Losing in the NFL usually leads to the proverbial finger-pointing by media and fans to figure out “Who done it?” After Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall jumped the route on the situation and put the blame squarely on his own shoulders.
His conclusion was, that for his cost vs. provided value, he would cut himself from the roster.
On Wednesday, he softened his words, but didn’t back down from his assertion that this team needs to be more accountable.
“If I’m the only one that feels that they could improve on their performance, then we’ve got a problem,” he said, bluntly. ”That needs to be the echo from everyone in this locker room. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard, because that’s the only way we’re gonna get a win.”
It’s been a down year for Hall, statistically speaking, who has 72 tackles and two takeaways through 10 games. In 2010, he finished with 112 tackles and eight takeaways (six interceptions).
But no matter what the stat sheets, highlight reels, and critics are saying, Hall has maintained his high level of confidence.
And his post-game comments? Dude, he’s fine:
“I had all these dudes from around the league calling me, and I was like, ‘Dude, I’m not on suicide watch,’” he said. ”I mean, it was amazing just the reaction that I didn’t think it was gonna get. I had guys like [Larry] Fitzgerald, [Ben] Roethlisberger, Chad Johnson–different guys calling me to try to encourage me.”
[That's 'Chad Ochocinco' to the rest of us.]
“I was like, ‘Dude, I am fine,’” he repeated. ”My mom’s calling me, and she’s like, ‘Are you okay?’ And I’m like, ‘Mom! I’m good.’”
Head coach Mike Shanahan said after practice today that he appreciated Hall’s ability to step up and take accountability for a loss.
“He was disappointed in a couple of plays during the game and I like the way he handled himself,” Shanahan said. ”He has a lot of emotion, wanted to make the play, put the blame on himself. I think that’s what winners do.”
Hall stood by those sentiments today:
“If they’re gonna point a finger, I’d rather they point it at me than anybody else,” Hall said today. ”We don’t need anybody going in the tank or feeling bad about theirselves. We need the best performance out of everybody.”
“I’m the type of guy that can take that, I’ve taken it before,” he concluded. ”I’ve won some games, I’ve lost some games. It’s part of the business.”
Catch his full comments, below: Read more »
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While the team may not be moving in the right direction in the division standings, the players are getting more recognition for their efforts. This week’s ESPN’s Dan Graziano’s “All-NFC East Team” features six Redskins’ positions, an increase from last week’s five.
The big man on campus? Ryan Kerrigan knocked off Mathias Kiwanuka for the outside linebacker position, reclaiming the perch that he had following the first two weeks of the season.
Altogether, there were nine Cowboys, six Giants, six Eagles and six Redskins.
Here’s the full list of Redskins:
Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)
Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)
Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins (Ware, Mathias Kiwanuka)
Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)
Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
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In this week’s segment of ProFootballWeekly.com’s “Rookie Meter” by Kevin Fishbain, Redskins outside linebacker rises to fourth on the list.
Bear in mind that Kerrigan was selected 16th overall in April’s NFL Draft, and has been surpassed by only one pick lower than him (Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton). In an increasingly pass-happy league, it’s the quarterbacks and the guys that stop the quarterbacks that make the most impact on the game, and Kerrigan has certainly done that for Washington.
The three players in front of him are:
1. Broncos OLB Von Miller (first round, second overall pick)
Last week’s ranking: 1
2. Panthers QB Cam Newton (1, 1)
Last week’s ranking: 2
3. Bengals QB Andy Dalton (2, 35)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Fishbain’s explanation for the rise from No. 6 last week:
4. Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan (1, 16)
Last week’s ranking: 6
Kerrigan notched another sack and two QB hits in Washington’s overtime loss to the Cowboys. He is tied for third among rookies in sacks and is first in forced fumbles. Kerrigan gets the edge over Aldon Smith with his 45 tackles on the season.
Kerrigan has been on a roll, notching at least one sack in each of his last three weeks. If there is such thing as a “rookie wall,” Kerrigan intends to avoid that like a right tackle: Read more »
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Following a players-only meeting last week, the Redskins responded by posting their best offensive performance since September, in a game that required extra time to decide. For some prognosticators, that was enough for the Redskins to stay put on their weekly power rankings.
For some, it was actually enough to rise up the list.
And for others, it was a short slip towards the bottom of the barrel.
Check out your Thanksgiving buffet of Week 12 power rankings:
CBSSports.com gave the Redskins No. 26, dropping from No. 22 last week:
FoxSports.com elevated the Redskins to No. 24, up from No. 28 last week:
NBC/Profootballtalk.com unsurprisingly dropped the Redskins to No. 30, down from last week’s No. 29:
ESPN.com held the Redskins at No. 26, same as last week’s No. 26:
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