DeAngelo Hall Flames the Raiders, Praises Campbell
DeAngelo Hall hasn't been shy when talking about the Raiders since he got to D.C., repeatedly telling stories of chaos and dysfunction. But I don't think he's been as blunt as he was this morning during an appearance with Colin Cowherd. Speaking calmly and without emotion, Hall just shredded the organization and its owner while explaining why he was happy to be sweating through two-a-days in Ashburn.
This all started when Cowherd referenced Colts center Jeff Saturday and his publicly stated dislike of training camp. Cowherd asked whether Hall felt the same way.
"Nah, not at all," Hall said. "I've made the statement numerous times man, I'm just so excited to be back close to home and back to a team and an organization [where] I feel that we have a chance to win that I wake up ecstatic to go to practice. Jeff over there complaining--and I know Jeff pretty well--Jeff's over there complaining; Jeff could be playing for the Oakland Raiders or another team that has no shot in hell at doing anything in this league. So Jeff needs to wake up with a smile on his face that he has a Super Bowl ring and he has a team that can compete to try to get another one.
"So I definitely wake up and count my blessings, because I've been in that situation where I don't feel like we could have won a game. So to go to a situation where I feel that we've got a chance and we've got talent and we've got the right people in the front office to make things happen, I wake up with a smile on my face. I can't wait to get out there and compete and try to get better."
Hmm. So Oakland is, um, less than excellent?
"You know what, I heard the horror stories," Hall continued. "Randy [Moss] told me the horror stories, Warren [Sapp] told me the horror stories, and you know, I thought maybe I could go in there and try to change things around and try to put my work ethic out there and get guys to follow. But I'll tell you what, it starts form the top down, it definitely starts from the top down. And when you have players that can go in there and tell the owner something and he'll go against the head coach just because he likes the player, you know, that's when something's wrong. And until Mr. Davis relinquishes a little bit of that power, I don't think they'll ever turn it around. It was definitely a tough place to play and just get guys going. Guys have been used to doing a certain thing for so long, it's hard to go in and break the mentality."
And yeah, Hall obviously had a public falling out with the front office, but still, these barbs have points. He sent one final volley when asked about Davis's role in this whole thing.
"He would sit there every day and watch film of the practice in his office, and if you did something wrong, the coaches would tell you that 'Mr. Davis didn't like the way you read this,' or 'Mr. Davis didn't like this coverage so we're throwing this out,' or 'Mr. Davis wants us to do this so this is what we're gonna do.' You always got that every morning, because he came in after practice and kind of watched the film."
Which is why Ashburn seems like paradise, all things considered. Although Hall also isn't above questioning the local leadership, as when he was asked about Jason Campbell's offseason.
"I definitely think he can play," Hall said. "Especially when I was hearing talks about Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez, I really didn't understand it. Because you've got Mark Sanchez who's a rookie having to learn a whole new system and go through his lumps, I definitely didn't understand that. And Jay Cutler basically had one breakout season and now everybody thinks he's the next Tom Brady or whatever.
"But I was definitely happy with Jason as a quarterback, I definitely thought we needed to put some weapons around him, offensive line, probably another receiver, things like that, just to make his job a little bit easier. And the experience standpoint, him being in the same system for longer than one year is gonna definitely help him grow as a quarterback, and we definitely saw that from the end of last year to now, the growth of him as a quarterback and as a leader of this team."
He also praised the way Campbell handled the drama, saying that for the QB "to just play the bigger man and just sit there and hear all the talks and see what's going on behind the scenes, and to still have to come in there to work and put his best foot forward to keep his career going, that's a tribute to the kind of person and leader he is."
Which means that Hall's comments on Michael Vick were, at best, the third-most interesting part of the interview. Heck, I'm not even gonna use those.
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