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Spagnuolo's thoughts on matching a corner against a top WR

Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo was formerly a successful defensive coordinator with the New York Giants, so it seemed only fitting to seek his thoughts on cornerback DeAngelo Hall's recent comments.

Frustrated because of late defensive breakdowns in the overtime loss to the Houston Texans, Hall earlier this week announced he plans to cover opponents' top receiver for the remainder of the season. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who likes the way Hall thinks, said it would be difficult to have one corner shadow a receiver all game and play within the confines of the scheme.

And Spagnuolo?

"Interesting question," Spagnuolo said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Redskins. "A lot goes back to your personnel first and the personnel you're facing and if you feel you need to do that. It is hard in this league to have the luxury of two [elite corners]. You hear the term, "Two shutdown corners.' It is hard to have that on one football team. If you do, you never have to worry about matching corners.

"If you feel one is a little bit better, or has some skills of what you're trying to get done ... I think it is probable. I think we would all like to just be able to stay left and right. It sounds simple, but it's a little easier getting lined up that way than finding somebody and having to flip left and right."

By Jason Reid  | September 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense, DeAngelo Hall, Jim Haslett  | Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, Jim Haslett  
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Redskins defense has a big day. Start 'em if you got 'em.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Spags should be kicking himself for passing on the Skins job...there is no possible way the Rams gig is a better situation...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Brown - No pressure in St. Louis. You inherited a bad team, can only go up from there.

If he fails = Def coordinator position elsewhere

If he wins = hero, contract extension, more money.

Win/Win in his book.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse


Win/Win in his book.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:29 AM |

What's in St. Louis besides an arch and maybe some BBQ ?

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Man, posting here in the morning is soooo much better. poopy and all his sock puppets take control of the board in the evening and early morning hours. Drives me nuts.

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 6:54 AM

They can't take control of the board if you don't let them Hess...take it to them...show them who is boss!! Who wants to talk about the Redskins and football all day anyhow?

That being said...I hope the skins keep up the intensity and do not lay an egg on sunday.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Sounds good in theory o_b...but they're in the midst of an ownership change and they have a pencil-pusher for a GM, not a "football guy". That situation is failure personified...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

What's in St. Louis besides an arch and maybe some BBQ ?

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Cardinals. They trump the Rams in St Louis.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

What's in St. Louis besides an arch and maybe some BBQ ?

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Cardinals. They trump the Rams in St Louis.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:41 AM

That arch is pretty darn cool looking...and they have those beer horses...that about it.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

SHANAHAN DEVISES NEW SCHEMES FOR THE RAMS

ASHBURN, VA -- Redskins Outsider is first to report that the office lights were on late at Redskins Park last night.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and the rest of his coaching staff were reportedly working out a new set of plays and scheme to introduce against this weekend's opponent, the St. Louis Rams -- to include some nine- and ten-player sets.

According to our sources, Shanahan is so frustrated that some of his second and third stringers (and even some of the first teamers) are not stepping up to handle their assigned roles -- that has promised to play on without them, rather than just put them out there and watch them fail and flounder.

For example, there are reportedly several sets with only one wide receiver in the package -- while in another whole series of plays, the starting running back is relegated to being little more than a chip blocker.

On the defensive side of the line, there are several sets where the team just won't line up with a nose tackle -- and then there's a special "freelance" set where all the linebackers, corners and safeties can run around wherever and whenever they like -- all the while pointing at each other.

According to the coach, "If that's the way these folks want to play, well then dammit, that's the way we'll do it."

Posted by: Vic1 | September 23, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse


Don't forget the Cardinals. They trump the Rams in St Louis.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:41 AM |

Speaking of the Cardinal's, I think Arizona should had renamed there football team and St. Louis should had renamed there team when both teams moved from St. Louis and LA, ala the Browns. I mean, the Baltimore Ravens sound better than the Baltimore Browns.

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

you can travel to the top of the arch, in this egg-shaped thing...only fits about 3-4 adults in it...once at the top, the most noticable thing is how high up you are, and how much the arch moves in the wind....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 23, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Lou is more than a Rams car and little arch.

I can't wait to get this game over with (hopefully with a win) so the team can start go get amped up for Philly.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 23, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

St Louis > Cleveland???

Never been to either but I hear Cleveland is pretty awful.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 23, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Don't you get penalized for not having enough players on the field? I thought the 'Skins were back in that game in '07 against Buffalo when they started the game with 10 players.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Spags should be kicking himself for passing on the Skins job...there is no possible way the Rams gig is a better situation...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse


I don't know, bro.

I'd take working for an absentee owner who doesn't care over a meddling Napoleonic tyrant and his leashed incompetent Vinny any day.

They are both failing situations, but the Rams strike me as a failing situation with less stress.

Posted by: p1funk | September 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Don't you get penalized for not having enough players on the field? I thought the 'Skins were back in that game in '07 against Buffalo when they started the game with 10 players.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse


I don't know if a flag got thrown, but the ensuing play went for like 20 yards...we kind of penalized ourselves.

Sort of cast on a pall on the situation when you are trying to honor someone and the other team gets a big gain.

Of course we should have taken it as a prophetic indication of things to come post-Sean Taylor...big problems at safety position that continue to this day.

Posted by: p1funk | September 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 8:56 AM

No penalty, we just gave up a 20 yard run.

I was there, probably the most depressing game I've ever witnessed. We just sat there after it was over. I was convinced there was no God at that point.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

St. Louis isn't a bad city at all. Definitely better than Cleveland, no question.

Or any city in Ohio.

Cleveland will however host the 2014 Gay Games.


Apologies to all the Clevelanders...

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

no one is giving up a 2nd for 31/32 year old Jason Taylor.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 23, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

There, fixed it for ya!
Sounds familiar doesn't it??
Could happen again!

Posted by: monk811 | September 23, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I'd take working for an absentee owner who doesn't care over a meddling Napoleonic tyrant and his leashed incompetent Vinny any day.

They are both failing situations, but the Rams strike me as a failing situation with less stress.

Posted by: p1funk | September 23, 2010 8:59 AM


A lot of people don't see it that way...especially if you're a competitor.

Most players and coaches want an owner who will give them whatever they need/want to succeed. Having a tight-wad owner who doesn't care leads one to ask the question, "if he doesn't care, then why should I?" Snyder's problem has been that the doesn't spend his money wisely, not that he won't spend. So for me, I'd rather go with an owner that spends and hope that he figures out the right way to do it, than a guy who doesn't care and probably never will.

Seems to me, anyone who thrives on competition would feel the same way...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Ryp and p1 (still hate you...), thanks for clarifying.


Definitely remembering feeling numb after that game. But at that point I couldn't have cared less about them going to the playoffs. when Sean Taylor died the season went with him, imo.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

monk, to compare JayTaylor with Andre Carter is a bit of a stretch don't you think?? One guy is a HOF player, while the other is a better than average player...

Also, who is VCerrato the GM for again...because he's the ONLY guy who would make that kind of trade...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 23, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Red, you can't get penalized for having too few men on the field...just if you have too many. Makes sense...if a team WANTS to get scored on it's their business, I guess.

I've never been to Cleveland either, but it's gotta be bad if a place is almost unimously considered "the mistake by the lake"...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Cleveland will however host the 2014 Gay Games.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:07 AM

Hey hessone...what event are you training for? (not that there's anything wrong with that

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

ST is still the only jersey I wear to games... crazy to think how good our D could be with him roaming free and Landry in the box...sigh.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Also, who is VCerrato the GM for again...because he's the ONLY guy who would make that kind of trade...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 23, 2010 9:15 AM


Don't sleep on Al Davis...if we could get AC to run a 4.3 40, we'd have a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th coming our way by week's end...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

ST is still the only jersey I wear to games... crazy to think how good our D could be with him roaming free and Landry in the box...sigh.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 23, 2010 9:21 AM

What was his contract situation when he passed...I don't recall...I would have hoped we were planning on signing him long term.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

What was his contract situation when he passed...I don't recall...I would have hoped we were planning on signing him long term.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:25 AM


If you recall, he didn't like his rookie deal almost immediately after signing it. I don't think it's a stretch to think it would have been an issue going into the '08 offseason, especially with the kind of year he was having before he got hurt.

I know it's not a popular sentiment considering the tragedy with which his tenure as a Redskin ended, but I'm highly doubtful he would have been a Redskin for much longer...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What was his contract situation when he passed...I don't recall...I would have hoped we were planning on signing him long term.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:25 AM


If you recall, he didn't like his rookie deal almost immediately after signing it. I don't think it's a stretch to think it would have been an issue going into the '08 offseason, especially with the kind of year he was having before he got hurt.

I know it's not a popular sentiment considering the tragedy with which his tenure as a Redskin ended, but I'm highly doubtful he would have been a Redskin for much longer...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

BREAKIN NEWZ

Winter Classic To Get Hard Knocked
by Jordan Ruby • Sep 23, 2010 9:35 AM EDT

Year in and year out, Hard Knocks is one of the best shows on television. it gives unprecedented access to athletes acting candidly in an environment many of us would otherwise never get to see Now, Hard Knocks is leaving the gridiron, and heading to the ice.

According to multiple sources, Later this afternoon, HBO will announce a new show that will chronicle the lead up to this year's winter classic, featuring the Capitals and the Penguins at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field. It will mix parts of "Hard Knocks" and "24/7" a show they have produced leading up to a number of different boxing matches.

More info after the jump.

According to Seth Rorabaugh, who broke the news earlier this morning, the show will feature players being mic'd up, both on the ice and off. Hopefully, it will also feature translation for when Alex Ovechkin goes off on Sidney Crosby in a profanity laced Russian outburst.

Much like "Hard Knocks," this NHL series will have players wearing microphones on and off the ice and would offer an uncensored look at the Penguins and Capitals leading up to the New Year's Day game. A game between the Penguins and Capitals Dec. 23 in Washington is expected to be one of the main focuses.
And that's what should make this show so great. Not the swearing, but that we'll be able to see these guys for who they really are. There's a big difference between how candid a person can be on anything-goes HBO, and how cadid they have to be when dealing with the local media; which is the majority of our exposure to them.
If the NHL version is similar to the original Hard Knocks, but with Alexander Ovechkin in the leading role, it should easily surpass it's NFL predecessor.

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse


Cleveland will however host the 2014 Gay Games.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:07 AM

Hey hessone...what event are you training for? (not that there's anything wrong with that

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:19 AM |

It's you and me playing table tennis.
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"not that there's anything wrong with that"

Hmmmm, sounds like a poopy quote my man.

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What's in St. Louis besides an arch and maybe some BBQ ?

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Lot of meth and a big designer drug problem overall. Its the Baltimore of the midwest in that respect.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

brown, that could have very well played out that way with Sean Taylor. I think they had to restructure his deal where he received bonus money. But there is no reason to think that ANY player is around for the long haul after you draft them.


I'm sure the 'skins would've made him a very generous offer though. Taylor was one of those "once" or a "few every generation" guys. You never let those types leave. Whatever offer they would've made they wouldn't have overpaid for him. He was that good.


Besides, his contract might have prevented Haynesworth from signing here. You never know.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

It's you and me playing table tennis.
"not that there's anything wrong with that"

Hmmmm, sounds like a poopy quote my man.

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 9:40 AM

Haha...that's nasty hess! And yep...hessone quoting PlayAction quoting poopy quoting seinfeld quoting...?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

4th where'd you get that from?

That's easily the best news I've heard since the Redskins hired Shanahan and the Wizards landed the #1 pick.

The Caps on the NHL's version of Hard Knocks!!

Absolutely beautiful.

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Besides, his contract might have prevented Haynesworth from signing here. You never know.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:43 AM


Ugh...I didn't think there was any way to feel any worse about ST's death, and you just found it. Damn Red...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Brown...and good point about AH Red...dear god...if ST went somewhere else in the NFC East...I don't even wanna think about it...

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Liked the winter classic game a few years back when they played in the snow in Buffalo.


Nothing cooler than watching a fast paced outdoor game with heavy snow fall. Always thought how much it has to suck to play a game in 120 degree weather.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Really brown. You figure if they have Portis', Moss', and Taylor's contract on the books -- you know they would've made their fair share of dough, where does that leave room for Haynesworth and his 100 million dollar bilge?

Posted by: RedDMV | September 23, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

monk, to compare JayTaylor with Andre Carter is a bit of a stretch don't you think?? One guy is a HOF player, while the other is a better than average player...

Also, who is VCerrato the GM for again...because he's the ONLY guy who would make that kind of trade...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 23, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

This may not be as dumb as you think. When Jason Taylor was traded to us, his skills were already diminishing, he was traded on name alone. Even though Carter is over 30, he just had probably his best year last year. Even though Carter won't be going to the HOF like Taylor, I bet Carter will post most sacks at this point in his career than Taylor, especially if he is moved back to a 4-3 team where he can put his hand in the ground, pin his ears back and go!
Plus, I don't think Vinny is the ONLY dumbazz to trade a 2nd for a player like that. Sure, now that Vinny is gone that town has it's idiot back, but it wasn't just Vinny, it was the injury to 2 players at that position that caused us to 'panic' and trade for Taylor. There were other teams involved, we had to up the price or someone else might have gotten him. You never know when some team next year has a major injury to deal with and someone will come a callin!

Posted by: monk811 | September 23, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

A dude could do some decent trolling toggling between MS, Foxfire and Chrome. To RI it is three different bloggers. Are there any other bowsers out there to include in the toggle set?

Posted by: ChinaLake | September 23, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The Terps schedule Texas. Christ on a crutch. Does the new AD have a feckin' death wish or what?

Posted by: ChinaLake | September 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Can hardly wait to see a bunnch of crazy broke @ss english Ovie quotes "the russian machine does not break"....

I think Snyder knew how valuable a player and marketing peice ST was. I fuly expected him to be a skin for life, possible naive but oh well. Just sucks with the way dirty 30 is ballin... AREA 51 RIP.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 23, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Obviously we all agree JTay was a bust here in DC. But why was he a bust? Because he's through? He's playing on one of the most famous (though possibly overrated) D's in the league right now. I think he's even starting.

Jason was mis-used in DC and had an almost career ending injury early in the season. Yes, we got nothing for our 2nd rounder. But that's not because he was terrible, it was because we never got to really play him at all.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 23, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor didn't make it here because he never gave Washington a chance. Sure, he was injured, but he was being difficult and wouldn't come to the offseason stuff, he got paid and the motivation was sucked out of him, sound like anyone familiar?

Posted by: monk811 | September 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

What's in St. Louis besides an arch and maybe some BBQ ?

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Lot of meth and a big designer drug problem overall. Its the Baltimore of the midwest in that respect.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 23, 2010 9:41 AM |

If they built another arch right next to the existing one and painted them both gold they could make a ton of $$$ from Mickey D.

Posted by: ChinaLake | September 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

More Bradford beeps...

Posted by: PlayAction | September 23, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I mean, the Baltimore Ravens sound better than the Baltimore Browns.

Posted by: hessone | September 23, 2010 8:49 AM |

No, the Baltimore Browns sounds perfect. Sounds like a Poopy joke. Which, by the way, is consuming your life hessy. You do realize that you woke up, came on the blog before 7am and posted somethiung about him don't you? Like I said dude, let it go before you have a heart attack.

As far as Cleveland goes...well, my sister lives there. It has a few good things going for it...but just a few. It is a pretty crappy place all in all. Also, I would take Cincinatti over St. Louis anyday. St. Louis is a dump.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

vic1 - negative comments?
rypien11 - looking past the Rams?
pfunk - negative comments?

gooooood morning all!

on that note, I think we should re-sign LJ when the playoffs start, I'm sure we'll have at least 2 home field advantage games. Brandon Banks will return 8 punts for TDs Sunday and we'll win 70-17, but the 17 will come in scrub time and the league will decide, finally, that none of those points or stats count.

and, we'll be so successful with missing man formation that we'll trade half our roster for vincent jackson, mcNabb will sign a 5 yr 5 mil contract because he's a "team" guy.

yay

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 23, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I remember a little guy [HOF] who used to play for a team called the Redskins. I think his name was Darrell Green, if memory serves me correctly he welcomed the challenge of playing every team's best receiver.....one-on-one baby, just you & me.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 23, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

yknow who was a huge DGreen fan? DHall!

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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