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Hall: 'This Is the Place for Me' (Updated)

From Jason La Canfora:

DeAngelo Hall said he chose the Redskins over other suitors because he is from southern virginia, and grew ip dreaming of playing here. He said he hopes to have a future here well beyond the one-year deal he signed.

"I just kind of feel like this is the place for me," said Hall, who said his release from Oakland was based solely on his contract and not his conduct. Hall also said of the Skins: "it came down to what team do I feel like I have a future with."

Hall said the Raiders wanted to clear cap space just months after trading two picks for him. He is unsure how much he will play right away, and has no problem coming off the bench even though he has been a starter his entire career. He knows he's joining a crowded group of corners, but said, "I feel like I do fit in here, whether its right away or in the future."

He said he is eager to play man coverage and attributes some of the big plays he gave up with the Raiders to "trying to do too much."

Hall acknowledged some problems in his past, saying his departure from Atlanta had at least something to do with his clashes with former coach Bobby Petrino. He said he must continue to "mature" and feels like being part of a stable organization will help.

He was fined $100,000 by the Falcons last year for a blowup on the sideline during a September game against Carolina but said the fine was rescinded on appeal, "I got it all back," he said.

Cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray pointed out that Hall does take gambles jumping routes and trying to make plays on the ball - "that's how you get to the Pro Bowl," Gray said - but they must be in moderation. You can't take "riverboat gambler" risks, he said, but "you try to take calculated risks."

Gray said the team will figure out through practice how soon and how much Hall will play, but the big play potential and ability to return interceptions for scores were very attractive to a team that lacks takeaways.

By Cindy Boren  |  November 10, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
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Worst case scenario: 2 years down the road, Tryon hasn't improved, is still an awful cover corner, and can't be trusted to even be a dimeback. He gets released.

Best case scenario: Tryon improves his coverage skills and becomes a solid nickel-back. In this case, he becomes what Torrence currently is.

Not trying to be a negative nancy about this situation, as obviously Hall is a great pickup. Just defending my opinion.

Posted by: psps23 | November 10, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

So with all the practices and workouts that you've been watching, you've reasonably concluded that Tryon's best-case scenario is that he becomes a decent nickel-back?

With all due respect, your opinion is pretty nancy-negative, and based on what you saw in a couple of rookie pre-season games.

Oh, and FIRST!

Even if he does get cut a couple years down the line, what did we lose? We lost out on Leigh Torrence...I think we'll recover from that.

Posted by: p1funk | November 10, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Re: Bye Week adjustments.

1) We need more Cooley in the red zone.

2) As someone else stated, Rock Cartwright needs to be coming in to spell CP - Shaun Alexander needs to be getting the other guys their Gatorade.

3) I'd like to see us install a couple of our own "Wildcat" formations with Randle El taking the snap. I know that it is gimmicky and everyone is doing it, but quite frankly it is working. The Eagles used it last night with DeSean Jackson and got a TD out of it. The only time I saw it shut down was when Miami went to it too much against the Ravens. Especially with Randle El's passing ability, it could be a very very effective wrinkle.

Posted by: p1funk | November 10, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Hall inside the locker room right now....

Said Al Davis had a few talks with him and said he thought the record would be better than what it is. And since he was last man in, he was the 1st man to go........

also said they played Man 24/7 regardless of the offense.......

Said the media has created the 'Meangelo' persona and that's the only place he heard it from and he's never heard it from his teamates and he'll block for Santana and ARE......

Said he would have came here last offseason, but was impatient because he wanted to get out of the ATL ASAP.....

Doc Walker has a Man Crush because of his skills and talent........

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 10, 2008 12:15 PM |

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 10, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

p1funk, obviously we'll just agree to disagree on Torrence v Tryon. Not a big deal either way.

This could end up being the steal of the year. Hall has undeniable physical talents, and if he's brought up in the right scheme, he could be masterful. His propensity to gamble could actually be embraced in this defense, as we have one of the best over-the-top safeties in the game giving help.

Posted by: psps23 | November 10, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Everytime Torrence went on the field for defense - we all said the same thing...

"I hope the QB doesn't throw his way."

Great guy, popular, guys liked him. He made friends on the team - all that.

Are we better with or without him? Can we find someone to replace him?

Definately so.

Posted by: ssh1549 | November 10, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a youngster ready to take big steps forward to me. Of course, only time will tell, but it sounds like a pretty dam good start.

Posted by: craig2 | November 10, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope he plays sparingly on defense this week but returns punts immediately, I think this is where he make a big impact right away. As a Hokie fan I remember many a big return by Meangelo, he is a dynamic returner.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 10, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hall takes Beantown Greg's kids to the zoo - that would be killer, and will earn him lots of respect with RI.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 10, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

johnd, are you kidding me?? How about if he takes me to the zoo....I'd appreciate it more than they would...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 10, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Is'nt this the same DeAngelo Hall that "hates" T.O.????? If so, that would rock if he came out this week and destroyed him....Waaahaaaahaaa (evil laughter)....

Posted by: CourtneeSmith | November 10, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Remember the last time the Raiders got rid of a former pro-bowler? He went on to the New England Patriots and pretty much broke every receiving record in the NFL. Maybe Oakland is just where players go to die and get bad attitudes? Have you heard anything really negative about Moss since he left Oakland?

Posted by: catdog8303 | November 10, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I still remember listening on the radio espn 1310 in Hampton Roads about 3 years ago when they had DeAngelo on as a guest(he's a local there). They asked him what owner did he most want to play for (besides Blank of course). He said Dan Snyder because he grew up a Redskin fan. I remember thinking how cool it would be if he ever did come here, then I thought it would probably never happen.
His comments today still match up with those he made 3 years ago. Which is why I believe he is being sincere and intends to straighten out his career here and maybe become a gamebreaker for us.

BTW Has there been any talk about D. Hall returning punts?

Posted by: Predator48 | November 10, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Is'nt this the same DeAngelo Hall that "hates" T.O.????? If so, that would rock if he came out this week and destroyed him....Waaahaaaahaaa (evil laughter)....

Posted by: CourtneeSmith | November 10, 2008 1:03 PM

yeh dude, he hates TO cuz last time they played, TO blazed hall for 2 TDs and over 100 yards recieving, and TO was taunting him. So don't get TOO hyped for that re-match.

Posted by: JABrooks | November 10, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Randy Moss example really makes me hope that his performance this season so far was related to the desperate, poisonous atmosphere that Crazy Al Davis has created in Oakland. Its hard to play at 100% for such an aimless team with no clear leadership or continuity in the organization. I would love to see Darrell Green call Deangelo up sometime soon to reiterate to him what it means to be a Redskin. I think he can definitely make a return to his pro-bowl form here if we give him a chance. BTW, how much longer is Springs under contract? Is this his last year?

Posted by: mgm2rr | November 10, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Last post hit what I was thinking; this is a tryout of sorts to replace Shawn Springs who doesn't like Washington. Hopefully they have found another cover corner and can move on from the oft-injured Springs who likely wants to close his career with Dummas, er Dallfunk.

Posted by: tdpillo123 | November 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I know Spring's father played for Dallas, but he grew up in Silver Spring and went to Springbrook. Seems like he'd have more ties to DC than Dallas.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

If Hall has a Randy-Moss-like resurgence, he will challenge Smoot or Rogers for top spot CB (if Springs is injured), not just a three. Good batch of corners, lets get a pass rush from front four (Taylor and Griffin healthy), that should be interestin'..

Posted by: frak | November 10, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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