Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers recently suggested that blame for the current state of the Redskins “starts with ownership.”
Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall has gotten more specific. And in his effort to push some of the blame away from coach Jim Zorn, Hall has not-so-gracefully nudged it toward the upper reaches of the organization.
“I think a lot of people made the comment, ‘[Zorn’s] not out there
playing in the games,'” Hall said Wednesday, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post. “That’s the truth of the matter. If
you want to blame someone, look at the film. Look at the guys who are
out there trying to play. We haven’t been doing a great job, bottom
line, we haven’t been doing a great job. I think the blame lies with
us. I think the blame lies with us. I think we’re the ones out there
playing every day, practicing, trying to do the right thing, but I
don’t know if we’ve got the right personnel here to do it.”
Frankly, we think the personnel is just fine. If they would maxmize their talents and play as a team, they wouldn’t be 2-3. And the blame in this regard rests with the coach.
Hall specifically complained about the lack of depth. “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.”
Specifically, Hall pointed to the replacement of injured left tackle Chris Samuels with D’Anthony Batiste as “a big drop-off, that’s a big drop-off.”
But maybe they wouldn’t be lacking in depth if Hall had taken less than $23 million guaranteed in February. That way, the Redskins would have had more cash and cap space available to acquire better personnel at key backup positions.
Then again, maybe the decision to give Hall that huge contract is all the evidence we need to conclude that, when it comes to personnel decisions, the Redskins really don’t know what they’re doing.