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DeAngelo Hall's rough return to Atlanta

Earlier this week, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall couldn’t predict the response he’d get in his return to the Georgia Dome, home of the team with which he spent four seasons.

“They are not introducing us in that stadium, so I don’t know if I’m going to bet booed or applauded,” Hall told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Now Hall knows:  He was booed.

And it got worse.  Hall, who also made an unjustified attack on the credibility of G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, found himself in the middle of a skirmish on the Falcons’ sideline.  Hall emerged by whining about the way he was treated.

“It’s different when a coach comes over there to break guys up,” Hall said after the game  “When a
coach comes over there to put his hands on you in a harmful way,
something needs to be done about that. . . .  I’m going to
call Commissioner Goodell.  Ray Anderson used to be with Atlanta.  I know
him very well from there.  He’s the vice president [of football
operations] over there in the league office.  I’ll definitely going to
be calling some of my friends to figure out what we can do about the
situation.”

Hall specifically directed his complaints at coach Mike Smith and director of athletic performance Jeff Fish.

“[Smith] put his hands on me in a harmful way, talking about how he’s going
to kick my [butt] and all this other [stuff], and that ain’t how you do
things,” Hall said.  “It’s a different story if he’s coming in there to break a fight
up. . . .  It’s a different thing when you come
in and try to break things up, as opposed to coming in and trying to
put your hands on somebody.  Fish had the nerve to signal to me on the
sideline how strong he is.  Because he was putting his hands on me, pushing me,
you know what I mean?  Pushing and grabbing at me and all this other
[stuff].  Like I said, something is going to be done about it.  Trust me. 
Trust me.  Trust me.”

Smith didn’t specifically deny the allegations, but his explain strongly suggests that Smith’s position is that he did nothing wrong.

“Those sidelines are very, very hectic during a game,” Smith said.  “Our quarterback was hit late and there was a [skirmish] over there. 
All I was trying to do was restore order to the sideline and did not
want to get into a situation where any of our guys were injured.  That
was my view of it.  Again, it happened so very, very quickly. . . .

“There
were a bunch of guys on that sideline,” Smith said after being told by a reporter that it appeared he got in Hall’s face.  “Some of them were wearing black
helmets and some were wearing maroon helmets. I can’t tell you anything
more about it.  It was very, very hectic on that sideline.  There were a
lot of things going on and my main goal was for the safety of our
football team and restoring order.”

OK, enough with the words.  Here’s the video, from NFL.com.  Someone in street clothes grabs Hall by the shirt, and Smith eventually does get in Hall’s face.  And Smith is livid at the time.

In fact, it appears at one point that Smith tries to throw a subtle elbow at Hall’s face mask.

So while we think that Hall usually is full of hot air, he actually has a point here.  Smith seems to have crossed the proverbial line.  Though it wasn’t Woody Hayes revisited, Smith and every NFL coach should be riding a higher road.

That said, the only thing possibly harmed on Hall was his pride.  But shouldn’t he be used to that by now?

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42 Responses to “DeAngelo Hall's rough return to Atlanta”
  1. swervinmervin says: Nov 8, 2009 6:29 PM

    ME-Angelo is one of THE WORST CBs in the game today. He’s soft too. I think Mike Smith would’ve taken him. Jeff Fish easily would’ve worked him too. Hall’s weak.

  2. wdhart3 says: Nov 8, 2009 6:36 PM

    Just like players get suspended for these types of activities, so should coaches. There was only one “maroon” helmets over there and neither Atlanta coach was trying to defuse the situation.

  3. Paulitik says: Nov 8, 2009 6:39 PM

    Coach Smith rules. I’m sure that DHall ran to Atlanta’s bench to exchange pleasantries for a hard fought first half. Whatever.

  4. kirkmall84 says: Nov 8, 2009 6:48 PM

    Why is this cry baby loser still in the NFL? His skills are pathetic. He is the worst player in the NFL but he keeps shooting his mouth off. I can’t wait until he is out of sports. I just hope to God that some network doesn’t give this idiot a job. I would have to quit watching football.

  5. Kidekk says: Nov 8, 2009 6:50 PM

    You follow football, right? So you would know that D. Hall is one of the most candid players, right? Maybe he used to be full of hot air, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s called research. You should try it sometime.

  6. Igottz5onit says: Nov 8, 2009 6:52 PM

    I thought Smith getting in Hall’s face was awesome. Hall is a POS that tried to hurt Matt Ryan when he was well out of bounds. Then he started jabbering with the Falcons and Smith didn’t like it so he put Hall in his place. Justice served. What a crybaby.

  7. DukeBunswalker says: Nov 8, 2009 6:52 PM

    As a lifetime Falcons fan, I found Hall to be part of the same kind of Michael Vick negativity/fiasco we needed to separate ourselves from. I’m glad he’s gone. Good luck on the Redskins, glad to see that’s working out well for ya.

  8. Apetits says: Nov 8, 2009 6:56 PM

    That DeAngelo, he’s always thinking. I would have never thought of using the old “crying to mommy Goodell after getting roughed up by a geriatric old man” angle to boost my street cred, but wow…he nailed it. Spread the word – don’t mess with DeAngelo or he’s gonna tell on you!

  9. Living_Legend says: Nov 8, 2009 6:58 PM

    Fine + games for that trash. Smith is a moron..Halls is just a bitch.

  10. wdhart3 says: Nov 8, 2009 7:03 PM

    If D. Hall is such a POS, how many yards did R. White or Jenkins have today on Hall??? anyone??

  11. Rich says: Nov 8, 2009 7:10 PM

    Igottz5onit – “Hall is a POS that tried to hurt Matt Ryan when he was well out of bounds. Then he started jabbering with the Falcons and Smith didn’t like it so he put Hall in his place.” Wow guess you didn’t even watch the game, it was Landry that hit him. He was trying to get Landry out of the sea of Falcons. Nice analysis. He talks too much sure but he wasn’t being dirty.

  12. Apetits says: Nov 8, 2009 7:12 PM

    “# Kidekk says: November 8, 2009 6:50 PM
    You follow football, right? So you would know that D. Hall is one of the most candid players, right? Maybe he used to be full of hot air, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s called research. You should try it sometime.”
    ——————————————————
    Yeah, Florio, you big stupid! Didn’t you bother to look right next to “Tackles” on Hall’s stat sheet? If you did, you’d see that his “Candor” stats are off the frickin’ charts, you ignorant S.O.B. Get it right next time, and quit making Kidekk mad, you big meanie.

  13. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Nov 8, 2009 7:21 PM

    There is a reason the Falcons cut Hall. This showed why it was a good idea. Hall clearly has not grown up or changed in any way.

  14. ninjapleazee says: Nov 8, 2009 7:30 PM

    LOL.. where’s all the Blache lovers from the other Post… Turner 166 yards.. LOL.. GREAT DEFENSE REDSKINS!!! ahahaha… Like I stated before, get ready for another coaching change in Washington end of the year.. ahahha..
    Me Angelo = THE MOST OVERPAID USELESS CB IN THE GAME

  15. The Van Buren Boys says: Nov 8, 2009 7:31 PM

    DeAangelo, you have now informed everyone in the league that you, sir, are a SNITCH!

  16. 47fan says: Nov 8, 2009 7:39 PM

    haha yeah #1 pass defense in the league. not saying hall is the best but def not the worst. hall dont like them and they dont like hall so thats what happens

  17. Hugh says: Nov 8, 2009 7:40 PM

    D. Hall being a douchenozzle again? Call me surprised. Seriously, he should have been ejected from the game for this crap. He wasn’t even a part of this play (no surprise there).
    He’s always been more talk than action. Too bad he thinks he’s only half a good as he thinks he is. Keep over paying for douchenozzles like D. Hall, Redskins.
    Remember, Jake Delhomme burned him. JAKE DELHOMME!!!!!
    What a joke!

  18. snnyjcbs says: Nov 8, 2009 7:41 PM

    Hall is a Punk and he tells you a bunch about why the Raiders of the past so many years were so soft. They brought in way to many players like Hall, all mouth and no go.
    They have been doing better by clearing out Punks like Hall. You go to someone elses sideline talking shit you better be man enough to back your play. And if something goes down and you come out on the short end after you started it you walk away like a man.
    You do not turn into a cry baby and run off to snitch, he is pure Punk.

  19. bofarr says: Nov 8, 2009 7:43 PM

    You’re right wdhart3, the way the Skins stuffed Turner it’s a good thing MeAngelo Hall was so integral to shutting down the Atlanta passing attack. What’s that? Turner had over 150 yds and Hall waved him waved him by then jogged down the filed trailing two long TD runs?
    Oh yeah. Never mind.
    Nothing like seeing the mighty Hogs wallow in mediocrity dragged down by one of the worst owners in sport, good thing Angelos has the Orioles and Snyder at least has a chance of not being the most clueless owner in the Potomac River Basin.

  20. wdhart3 says: Nov 8, 2009 7:45 PM

    LiveNBreatheFootball says:
    November 8, 2009 7:21 PM
    There is a reason the Falcons cut Hall. This showed why it was a good idea. Hall clearly has not grown up or changed in any way.
    This is why some people need to read the comments, instead of posting and showing how much of an idiot they are are!! D. Hall was traded fool to Oakland from Atlanta. Oakland released him, Atlanta traded him. IDIOT!

  21. MrHumble says: Nov 8, 2009 7:48 PM

    Hall is a classless puss…..he’s wearing the helmet and pads and he’s afraid of a 50 something head coach. Hall’s past actions certainly don’t provide him with much cred either…….what a bitch he is, and he deserves to be bitch slapped.

  22. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 8, 2009 8:05 PM

    snnyjcbs: Have you ever posted anything factual in your life?
    Here’s a better question, do you actually watch the games, or do you just show up here and start spewing bullshit?

  23. Richm2256 says: Nov 8, 2009 8:06 PM

    Hall came to the aid of his teamate Landry, who had just laid the cheapest of shots on Ryan, right in front of the Falcons bench ….. did he expect people to hug him??? They were PISSED!!!!
    What is it with these pussified, candy-assed players this year all of a sudden complaining about a coach cussing them out, especially the opposing coach of the quarterback Hall’s teamate just cheap-shotted?
    Waaaah, coach just swore at me ….. waaaahh Mr. Goodell!!!!!

  24. FireJerryJones says: Nov 8, 2009 8:23 PM

    What a moron.
    The commish should fine Snyder for paying him ao much… and have Zorn fired for playing him.

  25. DanSnyder says: Nov 8, 2009 8:24 PM

    Hall didn’t do anything at all. That’s the side of the field he covers and landry had a late hit out of bounds (which If you looked closely landry actually makes contact before he steps out of bounds). As soon as the hit happened hall was there and assistant coaches started grabbing him and then the players. He didn’t do anything. The whole mess was started by the Falcons yet they didnt get a single penalty called from that.
    I thought that was a joke but it doesnt take anything away from atlanta beating the skins. I’d be worried about my team is I was a falcons fan though. The redskins actually finished with more yards and 7 of the 31 points came from turnovers. Redskins offense has been making every defense look #1 yet the falcons couldn’t do a damn thing in the 3rd quarter to stop the skins. Skins didn’t have cooley, portis, or 3/5ths of their starters on oline in the game.

  26. Sporkdevil says: Nov 8, 2009 8:29 PM

    Oh my god! I can’t believe Hall has something to say!
    Whatever. He’s garbage. He was also to blame for two big Turner runs due to either lazy tackling, bad tackling, or just both. And what is it with every team Hall is on turns to hot garbage? I mean, it’s probably a coincidence. Probably.
    Conclusion: Smitty is THE man, and Hall is a yet again a big cry baby who, other than his missed tackles and this fight, I didn’t notice him on the field once.

  27. JKAFLAGG says: Nov 8, 2009 9:04 PM

    Granted, Smitty and Fish probably should have let the players deal with it…as anyone who’s played football knows, if your team decides to hit the other team’s QB late on his sideline, you better be ready to man up…..apparently MeAngelo just wanted to yap rather than hit, as usual…..
    However, the most striking thing about the entire incident is MeAngelo’s focus on what happened to HIM on the sidelines, as opposed to any concern whatsoever that his team lost by 14…..as usual, it’s all about him. Thanks again that one of Dimitroff’s first actions was to ship him out of town last year…..we got the draft picks, Oakland and Washington got the yapping and locker room cancer that is MeAngelo

  28. slipkid says: Nov 8, 2009 9:16 PM

    hall is a joke. only his homeboys will take up for him.
    the falcons dont have jack to worry about compared to the skins.
    the skins are 2-6. even florio got off their bandwagon. smell the coffee.
    snyder ought to get someone to call defensive signals for blache.

  29. artbyshan says: Nov 8, 2009 10:45 PM

    Wah- Wah ! I’m going to tell ! Good gravy he acts like a little kid. Coach Smith rules !

  30. WCRaider says: Nov 8, 2009 11:02 PM

    Deangablowhard Hall started it on the opposing team’s sideline and is complaining because a coach was trying to remove him from Atlanta’s sideline? He is a stupid, punk who should be suspended for trying to incite a fight. What an unbelievable moron. The coaches were not out of line with a player who encroached on their sideline after a cheap shot to their QB. Nothing wrong with the way they handled the overrated punk.

  31. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Nov 8, 2009 11:14 PM

    Mike Smith: (punching DeAngelo Hall) Roadhouse!

  32. rockotica says: Nov 9, 2009 12:12 AM

    ppl are missing the point here; mike smith was way out of line. doesnt matter if its hall or his ex team, smith was at fault.

  33. Hovenaut says: Nov 9, 2009 2:49 AM

    Smith should be held to a higher standard as a coach, but somehow I can’t help the feeling DHall might have opened his trap on that sideline…
    God help me, I can’t take my eyes off ‘em, those Redskins are a train wreck.

  34. Mobodini says: Nov 9, 2009 6:37 AM

    I would have been fired up if I was one of Smith’s players. In retrospect, though, it appears that Smitty either tried to throw a cheap elbow or pull his arm away with far too much zeal at the tail end of the exchange.

  35. irishpat says: Nov 9, 2009 9:09 AM

    Smith is a little bitch, he did a similar stunt to Jermaine Phillips of the Bucs two years ago, but this time it was on the actual field. Phillips laid a Falcon receiver out and Smith came on the field and bumped him and started talking a bunch of shit. Phillips had the most confused look on his face, almost thinking,”Why can coaches hit us but we can’t hit them?”

  36. k1ng says: Nov 9, 2009 11:12 AM

    nfl can fine smith if they want, but dhall crying like this is a shame.. all the crap hes been apart of now hes crying foul for someone touching his jersey.
    so go ahead nfl, fine coach 1/1000th of his salary but hed do the same thing next time and i guarantee you his players love it so why should he care what dhall or some blogger commenter say?

  37. Dabaz says: Nov 9, 2009 11:24 AM

    I know people like to make generalized comments in a forum like this, because they are far too simple to actually watch the film, however actually look at it.
    Although Smith was wrong for being a part of the scrum in the first place, look more closely at Hall’s arms. Smith’s arm is folded and Hall reaches underneath Smith’s arm, and pushes it up, which when viewed quickly looks like Smith is swinging. His arm is clearly bent and folded somewhat into his chest when he’s yelling at Hall, Hall pushes up and pushes Smith, and his elbow comes up, again, making it look like he’s swinging.
    The first guy certaintly grabs his jersey for no real reason other than to clearly get in his face, which is obviously an issue, but to be honest, he was not in anyway going to get Landry, and that’s a bold faced lie. Watch the tape. Hall is over, talking smack to Tony Gilbert, Landry actually tries to pull him away subtley as he’s going, as Ryan kind of says something to him and they both leave. Although he didn’t necessarily start it, Hall had no reason to be over that far into the sidelines, and at that point should have walked away. It looks more like that coach was pulling him away before a fight actually started, however when he did that he clearly was not doing it simply to do so, but grabbed him and pulled him and kept hold.
    Both sides were wrong in how this was handled, but Hall had no reason to get into anyone’s face on the sideilnes, provoked or not. By lingering their longer than necessary, he put himself into a bad situation he had no reason to be a part of in the first place.

  38. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 9, 2009 12:20 PM

    what smith might have done was wrong, but hall was seriously overpaid by that organization. with the amount he was paid, smith should have been allowed to full-on punch hall.
    hall can use his $100 bills to dry his tears. please.

  39. RaiderChile says: Nov 9, 2009 12:55 PM

    Hall is the most over rated, over hyped and totally irrelevant players in the history of the game. He’s also the biggest pussy to come out of the ghetto. What a beautch!

  40. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 9, 2009 12:57 PM

    Hall and Vick, two thugs in a pod.

  41. DonTerrelli says: Nov 9, 2009 1:19 PM

    Hall didn’t expect these Falcons coaches to stand up to him like they did. He thought he could go onto the falcons sideline without any trouble? I’ll be that’s the last time you see him do that. he’s mad because he thought he could bully them and he’s the one that got bullied.

  42. PatMatson says: Sep 30, 2010 8:09 AM

    DanSnyder says:
    November 8, 2009 8:24 PM
    Hall didn’t do anything at all. That’s the side of the field he covers and landry had a late hit out of bounds (which If you looked closely landry actually makes contact before he steps out of bounds). As soon as the hit happened hall was there and assistant coaches started grabbing him and then the players. He didn’t do anything. The whole mess was started by the Falcons yet they didnt get a single penalty called from that.
    I thought that was a joke but it doesnt take anything away from atlanta beating the skins. I’d be worried about my team is I was a falcons fan though. The redskins actually finished with more yards and 7 of the 31 points came from turnovers. Redskins offense has been making every defense look #1 yet the falcons couldn’t do a damn thing in the 3rd quarter to stop the skins. Skins didn’t have cooley, portis, or 3/5ths of their starters on oline in the game
    Mind you I didn’t watch one minute of this game, but dude, really? You going to down that whole pitcher of Kool Aid in one sitting?
    If 7 points out of 31 were a result of turnovers, doesn’t that mean 24 points were scored on your defense?

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