DeAngelo Hall on the playoffs (and the Nats)
DeAngelo Hall, if you haven't noticed, is like a wind-up machine of bullish-on-the-future quotes. Give him a little push from behind, and he's talking playoffs. Some fans find this disconcerting, but in May, when September seems like several lifetimes away, I say more power to him.
A couple weeks ago, at that draft day party, DeAngelo Hall got a mic and told several thousand Redskins fans to expect 11 or 12 wins. Last week, he was on the giant video board at Nats Park, and he said the same thing.
"I stand behind the statement I made, I feel like we're gonna go out there and win 11, 12 games," Hall told Clint, another man who doesn't lack for self-confidence. "Mike Shanahan out there coaching us up, and Donovan McNabb, he's a proven winner, so I'm good, I'm happy....
"Last year was so disappointing. This year it's all about getting our team to the playoffs. Once you get in there, anything could happen."
Hall was at Nats Park to throw out the first pitch; he was there with Carlos Rogers and Wale, among others, and he visited before the game with former Atlanta friends Willie Harris and Chipper Jones. After the pitch, he told me that he's "a huge Zim fan" and a Nats fan in general.
"They're playing inspired right now," Hall said of the Nats. "I think the addition of Pudge, the attitude he brought, definitely got these guys' minds right."
The Nats are arguably the most pleasant surprise in MLB right now. So I had to to ask whether Hall's Redskins were primed to be a similar surprise.
"Hey, you heard what I said, I don't think it's gonna be a surprise," he said. "Not to us. Maybe to the world, but not to us. Not to our coaching staff, not to the guys we've got in the building. They know the kind of stuff we've got, they know the kind of firepower we've got on our team."
So he'll be surprised if they don't make the playoffs then?
"I'll be shocked like [expletive] if we don't," he said.
(Photo by Cheryl Nichols - Nationals News Network)
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