shoulder,” Hall told Green. “You’ve never been in that situation before, but I’ve been unlucky, in the sense that it’s happened to me twice. And both times, I came out back against the wall, fighting. I told these coaches, when they were thinking about bringing me back in, I was like well, you’re gonna get a guy who’s highly motivated. I think last year we tried so much to put me around the ball – put you in at nickel, put you in at safety, put you here at corner. And in trying to put me around the ball, they actually took me away from the ball.
“I think what they saw in that last game against Dallas last year, they was like ‘Listen, we’re gonna put you on the best guy, and just challenge guys to throw it at you. That way the ball has to come [your] way. If they don’t, then they don’t stand a chance to win the game.’
“I’m like alright, that’s cool. And in doing that, I had to kind of relinquish some of my nickel duties. I had to give them all to Josh Wilson, which he loves to death. He thinks he’s a better nickel than me anyway. But I relish the opportunity of just going out there and just challenging guys.”
Hall also talked at great length about his decision to come back to the Redskins.
“I didn’t want to feel like a hired gun,” he said. “I didn’t want to bounce around. I had a couple teams I could have went to long-term deals, a lot of teams wanted one year deals. And I sat down with my wife and I was just like I don’t’ want to bounce to one team and then end up somewhere else right after that. I want to go somewhere where I feel like I’ve been there the majority of my career….
“The reason we were in that cap situation, I wouldn’t say it was my fault, but I took up a little bit of that money. Me and Haynesworth, in that uncapped year, they pushed a lot of our money into that uncapped year which ended up costing them the cap penalty. So I kind of felt a little bit to blame for that. I wasn’t the one saying, hey, let’s do this, but it was some of my money.
“So for me, it wasn’t about the money. I’ve been fortunate enough in this league to make a lot of money. In Oakland, I played eight games and got $9 million. So for me it wasn’t really about that. It was about being with a group of coaches, a group of players that I felt comfortable with.”