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DeAngelo Hall Continues to Channel Ahmad Hawkins

October 25, 2010

Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall was just a sophomore in high school in the fall of 1998.  Clearly he was watching when fellow 757-er Ahmad Hawkins beat Anthony Midget for a 47-yard game-winning touchdown on November 28th of that year.  Hawkins’ TD grab from Aaron Brooks with 2 minutes remaining would be enough to beat Hall’s future school in Blacksburg, capping a furious second-half comeback that started from a 29-7 intermission deficit.

After scoring, Hawkins slid to his knees and outstretched both arms.  He soaked in the feeling of victory at Lane Stadium, creating one of the most indelible images in Virginia football history-

12 years later, and Hall is still  using the celebratory move he took from the one-time arena-leaguer Hawkins, who played on both sides of the ball at Virginia…

Combine All-Stars

April 21, 2010

With this week’s trade for former Rams DL Adam Carriker, the Shan-Allen-han brain trust has increased the number for former first-round draft picks on the Washington Redskins’ roster to an even more astonishing number.  Not satisfied with a roster already full of mercenaries whose career highlights came in the jerseys of their former team, the new regime also seems interested in stockpiling talent which the pride of Jarrettsville once drooled over.  Carriker is the fifth former round-1 selection acquired in this offseason alone (bolded among the list of 14 on the roster below):

  1. Donovan McNabb (1999, #2)
  2. Mike Williams (2002, #4)
  3. LaRon Landry (2007, #6)
  4. Andre Carter (2001, #7)
  5. DeAngelo Hall (2004, #8)
  6. Carlos Rogers (2005, #9)
  7. Carriker (2007, #13)
  8. Brian Orakpo (2009, #13)
  9. Albert Haynesworth (2002, #15)
  10. Santana Moss (2001, #16)
  11. Phillip Buchanon (2002, #17)
  12. Rex Grossman (2003, #22)
  13. Jason Campbell (2005, #25)
  14. Larry Johnson (2003, #27)

If there’s no last-minute Thursday night trade, the #4 pick this year will be the 15th player on the roster that was once thought of as a top-30 prospect in his class.  Also in the mix is free agent Levi Jones (2002, #10), still listed as a Redskin on nfl.com.

Perhaps more disturbing, many of this offseason’s acquisitions did nothing (absolutely or virtually) last season:

  • Carriker, Maake Kemoeatu, Josh Bidwell, Anthony Bryant, Kory Lichtensteiger, Justin Medlock, Clint Oldenburg, Ryan Torain, Lee Vickers, and Roydell Williams
  • QB Grossman had just nine pass attempts
  • RB Willie Parker rushed for just 389 yards
  • OL Artis Hicks started just three games, the lowest total since his rookie year
  • CB Phillip Buchanon had no interceptions, after totaling 7 over the prior three seasons
  • DT Howard Green had no starts playing for his fifth NFL team
  • DE Greg Peterson played in just two games
  • TE Sean Ryan played in 10 games, but caught just 14 passes
  • RB Johnson had just 581 yards, after averaging more than 1,200 over the prior four seasons

Bruce Allen May be Overshooting

January 7, 2010

This Monday, new Redskins GM Bruce Allen – the former UR punter and “dedicated surfer, [who] commonly wore overalls and slippers to classes” in college – held a press conference to discuss the firing of HC Jim Zorn and the club’s next steps.

When talking about how the team will improve, he said “free agency will be a different crop than everybody’s used to because of the limitations with the uncapped year” and that “maybe some of our greatest improvements are our players that are already on the roster playing better.”  He added that “what we are looking for in a head coach is somebody that can lead these men that we have in our locker room to levels that they haven’t played to before.”

That would certainly make for a productive team, but just getting his players to levels they already have played to would be quite an accomplishment.  At a minimum, improving on 2009 performance would be a positive step.

RB Clinton Portis: averaged 4.7 yards/carry and 1,483 yards/season 2002-2005; 942 and 4.1 2006-2009; career-low 62 yards/game in 2009

CB DeAngelo Hall: Pro Bowl in 2005 & 2006; injuries, fights, and missed tackles in 2009

FB Mike Sellers: 7 TDs in 2005, Pro Bowl in 2008; missed blocks & drops in 2009

DT Albert Haynesworth: 2007 & 2008 Pro Bowler; injuries and squabbles in 2009

WR Santana Moss: 2002 & 2005 Pro Bowler, 7.5 TD/year 2002-2005; 4.5 TD/year 2006-2009; career-low 12.9 yards/catch in 2009

WR Antwaan Randle El: 0.3 fair catches / punt returns ratio and 5% fumble / punt return rate 2002-2008; 1.1 (more FC than returns) and 18%, with career-low 6.0 yards / punt return and 0 TD for first time in career in 2009

S LaRon Landry: Pro Bowl alternate 2007; penalties, missed tackles & first missed game of career in 2009

P Hunter Smith: 43.4 yards/punt 1999-2008; 41.3, with first missed games of career in 2009

 

DeAngelo Hall, a Loser’s Winner

November 13, 2009

Earlier in the week, we documented some of DeAngelo Hall’s infamy, both recent and historical.  One interesting side note has been that Hall has been one of (if not the) the most outspoken and visible Redskin since joining the squad last season.  Despite just getting to town, having a checked past, and now generally regarded as overpaid, it’s often Hall who is critiquing the team’s effort, the front office’s personnel moves, and answering the big questions… all in his three piece suit (or vest sans jacket).

Following the loss to Detroit in September, Hall said “You either want it or you don’t. A lot of these guys don’t want it. They want the other stuff.” 

Just this week, Hall said “Guys just have to go out there and give it their all. They have to care about it. They have to care more than just picking up a paycheck or putting on a uniform. They have to really care….We need a win so bad, and I don’t feel like everybody feels the same way I feel. I feel like we need a win so bad that food doesn’t even taste the same. I can’t even come home and hug my kids the same, because something’s not there. I feel a little empty.”

Two things jump out from these comments.  First, Hall recently signed a big contact himself, his second in as many years, and again doesn’t appear to have been worth the money.  He’s also an athlete who has said on record:

 As Chris Carter said – after referring to some of Hall’s tackles this year as “two-hand touch”: “If you’re gonna take the money, get a mask!

Second, what kind of record does Hall have to stand on when he talks about winning?  On Hall’s own blog he said he can’t wait to “show everyone I’m still a winner” and “all I’m about is winning games and picking passes. That’s it.” 

Well, he might want to find a new profession it ‘that’s it.’  In games which he has played, Hall’s teams have a combined regular-season winning percentage of 0.388 (31-49).  Far from great, but better than 13 of the NFL’s 32 teams at present (Miami, Buffalo, Cleveland, Tennessee, Oakland, Kansas City, Washington, Detroit, Carolina, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis).

However, when comparing the 16 games prior to his arrival and the 16 games after his arrival the results are striking.  Atlanta posted a significantly better record without Hall, both before and after.  Even dreadful Oakland actually improved slightly in the 16 games following Hall’s departure.  Washington was 10-6 in the 16 games prior to Hall joining the team, and been 4-11 with Hall.  Hard to believe it will be worse once this loss is cut…

 

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But don’t cry for DeAngelo.  He has been a winner in other pursuits, including the “NFL’s Fastest Man” at the 2006 Pro Bowl and a bet with Chad Johnson resulting in the latter’s head-shaving.

DeAngelo Hall: It Could Be Worse, Right?

November 11, 2009

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall made national headlines last weekend when he said Falcons HC Mike Smith of “put his hands on [me] in a harmful way” during a sideline skirmish and began “talking [stuff] to me. Saying he’ll kick my [butt] and all this other [stuff]. I definitely stay in Atlanta in the offseason. So if Mike Smith wants to see me, he can find me.”  Hall went on to say “I can’t wait for guys to sit back and watch the replay. I can’t wait to watch the replay. I’m going to be giving Commissioner [Roger] Goodell a call myself because something needs to be done about that.”

After 16 games in burgundy & gold (or white & white), many Redskin fans have grown tired of Hall’s predicable act on and off the field, falling in line with public opinion of Hall already held in both Atlanta & Oakland.  Since joining Washington, Hall:

  • hasn’t yet been spit on by TO after surrendering (in his own words) “a couple of nice catches, and you expect that.” 
    • but has been torched by Randy Moss, saying afterwards that “guys get paid to throw the ball and catch it just like we get paid to stop them… I couldn’t get around Randy’s body to break it up. But guys get paid to catch balls.”  He went on say “We were going up against some of the best guys at what they do… So you take it for what it was, obviously you want to do better.”
  • hasn’t yet attempted to fight any teammates
    • but has said it was “definitely a little disheartening” that his teammates were not there to help on the Falcons’ sideline last Sunday.  He went on: “Disappointment is too big of a word that I’m prepared to throw out there. Some guys are just built different.”
  • hasn’t yet ripped his GM or criticized management for roster moves he thinks are “asinine” and “ridiculous,” signifying that “everyone from the top down is kind of turning it in” and willing to “sit around and watch this ship sink.” 
    • but has criticized his moves that have left the team in “a little bit of desperation” and “a couple steps from getting ready to panic,” saying he doesn’t “know if we’ve got the right personnel here to do it” and “heading into the offseason and preseason we said we needed to address the offensive line… you can always have proven guys out there backing other guys up that have played in this league, have had starts in this league. That’s something we’re lacking.”
  • hasn’t yet been disciplined by the league for any Michael Vick tributes, and its unknown whether his own pit bulls (which once “literally chewed though their fence to escape” and “viscously attacked a man” resulting in six citations for Hall’s brother) have followed him to the Nation’s Capital.
    • but is happy Vick “got a second chance to prove to everybody he can still play” but that he’s “kind of sick we’ve got to see him twice a year but it comes with the territory. I know if we didn’t see him twice a year somebody was going to have to see him twice a year so at least I guess I can say what’s up to him before the game.”
  • hasn’t yet had a three-penalty (for 67 yards) drive leading to a confrontation with his HC, like he did while trying to cover Steve Smith in 2007 (Hall, on a previous Smith TD: “I didn’t think he had much success against me… Obviously, he broke that one. Bad tackling. Fluke play. You do it 10 times, I make that play nine times. So besides that one fluke play, the guy didn’t have that much success against me.”)
    • but has said that the two “went from being good friends to [enemies who] don’t talk” before this year’s game against Smith & the Panthers, in which Carolina QB Jake Delhomme “who appeared to be stopped by Hall after a six-yard gain, dragged Hall for three more yards and a first down.”  Smith, for his part, said of Hall: “Some people are lower than others on the totem pole by age, performance and talk… when you’re the court jester and you’re talking to the king, you have to do stuff like that. But other than that, I’m not going to play games with little kids. There’s no reason to. When you talk you obviously are insecure about something and if you talk long enough, you will hang yourself. And obviously he pointed out things that are in his craw and in his collar… “This ain’t no relationship, sweetheart. I’ve only got two relationships – one with my Lord and savior and one with my wife.”
  • hasn’t yet had his game critiqued as sharply by ESPN talking heads as in the past, via Len Pasquarelli (“he has played steadily but not as spectacularly as he did a year ago, and it is obvious he presses too often to make the big play… Hall has tried to cover everyone’s position instead of simply concentrating on his own job.”) and John Clayton (Hall “struggled from the start of the season as he adjusted to the Raiders’ man-to-man defense.”), or by STATS, Inc. (“In his eight games in Oakland, Hall was beaten 40 times for 552 yards on 66 passes thrown his way… he gave up more yards than any defender this season and was tied for third worst in catches allowed.)
    • but has faced the brunt of fans and local media for his tackling – notably key plays on Giants’ WR Mario Manningham, the aforementioned Delhomme, and Falcons’ RB Michael Turner.  WP writer Jason Reid says “obviously, Hall is not among the NFL’s top tackling corners. That’s just the way it is.”  Even Hall himself said after Week 1 “I feel like the guy that just couldn’t make a play to save my life… I was actually beat on the play… I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and work on some things… we definitely need to tackle better, myself probably No. 1 on that list… I even made a stupid mistake on special teams, you know, got a block in the back. So all around, I just didn’t execute and play to my ability at all.”
    • and has seen a photo of him accompany a national AP story on poor tackling in the NFL, and a follow-up blog post on Shutdown Corner.  In the story, safeties coach Steve Jackson says “A lot of people don’t tackle now because of the salary cap” and drills that have players get in position to tackle but let up “train yourself to ‘just miss… and now [in a game] you have untrain yourself in a manner of split seconds.”  Secondary coach Jerry Gray told the WP in describing Hall, “It’s not a lot of premium [on] putting in a lot of tackling and things. You want to be able to get the guy down. But right now turnovers [are] big.”