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DeAngelo Hall Says That Every Week Is An Audition

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2010 – 4:10 pm

DeAngelo Hall came short of saying that the season is over, but the players all realize what a longshot a postseason run is right now. “We gotta win the games we play, and the other guys out there gotta lose. There’s no real secret formula or anything we can concoct other than that,”Hall said. “I feel like we’re already at the point where it’s ‘too many,’ you know? Too many things gotta happen for us to get in there and make the playoffs…. You would like to write your own fate, you know? You’d like to win some of the games we lost and be able to write your own fate. But that didn’t happen.”

Let me make clear, because that quote looks MUCH worse written out than it sounded, that Hall was not by any stretch giving up on the season. He was just pointing out in his matter-of-fact way that the Redskins are very, very close to the point of no return on this season.

And, in fact, his most interesting observations came when someone asked how players could avoid checking out mentally if the season was all but lost.

“They check out, they won’t be here,” Hall said, still matter-of-fact. “That’s kinda where we’re at.”
Hall continued, “That’s where we’re at with this ownership, that’s where we’re at with the coaches we have, the front office we have set in place. If they sit back and they watch film and they see guys not giving it their all or they see guys not practicing or laying down or, you know, staying in the training room when they should be out there on the practice field, they’ll see that.”

And it’s not a process that’s just begun, Hall was quick to make clear. “This coaching staff has done a great job of already seeing that and kinda trying to weed some of those guys out, some of those personalities out,” Hall said. “It’s a constant audition, week in and week out, a constant audition. This staff demands perfection, and if you can’t give it to them, they’ll find somebody who can.”

The coaching tape, Hall explained, doesn’t just show missed assignments or athletic ability. It also reveals effort — and, once things reach a certain point, that effort might be the MOST important thing the tape shows. “The eye in the sky doesn’t lie,” Hall said. “The coaches go back, they’ll continually watch film. They see guys’ effort — you can find out a lot about a person when their fate’s already written and they’re still working hard, still giving it their all. Hopefully it doesn’t get to that, but if it does, this team should still be out there fighting, scrapping, clawing to knock somebody else off.”

Later, in response to a seemingly unrelated question, Hall got to talking about one of the most recent changes, and how it can look from the inside.

“Sadly enough,” Hall said, “to see Joey Galloway get released was definitely tough, was definitely hard. But we had been getting Terrence Austin out there in practice, and, like, man, this kid can PLAY. So to finally see him out there on the football field, and finally see him playing … you know, we’re excited for him. And that’s what we need. We need young energetic guys who wanna go out there and give their all. Not saying Joey didn’t, but Joey’s been around this game a long time and maybe it was his time to go. So sad enough, didn’t want to see him go, but we definitely love seeing Terrence Austin out there playing for us too.”

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