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DeAngelo Hall Explains His Oakland Departure

As far as I'm concerned, no local team can ever have too many flamboyant talkers, so I see no reason to fret about DeAngelo Hall's arrival, regardless of why exactly he left Oakland. But I will say that I never would have guessed the exact reason he left Oakland was because of seniority in the Bay area.

Actually, I think The Post has some sort of last-in first-out policy in certain situations, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised. It's only fair. But if every team followed those policies....well, Brett Favre might not want to get too comfortable in New York, because you never know when the Jets might need a backup left guard.

Anyhow, here's what Hall said yesterday when asked why things didn't work out in Oakland.

"That's a hard question," he said. "It wasn't so much that it didn't work. Al Davis is a great guy, he's an honest guy, and what he told me was, 'We're not as good as I thought we were as a team, so we need to try to clear up some [cap] room.' Obviously I was the last guy to come in. That's just the kind of person he is. He's a very honest, straightforward, to-the-point kind of person, and he said I was the last one to come so I was the first one to go. He's a stand-up guy, he's very true to his players and that's what makes him so likable in this league."

Come to think of it, I also wouldn't have guessed that Al Davis was great, honest, straightforward, stand-up and likable, but I guess that's a separate issue.

Aside from Hall's opening day earrings--which were real, and no, I wasn't the only person who noticed--he was pretty subdued yesterday. But he did say a few other noteworthy things that weren't here or here in our coverage, so figured I might as well get 'em up. (Yeah, I did ask him if his earrings were worth more than my annual salary, and he said he didn't know how much I make.)

On his recent three-team odyssey: "I was so eager to get out of Atlanta I really didn't take my time, and if I did I probably would have been here from the jump. I was so eager to make it happen, to get out, to get out, that I ended up going to a situation that probably wasn't the best for me. But at the end of the day, I'm where I wanted to be from the jump."

On how many teams were interested: "Every team in the league. Every team in the league wanted me as far as just coming in and playing, coming in and helping them out, coming in and playing, but to me it kind of came down to what team do I feel like I have a future with. I don't want to necessarily go hit the free-agent market again when the season's over. Washington was the ones, they were here from the jump last offseason. I thought we were going to be able to work something out. It was almost like continuing that saga from the last offseason. I just kind of feel in my gut that this is the place for me."

On playing for the Skins: "It's the home team. I always dreamed about playing in the city I grew up in. Or playing in the state I grew up in. Or the area. And to get the opportunity has just been a blessing."

On the system in Oakland: "It wasn't necessarily that it didn't fit me, I just don't think it gave me the best chance to succeed, to have success, to make plays. I like to make plays. I like to get in the end zone, I like to get the ball in my hands, and when you're playing so much man-to-man it's kind of hard to get interceptions, It's kind of hard to make plays....I feel good about this situation, I don't have to do too much, just have to come in here and play football, just be another piece of the puzzle."

On any DeAngelo Hall misperceptions: "Like I said, my situation in Oakland had nothing to do with me as a person, it had nothing to do with that. Just a matter of trying to get down for the salary cap, trying to get better as a team. Al Davis said he thought the team was going to be better than it was, obviously it wasn't. At the time they were what, 2-6? The team just wasn't as good as he thought it was, he needed to make some moves as far as solidifying some offensive linemen. They had to protect that quarterback. You know, you're only as good as your quarterback, and we weren't able to do that out there."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 11:29 AM ET
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Dan, the Skins are 2-point DOGS this week. At home. To a Cowboys team in apparent disarray.

Get with your Vegas guys and figure this out. Whatever it is, this is NOT a good sign for the Maroon and Black.

Posted by: Zornado | November 11, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

good thing the skins don't play any man to man....

Posted by: bflo | November 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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