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DeAngelo Hall speaks his mind, but is this good?

Tuesday afternoon, Malcolm Kelly was placed on injured reserve. It brought to mind the comments by the Redskins' emerging "team spokesman," cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who said that Kelly's original injury was more severe than the team had originally let on.

Hall's comments on ESPN 980 were based out of concern for his teammate and disappointment over how Kelly's injury was, in his opinion, downplayed by the team. If you recall, Hall was the same player to come to the aid of Albert Haynesworth when he consistently failed his conditioning test and was diagnosed with a mild case of Rhabdomyolysis.

Hall is the type of guy who plays hard and seemingly loves his teammates hard. It's almost as if Hall has assumed the role of the big brother of this team. When he feels like something is wrong he puts himself on the line to set the record straight. I commend D Hall's willingness to keep it real with the fans, but I find myself wondering, Does this coaching staff, among other high-ranking officials in the front office, feel the same way? I would assume not.

I imagine this staff does not appreciate his willingness to stand up in the media for the issues surrounding other players. This is especially so when talking about a guy like Mike Shanahan, who is very tight-lipped about team issues. But then again, the staff may love the fact that some team unity is forming among the players. Every great team has had extensions of the coach in the locker room, guys who enforced the laws of the team. If this element doesn't exist in your locker room, I do not know whether that team can be competitive.

What is your take on this? Are you happy that DeAngelo Hall said something about the injury or do you feel like he needs to be quiet and play?

By LaVar Arrington  |  August 31, 2010; 7:08 PM ET
 
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Comments

Great column LA.
As a fan I love his interviews. He really puts some of the team's personality out in the public and answers questions a lot of us have. But I'm sure the staff and coaches would prefer to keep problems/secrets in house. Information can be a weapon in sports.

Posted by: HomelessZombie | August 31, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Probably a bit of both. The players are most likely happy to have someone who can set the record straight, but the coaching staff certainly doesn't want this type of information aired outside.

Posted by: PratikBhandari | August 31, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I liken it to a little check and balances within the team.

Coaches need to check the players petulance and issues

and Players need to ground the coaches into reality that players are not all cookie cutter, straight laced good soldiers.

But either way, he seems to speak the truth, and if the coaches are trying to control that message, they will ultimately fail.

Posted by: Zeebs1 | September 1, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to say how the coaching staff feels, as I am not in their heads, but I always assume a guy like Shannahan has already talked with Hall if this is an issue. If we see Hall get dogged on the field by the coaches then we will know how they feel. But I could see a reasonable agreement between the two sides in such a discussion.

I think most coaches know that the players need a populist leader man of the people, just as much as they need the tow-the-line leaders.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 1, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

its probly a mixture of both but a long as he can continue to get away with it i like the info.

Posted by: teddywjohns | September 1, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The new Portis.

Posted by: WorstSeat | September 1, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Some teams are intentionally vague and squirelly about injuries because they don't want to tip their hand to their opponents about who will and won't be playing and who is way less than 100%. As a matter of fact, the NHL in the last couple of years recognized this and now allows teams to be generic as possible when reporting injuries which is why you see things such as "upper body injury" and "lower body injury" in NHL injury reports.

(On a side note, I remember the year the Caps Peter Bondra was out for two and half months with the flu.)

The NFL of course is very strict about injury reports because of the sports books. Of course, that hasn't stopped teams from concealing and downplaying injuries (I remember somebody got in trouble for that a couple of years ago).

I think Shanahan is trying to do the same thing here and while Hall is trying to save some face for his team mates, he runs the risk of hurting his team overall by handing out information the club doesn't want getting out.

Posted by: CapsNut | September 1, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Was Hall supporting his teammates back when he was talking about guys in the locker room being two faced by criticising Haynesworth, but then smiling in Hayenesworth's face when he got into camp? Hall is an a** who feels the need to call attention to himself by being the "controversial" guy.

Posted by: sonny2 | September 1, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hall is very borderline...I don't trust that he knows exactly when to talk and when it's not a good idea...As long as he balls out I really don't care...talking is always more tolerable when the player shows that he is prepared to play mentally and physically and then gets busy on Sunday's...I would prefer Fletcher to be the leader on the field and vocally with the press...A class act off the field, a leader by example, and he will bust chops EVERY week!

Posted by: jwmartin_72 | September 1, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

D Hall should continue to speak out without fear, as long as he continues to have his play back up his talk. He is set to have a great year. Hopefully, coaches will not take comments personally.

Posted by: 189AROD | September 1, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I like that he speaks up, though I dislike that he's questioning coaches and the organization at times. But I think he's definitely on board with coaches, while still trying to be the big brother, as you said, for his teammates. I think a younger DHall completely avoids any of that stuff... but I think he's growing, and hopefully his growth gets guided by coaches in a better direction. Plenty of former players coaching on our team (especially Haslett) who can teach him a better way to handle his support of teammates. It's also very interesting to see a defensive player commit so strongly to an offensive player... I get that it happens often, but very rarely in this kind of light. Hall's been fighting for us since he got here though, so I definitely think he's committed to the team and organization, just misplaced voicing, for lack of a better term coming to mind at the moment.

Posted by: SlyStilla | September 1, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"Are you happy that DeAngelo Hall said something about the injury or do you feel like he needs to be quiet and play?"

Lavar,

Now you know players hold back on how serious injuries are sometimes so they don't get cut. I 100% believe that this was the case with Kelly.

Saying that Hall needs to shut up and learn to tackle. I think he's a fine cover corner, but he will always be the player that got wooped by a QB.

He needs to shut up and play ball.

And learn how to tackle.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 1, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I think Hall's willingness to put himself out there in support of his teammates is great. Whether he is correct or not is beside the point. This team has lacked any semblance of chemistry for a number of years. Hopefully, this display of comraderie/brotherhood is contagious for the rest of the team.

It is amazing the impact chemistry and trust can have on an organized unit. They start to play for each other instead of with each other and the proverbial sum of the parts becomes greater than the individual parts.

Posted by: De_Koning | September 1, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If this were coming from Fletcher, then cool. But this guy runs his mouth too damn much.

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

What DeAngelo Hall is doing is what has needed to be done from the onset of training camp. There is no way that Shannahan is right All The Time. His willingness to tell half the truth constitutes a lie. The players as well as we, the fans reserve the right to be told the truth. This just cement to me and others that there was and is more to all that has been going on at Redskin Park. There are two sides to every story and because Shannahan is the head coach, he thinks that when we hear him tell it, that's the way it is. Well, we're a lot smarter than he thinks we are. All the criticizing was based on lies coming from the coach because of his ego to be in charge.

Posted by: Blondheimc | September 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess if we want him to just be quiet and play, then we shouldn't ask him questions. If you ask him a question he's surely going to serve you.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

D. Hall? What has he done to earn his contract? Has he proved he's a shut-down corner yet? Needs to establish himself, earn the position of team leader, then he can talk.

Posted by: mdgolfer357 | September 1, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I think this is commendable. He sticks out for his team, and if you remember, last year Big Albert put up a fight to protect Hall as well. He has ALWAYS been outspoken, but honestly, I'm happy he sticks up for his team. He is playing better and lets hope the interceptions keep coming. If they stop, than his mouth should stop

Posted by: leberuff | September 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Hall should focus on actually making tackles and earning his paycheck before he becomes "team spokesman". Deadskins are a joke.

Posted by: jakeyrotten | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Be quiet and tackle D. Hall. And make sure you tell tall women reporters to take their shoes off when interviewing you. Insecure much?

Posted by: really9 | September 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

i'm sure all the team medical staff consulted with hall as to the problems with kelly. (i don't believe that one bit.) i'm sure kelly confided in hall to seek a simpathetic ear. did he embellish his situation to hall because he knew hall would make his landing on IR softer, who knows. what i don't like is the fact that hall is now the spokesperson for the players....as a fan i still don't feel him as a redskin player. i see him as more of a publicity hound, always looking for the spotlight. if he makes plays, and backs off the self-hype, good for the team. only time will tell on this one. oh, congratulation on your blog LaVar, i always look for a players take on the goings on(what would you do in those situations?)with a team. speak well.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | September 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey LA,
I was a fan of Hall's a VT but started to dislike him in Atlanta b/c of his attitude on the field and then he would have games were he would blow coverages, fumble punt returns etc...He is a playmaker on defense but is inconsistent. I believe if your play backs up your mouth off the field you better makesure you stick to facts and not throw teammates and coach's under the bus. He was wrong about Haynesworth and Kelly he needs to be confident Shanny and that staff know what he is doing, this isn't Rick Petino or whatever that bums name is or Jim Zorn ( no disrespect )

Posted by: kevioconnor | September 2, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

If D.Hall wants to assume this type of role then so be it. But it goes both ways. He should also be prepared to confront players who are doggin it.

Posted by: papasanden | September 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see what No. 23 does once the regular season starts! I think he'll have a great year.

Posted by: BrownBagIt | September 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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