DeAngelo Hall: “I’m the Reason We Lost the Game”

by Grant Paulsen

DeAngelo Hall thinks he cost the Redskins their game against the Cowboys and that he should be released based on his performance in Sundays overtime loss.

The always-candid cornerback spoke to the media not long after allowing Dez Bryant to catch a 26-yard pass on a 3rd-and-15 in overtime, which moved Dallas into position for an eventual game-winning field goal. Hall slipped on the play, proving costly in the Redskins’ sixth consecutive loss and the team’s seventh setback in eight games.

“I’m the reason we lost the game,” Hall said. “It’s frustrating. It’s tough to swallow. Second time in a row to Dallas, definitely a little pissed off at myself,” Hall said.

His reference to the other game to Dallas is based on a fourth-quarter, 3rd-and-21 conversion from week-three. On that play, Bryant beat Hall in one-on-one coverage to help the Cowboys top the Redskins in a two-point game.

“You gotta walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk,” the always garrulous Hall said. “I’ve been talking the talk to these guys. I’ve been expecting the best out of them and them to rise to the occasion and when the opportunity presents itself for myself and I don’t go out there and make the play, it’s definitely frustrating.”

Hall has been with the Redskins since midway through the 2008 season. A pro bowler in 2010, Hall’s made 64 tackles in 10 starts this season but he has only intercepted one pass.

“I can’t point a finger at anybody myself,” he said. “The way I’m playing right now they need to go and cut me. I’m definitely not worth what I’m getting. Hopefully they see something in me [and] they bring me back next year but the way things going right now I’m definitely not playing up to par.”

Hall signed a six-year, $54 million contract to return to the Redskins prior to the 2009 season.

“When you’re paying a guy the kind of money I’m making, you expect him to make that play. And like I said, two times in a row .. I would cut myself if I was the front office.”

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