DeAngelo Hall thinks he’s the next Charles Woodson

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Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall spent most of his time covering wide receivers on the perimeter last season. He primarily lined up at left cornerback, starting all 16 games.

But new defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is implementing changes in the Washington secondary, and one of them is aimed at getting Hall around the football more. Hall believes his role will be similar to Charles Woodson’s in Green Bay.

“You don’t ever see [Woodson] running down the field not looking for the ball,” Hall told the Washington Post. “He’s always underneath, blitzing, having some type of zone coverage underneath so he can see the ball, using instinctive football ability under there. And that’s kind of what we’re doing.”

Hall has been a liability in downfield coverage over the past few seasons, though he’s remained a strong tackler and can make plays on the football. The new responsibilities could certainly play to the strengths of Hall’s game.

“[Woodson] got defensive player of the year [covering slot receivers], so hopefully I can get that same kind of buzz and excitement out there, making plays,” Hall suggested. “I’m definitely relishing the opportunity to get in there. It’s hard, it’s different, but I’m down. It’s a lot more space. …

“It definitely is a little bit different, but it’s part of the evolution.”

95 responses to “DeAngelo Hall thinks he’s the next Charles Woodson

  1. “DeAngelo Hall thinks he’s the next Charles Woodson”
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    …. and then he woke up.

  2. this guy has NEVER been considered a top 10 corner. he is only in the news casue he opens his yap saying stupid things like this. djax and maclin eat this guy up every year.

  3. He may be faster than CW21, but that’s the only thing he’s got on him.

    Woodson is a good player to look up to though. It wouldn’t be a bad thing for the NFL to have a few more good guys like the older more mature version of Woodson. Very mature, instinctive, and football smart.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Woodson becomes a D coordinator after retirement.

  4. alright first of all…”Hall has been a liability in downfield coverage over the past few seasons, though he’s remained a strong tackler and can make plays on the football.” you pretty much got that ass backwards mr. silva…hall is a pretty weak tackler but sacked up last year, and his downfield skills are as good as any, now a 3rd and 6 slant to dez bryant is a different story, and i dont think 6 yards is considered “downfield”.

    second of all, i think i need to stick up for my boy here. d-hall has always been a talker, most flashy deon-like corners are, especially from VA, theres a LOT of swag in VA. d-hall is absolutely a top tier corner, he didnt make it to the probowl and snatch the probowl mvp for nothing a couple years ago, wasnt drafted in the 1st round for nothing either. granted hes not going to shut down a calvin johnson or even a dez bryant but bump and run isnt his game, he’s a zone guy, he needs to be in space and play a woodson-like role because hes a play maker. id honestly move him to free safety but raheem has a plan. so lets stop bashing the guy cuz you hate that hes got confidence. dude is a ball hawk and likes to get in people’s heads.

  5. Sounds like Morris is trying to hide D Hall’s weakness and let him play to his strength

  6. dohpey28 says:Jun 2, 2012 5:56 PM

    The only difference between them is Woodson doesn’t suck.

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    Obviously you didn’t see the Packers defense last year…

  7. First of all, there’s not a single quote in the article where he says “I’m the next Charles Woodson.” He merely stated that his role will be similar.

    Second, all these posters who say negative things about DHall couldn’t cover a pee-wee football receiver. He still has way more talent than you ever will.

    Haters gonna hate. HTTR.

  8. Now that’s funny. At least we can take solace in the fact that be didn’t say “the next Revis.” lol

  9. Hahaha……that’s the funniest thing I read all day…..keep up the good jokes DeAngelo

  10. Really stupid of him to put his name in the same sentence with Woodson. The slot role will def suit him better because hes a playmaker not a pure cover corner. Half the time he gets a great break on the ball, the rest of the time the double move leaves him looking stupid. just hope he puts in the work this offseason

  11. “DeAngelo Hall thinks he’s the next Charles Woodson”
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    I just had some “throw up” come up in my throat when I read that.

  12. Hall used to be a great corner, even though time has passed he is still good enough to start. Moving him over the slot sounds like a great move, It should play up to his skills, he is still a great tackler and very good covering inside the box where he is a big help for run support. This move should get him voted into the Pro Bowl this year. The Redskins seem to be turning this team around, look for them in the playoffs this year for sure.

  13. d’angelo hall did NOT say he’s the next charles woodson. this headline is irresponsible and meant to bait the responses it is getting. he does liken his new role to that of charles woodson. there’s a big difference.

    silva does not know anything about deangelo hall, or he would not claim that he is a sure tackler (he’s not) or that he’s a liability in coverage (he’s not). being a redskin fan, i’ve watched him a lot. he has a bad habit of trying to tackle high; when he goes low he makes tackles, when he doesn’t he gets dragged downfield. he’s also capable of covering anyone as well as they can be covered, but he often gambles trying to jump a route or make a big play and sometimes he loses and gets burned.

  14. I’m a skins fan and this is a absolute insult to my man Charles Woodson … He’s a one of a kind .. D hall … Gets beat by dez Bryant .. Embarrassing

  15. Wow people really can’t read. He said his role will be similar to Woodsons never comparing himself to him.

  16. everyone has a highlight tape and a lowlight tape. Even Woody has them. D-Hall too. The highs and the lows. Both are amazing players or neither would still be playing. No more hate… Good luck to him and his new style. I hope it helps him.

  17. Evan Silva should write about what he knows best, college. His depictions of Hall are inaccurate to say the least. With that said, with the mouth that Hall has, he should never even mention Woodsen’s name in the same sentence as his own. People will only think he’s comparing himself to him.

  18. Not a Deangelo Hall fan, and sure as hell not a Redskins fan, but like a few others have said (ie, the ones that actually read the post and not just the headline) the headline really isn’t an accurate representation of what he actually said.

  19. Is no one else going to point out that the title is misleading? He didnt say he’s the next Charles Woodson, he said that he’d be used in a similar manner to him. Ignorance on the author and audience here.

  20. Only difference is that Charles Woodson is a pro bowler year and year out. D-Hall can talk the talk, just can’t walk the walk.

    HTTR!!!!

  21. packerbacker12 says:Jun 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    “Obviously you didn’t see the Packers defense last year…”

    Obviously you don’t know there is more than one player on defense.

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    You’re right. Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams and BJ Raji also stunk up the NFL last year.

  22. As a skins fan I wish this guy would shut up. But its about time someone will use him how he has a chance to succeed instead of letting him line up in man to man and get burnt all game long. D hall in the right situation could make a lot of plays.

  23. If you think d hall is a top 10 talent at corner please gimme ur # so I can get sum of the stuff ur smoking on.. This guy is constantly getting burned physically n mentally at some of the most crucial times in ball games. I remember specifically the game against the texans in 2010. 4th n 15 on the washington 35 and everyone in the world knows Andre johnson is getting the ball. Deangelo and and the no name saftey were both out jumped for the game tying TD. Texans went on to win and the only thing d hall had to say was that he cudnt understand y everyone thinks Andre Johnson is so great. he goes on to say ”he just didnt do anything spectacular or amazing in my eyes” YOU MEAN BESIDES OUT BEAST U FOR THE TD THAT LEAD TO A TEXANS VICTORY?? LOL SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE LOSER. WHICH IS ALL DEANGELO HALL AND ANYONE WHO ROOTS FOR THAT GUY WILL EVER BE! #BULLSonPARADE

  24. Way to get the readers involved, Silva!! Next headline should say, “Romo says he’s better than Staubach”, or just make up anything you like…..don’t have to be true…

  25. @texaned80…It was Phillip Buchanon and Reed Doughty that got beat by Andre Johnson, and if you read the article he says nothing about him being like Charles Woodson he indicates that he will be used in a similar way as Charles Woodson, people often forget that before Woodson left the Raiders he was gettin burnt up on regular basis also the move to the Packers put extra years on a pretty much done career, and he also indicated that the new position is hard but he’s willing to change to make the team better the actual article and headline are two different things, this shows another way how the media can twist what a person says and make the look like an egotistical a-hole.

  26. randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 9:24 PM
    packerbacker12 says:Jun 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    “Obviously you didn’t see the Packers defense last year…”

    Obviously you don’t know there is more than one player on defense.

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    You’re right. Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams and BJ Raji also stunk up the NFL last year. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- ok first of all tramon was injured most of last year, clay was taking on constant double teams becuz the boy’s on the other side took the year off. and raji was playing cullen jenkins position and not his own natural position. don’t believe me? watch a few of the games last year and compare them to a few games from the superbowl year and i bet i’m right. the packers defense had no pass rush last year. i mean if caleb hanie has 8 to 9 seconds to throw, he’s gonna find somebody right? don’t worry packs D will be back in the top ten this year. and as far as hall, well u can’t blame him for wanting to be like the best.

  27. Big mike come on… How can u defend a guy who would say something as asinine as ”Theres nothing special about Andre Johnson….”??? Who I might add did what he did to washington on a severe high ankle sprain that wud later land him on IR. Look heres my point. There is no doubt Andre is a very rare talent whos humble approach to the game and raw competitiveness are envied and admired by gms all around the league. He keeps his mouth shut and lets his play do the talkin. Its a shame there arent more players like him in the the league and for deangelo to dog Dre like that after the game he had against them makes him look like a class-less idiot. Wouldnt want him on my squad. Ok so maybe hall didnt say he was the next C Woods; Him being the giant douche that he is it really wudnt surprise me if he did.

  28. MeAngelo needs to get a clue. Gets burned like toast of pass coverage, can’t make a tackle, only gets turnovers because the qb’s constantly throw his way, and will NEVER WIN A SUPER BOWL!

  29. vikescry1 says:Jun 2, 2012 11:42 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 9:24 PM
    packerbacker12 says:Jun 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    “Obviously you didn’t see the Packers defense last year…”

    Obviously you don’t know there is more than one player on defense.

    ==================================

    You’re right. Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams and BJ Raji also stunk up the NFL last year. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- ok first of all tramon was injured most of last year, clay was taking on constant double teams becuz the boy’s on the other side took the year off. and raji was playing cullen jenkins position and not his own natural position. don’t believe me? watch a few of the games last year and compare them to a few games from the superbowl year and i bet i’m right. the packers defense had no pass rush last year. i mean if caleb hanie has 8 to 9 seconds to throw, he’s gonna find somebody right? don’t worry packs D will be back in the top ten this year. and as far as hall, well u can’t blame him for wanting to be like the best.

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    Clay Matthews had to face double teams?! Oh the humanity! I guess guys Suggs, Ware, Allen, Harrison, Hali and Wake are so fourtunate they only get blocked by one guy. Wait a sec, they get double teamed also yet the still produce.

    Stop making excuses, your D just isn’t that talented.

  30. dirtydrynn27 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 5:54 PM
    As a Redskins fan Deangelo Hall really needs to shut up
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    As a Redskins fan maybe you should have read the article. Sure DHall is known for running his mouth at times, but did he say anything ignorant here?

    Most of the comments on here are extremely ignorant.

    How many of you just look at headlines and go straight to the comment box?? — to make a dumb joke like “And I’m the next Micheal Jordan”. — Very smart, very original. I’m glad there are so many funny people on here who enjoy writing the same jokes that a 12 year old makes.

    Florio was inaccurate with just about everything written here. Way to turn a boring story (Dhall is playing more nickel this year) into complete trash.

  31. @bigmike7914 thanks for the great post. I could not have said it better myself if I tried. After reading some of these post it seems like everyone read the title and made a post…Evan Silva really just suckered a great deal of people…

  32. Arent they like the same age? Thats like Tom Brady saying he is the next Peyton Manning. Deangelo needs to pick an older role model.. because idolizing someone your own age is nothing short of a man-crush.

  33. mdc21787 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 6:01 PM
    second of all, i think i need to stick up for my boy here. d-hall has always been a talker, most flashy deon-like corners are, especially from VA, theres a LOT of swag in VA.

    ——————

    There are also a lot of skags in VA; mostly women with a few teeth and ratty hair but if you say it’s a great place, who am I to argue…

    Seriously though, your boy better hope this move will stop him from getting burned so much!

  34. The title to this article is misleading… Hall did not say he’s the next Woodson. Sounds like he was just saying his position and role will be similar to his. Hype inducing headline only. Relax, Hall is a very good player and will do fine anywhere on he field. Hail!

  35. “DeAngelo Hall thinks he’s the next Charles Woodson”
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    …. and then he woke up.

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    Cheap shot. Hall didn’t say he was Woodson…he was just talking about their defensive scheme and what role he would be playing in it.

  36. BTW, I just read that Silva thinks he’s better than H. L. Menken! Can you believe that? Someone put it in a headline, so I didn’t bother to go and read the actual quote or anything…I just took it at face value. Because I read things on the Internet and I’m really smart.

  37. As soon as it said Raheem Morris I couldn’t help but laugh. ANY Bucs fan can tell you, Raheem is a joke of a coach.

    If anything, Hall’s stats are going to go down and you Redskins fans can expect many missed tackles.

  38. Most of Halls interceptions are gifts, just a bad throw from the QB. At best he’s average.

  39. randallflagg52 says:Jun 2, 2012 9:24 PM

    packerbacker12 says:Jun 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    “Obviously you didn’t see the Packers defense last year…”

    Obviously you don’t know there is more than one player on defense.

    ==================================

    You’re right. Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams and BJ Raji also stunk up the NFL last year.

    ———————————————————-

    GB lead the league in INT’s last year with 31.
    NE was second with 23. So yes the DL did suck, but the DB’s must of did something right.

  40. Here’s what really happened:

    Raheem: DeAngelo, I’ve been watching the tapes and noticed that you can’t cover for $h1t, so why don’t you just do whatever you want out there. You might get lucky a few times and help the team out. Can’t be worse than last season.

    Hall: Gotcha, brah.

  41. Maybe I missed it…where does he actually say that he thinks he’s the new Charles Woodson.

    I’ve read this article and ones in the DC area, and it seems to me that he said his ROLE will be more like Woodson. Never does he explicitly say he “is the next Charles Woodson.”

    Haters gonna hate

  42. Yeah. right.

    Charles Woodson would never get beat for 150+ yards by a rookie no matter what the scheme.

    Hall can get himself a few picks a season and occasionally make a big tackle, but I wouldn’t ever rely on him in man to man in the big games.

    He’ll lose you more games than he wins.

    Not the next Charles Woodson. And that shows how pathetic this comment really is. You got rookies coming into the NFL being compared to other NFL guys and they say, “I’d love to be as good as him, but I’m just gonna be me”.

    Hall is 28 years old, been in the NFL for about a decade. And now he’s telling everybody he’s gonna be the next Charles Woodson?

    That’s a sorry individual right there.

  43. He’s so good he couldn’t even last with raiders! His game is nowhere near Charles Woodson’s this guy gets burnt more than a used match he needs to get it over himself!

  44. Did Hall say he considers himself the next Charles Woodson or did you just proclaim that he did to get more people commenting negatively and stir up conversation?

    If you actually listen to the whole conversation, Hall was asked about how Raheem Morris is moving the entire secondary through all positions, in order for them to understand each.

    Hall was at safety, slot, and he normal position during OTAs. He was speaking to that when he brought up that playing in the slot can be done by someone as formidable and distinguished as Charles Woodson. He compliments Woodson on being able to play a difficult position inside the slot and said that he hoped to be able to make plays like him.

    But thanks for creating negative attention during a slow part of the offseason. Proves 90% of the people commenting here just love to hate and troll without fully understanding what was said and in what context. We can thank you for that.

  45. I dunno what’s worse – the irresponsible journalism that led t this title, or the lazy commenters on here who skim headlines and then add their ignorant two cents without actually reading the articles they’re commenting on.

  46. “mdc21787 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 6:01 PM
    alright first of all…”Hall has been a liability in downfield coverage over the past few seasons, though he’s remained a strong tackler and can make plays on the football.” you pretty much got that ass backwards mr. silva…hall is a pretty weak tackler but sacked up last year, and his downfield skills are as good as any, now a 3rd and 6 slant to dez bryant is a different story, and i dont think 6 yards is considered “downfield”.

    second of all, i think i need to stick up for my boy here. d-hall has always been a talker, most flashy deon-like corners are, especially from VA, theres a LOT of swag in VA. d-hall is absolutely a top tier corner, he didnt make it to the probowl and snatch the probowl mvp for nothing a couple years ago, wasnt drafted in the 1st round for nothing either. granted hes not going to shut down a calvin johnson or even a dez bryant but bump and run isnt his game, he’s a zone guy, he needs to be in space and play a woodson-like role because hes a play maker. id honestly move him to free safety but raheem has a plan. so lets stop bashing the guy cuz you hate that hes got confidence. dude is a ball hawk and likes to get in people’s heads.”

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    Hall has definitely found a scheme that fits his skill set best in Washington but even so he is not, and never has been, an elite tier CB. He was quite possibley the most overrated defensive player in the league for a few seasons in Atlanta were his vocalness, flashiness and big play ability created alot of buzz and ESPN highlights but he was always one of the most inconsistent CBs in the NFL in Atlanta and got beat deep in man coverage more often than any other “pro bowl” CB I’ve ever seen.

    Hall is a pure zone CB, a pure read/react corner who has a good ability to read QB’s tendencies and great quickness to break on the ball but he is also one of the most scheme specific corners in the league. He is a huge liability not only in bump but man coverage of any kind and he can tend to handcuff the versatility and unpredictability of a defense because of that.

    Hall is a good veteran zone specific CB—–he is not elite. While I understand where he is coming from wanting to play a similar role as Woodson, its just not realistic unless its a far more watered down version. What has made Woodson so perfect for his role in GB is the fact that he is one of the most versatile CBs in the league. He is a big, physical CB who likes contact and is a very good tackler, hes excellent in a zone read scheme where he can play off QB’s tendencies and read combo routes with the ability to put himself in a position to jump routes and bait QBs pretty routinely. BUT he was also a very talented physical press man corner who could throw off receivers timing and then turn and run stride for stride for them with his back to the QB. That versatility made him so effective for GB lately, and that versatility also made the position he played effective because the opposition never knew what he was going to do—-be it blitz off the edge, sit in a shallow zone, play off man, press man, play a deep zone, move into the box and act as a run stopping safety etc. etc……………Hall isnt that guy

  47. If D Hall is reading this, just go out there and prove yourself bro. Let your play talk for you. Hail!

  48. How about trying to work your way into the top 20 before jumping all the way up into the top 3-5

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