After Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, which was capped by Dallas receiver Dez Bryant beating Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall for a gain that preceded the game-winning field goal, Hall said he’s so bad that the team should cut him.
Hall now says that he has heard from a laundry list of NFL greats regarding his greatness.
“I had so many calls from other guys in the league telling me how great I was as a corner,” Hall said, via the Associated Press. “And I’m, like, ‘Dude, I’m not on suicide watch.’ It was amazing, just the reaction that I didn’t think it was going to get.”
Hall claimed that he heard from men like Larry Fitzgerald, Ben Roethlisberger, Chad Ochocinco (OK, they aren’t all great players), and Ray Lewis.
But before Mr. Martini declares that he busted the juke-a-box, let’s consider whether Hall was having a crisis of confidence — or whether he was hoping to get a free ticket out of town in the hopes of signing with a contender for the stretch run. After all, Hall was once cut by the Raiders after earning $8 million for eight games, before landing in D.C. and eventually pocketing another big-money contract. Now that he’s playing for a bad team with no immediate prospects for success, maybe that was the first step of a clumsy, passive-aggressive exit strategy.
If that’s the goal, he’s still holding out hope. Indeed, he reiterated his position on Wednesday.
“I stand by it,” Hall said. “I wear this ‘C’ on my chest for a reason. I hold myself to a higher standard than a lot of other people.”
Then came the possible glimpse into his soul.
“I probably haven’t been as productive as I would like to,” Hall said. “I don’t know if this defense is built for a corner to go out here and get eight or nine picks or seven picks. It’s built to stop the deep ball and manage the game.”
In other words (possibly), “I want out.”
If he really wants out, we’d have more respect for Hall if he simply laid down on the job.