Hall: Zorn couldn't get the Redskins to scrap
Albert Haynesworth's broadside against Greg Blache and the Redskins' coaching staff last month included the insinuation that other players on the defense were also fed up with the scheme.
"We got great corners and safeties here that can play if they were used right," Haynesworth said. "They make a million checks before the ball is snapped. Guys are sitting there thinking instead of reacting. Guys are sitting there thinking instead of playing. When you're sitting there thinking about what you're going to do when you're trying to run, you don't go as fast. When it's natural and it comes to you, you do it. You know? It's instinct. You know what I mean? What they want us to do is think and be robots. This is just ridiculous."
I hadn't seen or heard many players publicly agreeing with Haynesworth, but DeAngelo Hall seemed to second those comments in an appearance with Sporting News Radio's 2 Live Stews.
"We just got to put players in position to make plays," Hall said, via Sports Radio Interviews. "Not taking anything from the coaching staff that we had or the play caller we had, but you know I think we were more so trying to keep the wound covered as opposed to hitting people in the mouth and trying to take the fight to them. I mean, we were successful doing it at some points, and at some points we were definitely susceptible to big plays, to giving up points. I think as a team, especially as a defense, we need to make plays. We need to make plays so we can get off the field more and we need to try to get the ball back. As much as we did stopping guys, I don't think we had nearly as many turnovers as a lot of these other teams in the league. Ultimately it's going to be us getting the ball back to our offense and letting those guys go to work is what's going to put points on the board."
A lot of fans, I suspect, would agree with that; huge numbers of them agreed with Haynesworth's assessment of the defensive scheme, if not his delivery method. Hall also seemed to criticize Jim Zorn's approach when asked about the departed head coach.
"You know what, he was a guy who wasn't a very vocal person," Hall said. "His demeanor was real laid back. He wasn't going to jump up or scream in your face, so it was kind of hard to get some of those guys who need that kind of motivation factor to get going. Ultimately we couldn't get guys to I guess fight and scrap like we needed them to with him as the head coach."
Hall even endorsed the playcalling switch that left Zorn with a blank clipboard and two smashed knees.
"We kind of felt like something needed to happen, we felt like we weren't being able to put points on the board, we weren't getting an opportunity to win games," he said. "When Jim addressed us about the situation you could sense the tone in his voice that it was something he definitely wasn't happy with, wasn't pleased with. But at the same time it was something that he had to do in order to remain as the head coach of the Washington Redskins."
Hall, though, strongly endorsed Jason Campbell, saying he would give the quarterback an 8 on a scale of 1 through 10 for the 2009 season.
"For the simple fact that I don't think there's been a tougher guy on our team than him," Hall said. "I joke with Haynesworth all the time about toughening up some. He could learn to do a couple things from Jason, man, because Jason's a guy who's gonna be beat up, bruised up, can barely walk and he's gonna go out there and lay it on the line for you. And I don't think we did a great job of putting enough people around him in order to protect him and get the full array of what he can do. If he's our quarterback, I'm excited to see the guys we put around him to help protect him, to help make him a great football player."
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