Defensive backs are fine with Hall's bravado
Implied in DeAngelo Hall's comments earlier this week is the idea that he needs cover the opponent's top receiver because he thinks he can do it better than others. His fellow defensive backs didn't seem bothered by Hall's bravado Wednesday.
"I didn't even see the comments until today," said safety Reed Doughty, "but they really don't bother me because everybody knows that corners in this league have confidence. And so I don't think anybody's bothered by DeAngelo saying, 'Wow, I want to cover the top wideout.' I
think Carlos [Rogers] wants to do the same thing. If you're a corner and you want to be on their receiver with the least amount of catches, you're probably in the wrong business."
That seems to be the popular sentiment in the Redskins' locker room. Cornerback Phillip Buchanon was covering the Texans' Andre Johnson at the start of the fourth quarter, fourth-down
play in Sunday's game that helped Houston tie the score. Johnson, of course, zipped past Buchanon and then jumped over Doughty in the end zone to catch the touchdown pass.
Asked if he was bothered by Hall's comments, Buchanon said, "I was bothered by the loss.
Houston's a good team, and they made the plays. It's over with."
We'll have to ask coaches how Hall's desire to cover the opponent's top receiver might affect the defense's gameplans in the future. But it would seem that something has to give.
"That's a schematic thing that the coaches will have to figure out," said Doughty. "I don't know what their plans are for that. I just think it was more he wants to be in that position. He was just letting the coaches know he has confidence in himself, and I think there's nothing wrong with that."
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