The steps in the little dance are very familiar after watching it done so many times after a player says something that generates some controversy, so it’s not too surprising to learn that Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall took a chance to further explain what he meant when he said that he could have delivered the pass that Victor Cruz turned into a game-winning 77-yard touchdown last Sunday.
Hall said on 106.7 The Fan in Washington that he was answering a question about how smart Eli Manning is as a quarterback and only meant to point out that you don’t need to be all that smart to see a receiver running open in the middle of the field. That was pretty much Manning’s read on the situation as well and Hall explained just went wrong with the coverage on that play before circling back to make sure everyone knows he thinks the Giants quarterback is just fine in the brains department.
“I’m not saying Eli’s not smart. You know, the dude’s super smart. He won two Super Bowls. I got drafted with Eli. I was able to get to know him and his family through that whole process. I respect his game a whole lot. I respect that football team, Coach Coughlin, all those guys a lot and what they’ve been able to accomplish up there in New York,” Hall said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “So I’m not taking anything from that organization or Eli as a player. I think he’s a Hall of Fame player. I think he’s showing that, he’s proving that. I think he’s got a lot more years left in him to play. But on that particular play, I felt like the coverage that we didn’t execute to the best of our ability definitely made it a lot easier on him than we probably wanted it to be.”
It’s hard to find too much argument with any of that, which means that this is probably as good a place as any to allow this little diversion to fade away into the night.