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UPDATED: Zorn expects league to look into Hall-Smith incident

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said Monday that he would expect the NFL would look into the sideline incident involving Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall and Atlanta Coach Mike Smith during Sunday's 31-17 victory for the Falcons. League spokesman Greg Aiello said such incidents are always reviewed but a decision about any fines or discipline won't come until later in the week, most likely Friday.

"I'm sure the league's going to look at that and decide what they want to do with it," Zorn said.

Hall was furious after Sunday's game, saying that Smith and a Falcons assistant coach physically grabbed him in the melee, which followed an out-of-bounds hit by Washington safety LaRon Landry on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. Hall said he would pursue the matter by calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president-football operations.

Hall did not speak with reporters Monday at Redskins Park, but he told a team spokesman he would pursue the matter through the NFL Players Association.
Zorn said he agreed with Hall's assessment of the situation.

"I read what he said," Zorn said, "and it looked to me on video that's exactly what happened."

Hall, who originally entered the fray going after Landry, was not penalized on the play. Zorn, who reviewed the play Monday in detail, said he actually was pleased with how Hall comported himself during the incident.

"What he was trying to do was get LaRon off the sideline," Zorn said. "LaRon was going [away from the sideline], and then [Hall] got grabbed. And when he got grabbed, everybody came around. I think there was some emotion involved because their player just got hit out of bounds, their quarterback. That's a tough deal in itself.

"So the emotion rose, and he was the only guy in there, and he's trying to -- he didn't know what was going to happen, basically. So I started seeing things happen, and I took off and actually got out there to try to make sure that our group didn't go and enter into their sideline."

Zorn said he then had a conversation with Hall as the two walked back across the field.
"He seemed to have it together," Zorn said. "He was not saying superlatives or anything like that. he just had it together, and he knew what was going on."

Smith said Sunday after the game that he didn't know it was Hall, a former Falcon, he was going after.

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 9, 2009; 1:29 PM ET
 
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Comments

The Skins need 4 wins to have a better record than the Zards did last year. They need 6 to best the Nationals. Who will be the cities worst team???

Posted by: alex35332 | November 9, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Levi taking over at LT and Heyer moving back to RT, that has to be better then what we had the last two weeks.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 9, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

f the falcons coaches, they should be heavily fined for laying hands on our player

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 9, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Smith said Sunday after the game that he didn't know it was Hall, a former Falcon, he was going after."

I dug up the exact quote from Mike Smith:

"I didn't know it was Hall. I mean, me and my assistant coach were planning on jacking up someone else - someone like Horton who gets crapped on over there because he's only a 7th rounder. I just saw a Skins uni and went ape-nuts on him, ya know??...but I really had no idea it was Hall, and I'm prepared to swear that to Roger!"

Posted by: p1funk | November 9, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Smith said Sunday after the game that he didn't know it was Hall, a former Falcon, he was going after

just off the record, but as a rule, shouldn't the head coach of an NFL team refrain from throwing punch's at opposing players, regardless of who it is.....??

just sayin....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

i like the Betts trade suggestions, Betts is 30 you numb skulls. no one would even give a 7th rounder for him

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 9, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

LaRon Landry, who was too shy to hit 250 pound running back IN the field of play had no problem hitting a franchise QB out of bounds.

Then Hall starts jawing at ex-teammates, like that won't cause a reaction.

Then Haynesworth, who had two offside penalties earlier, comes over and shoves a couple of guys.

Yeah, give the NFL a call, DeAngelo, maybe people will forget your OLE! move on Michael Turner--the one you perfected a few weeks ago when you shied away from hitting a receiver.

No doubt Smith was obviously the bad guy in all this.

Posted by: TheCork | November 9, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

weep weep

Posted by: League-Source | November 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I likes how Haynesworth changed the dynamic of that melee, he shouldn't have gotten a flag

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 9, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Svrluga also didn't post all of Zorn's comments.

Here, I dug up another quote from JZ:

"Yeah, I guess what I mean is that Mike Smith really put himself in there. I mean, I guess if it were me, what I'm saying is that I'd never jump into something like that - no, sireee. I'd be hiding under the Gatorade table with a pile of towels draped over me if someting like that broke out on our sideline."

Posted by: p1funk | November 9, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Nobody on the Falcons should be upset with D Hall. He doesn't hit anybody at any time, on or off the field.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | November 9, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I likes how Haynesworth changed the dynamic of that melee, he shouldn't have gotten a flag

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 9, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse


Seriously, Haynesworth ran over there, shoved a guy, the Falcons saw "92", and the whole thing died down.

The refs should have thanked him for that bit of crowd control.

Posted by: p1funk | November 9, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Svrluga also didn't post all of Zorn's comments.

Here, I dug up another quote from JZ:

"Yeah, I guess what I mean is that Mike Smith really put himself in there. I mean, I guess if it were me, what I'm saying is that I'd never jump into something like that - no, sireee. I'd be hiding under the Gatorade table with a pile of towels draped over me if someting like that broke out on our sideline."

Posted by: p1funk | November 9, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to mention Zorn would be shivering in the fetal position, muttering, "Stay medium, stay medium..."

WIll DeAngelo start leading cheers in the Skins locker room:
"Hip, Hip, Olé! Hip, hip, Olé!" ?

Posted by: minorthread | November 9, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Zorn actually wet himself......

Posted by: duh2mag | November 9, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing.

Saw the postgame intervew and noted that DHall revised his version of events several times over the short span of the interview -- and continued to do so until the Redskin PR flacks intervened and shooed the media away.

DHall is the one who should be fined... for aggregious jawboning after the play -- jumping into somebody else's fight -- and impersonating an NFL football player.

Again, if the guy could play even half as well as he yapped, they'd open a special wing at Canton for him and all of the other active players who are sure bets to make the Hall of Fame. However, as it stands -- all he'll ever be remembered for being is an overpriced underperformer.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 9, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Refs were on Atlanta's side teh whole game. Not saying we would have won, but it was very poor officiating during that game.

Cartwright is tackled 5 yards out of bounds, nothing. We hit a QB as he releases the ball in the chest with a shoulder, penalty. Very horrible officiating.

A whole entire sideline is attacking a player, nothing. Haynesworth shoves them away, 15 yards.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | November 9, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing was a joke-looked like the football version of the bad news bears. It is just another example of the lack of professionalism this entire organization conducts itself with. Then to stand at your locker after the game and say the things Hall said after a loss...It's loser speak.
Until the organization flushes these me first kind of guys, the losing will continue.

Posted by: skinsfan44 | November 9, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

What was Hall doing in the melee to start with? Does Dan Snyder tuck little De into bed each night with warm milk??

Hall is one of the BAD THINGS wrong with the Snyder gang!!

It is always someone else's fault. Snyder should have never picked this trouble maker up. He was all talk last week, and showed up as a clown on the field!

Posted by: wheeljc | November 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Two comments:
1. Didn't Woody Hayes get fired from Ohio State for hitting an opposing player?
2. Why were Haynesworth and Hall the only Skins trying to protect Landry?

Posted by: bobleme | November 9, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Hall had no business on the Falcon's sidelines. He's a sore loser and an egomaniac. It was a good day for Atlanta
when he was sent packing.

Posted by: gaga19832002 | November 9, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

All you need to do is watch the video replay, They wanted a peice of a Redskin player and Hall was avaliable , they accosted him like a little BE'otch and now its on Yahoo's main page, LOL. D Hall can't tackle that is a fact, the Atlanta sideline wanted his Arss, thats another fact LOL. Time to pay the piper, or whatever their smoking.....

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 9, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

D Hall is a loser/punk/thug. He can't tackle, can't cover, can't speak proper english. He is a distraction to an already excuse first play later team. And Haynesworth is a disgrace. Talk about loser. The Falcons try to draw the Redskins offsides and who obliges them? How many times does a team try this practice and has to call a time out? Instead we're giving up a touchdown. STOP DEFENDING THESE LOSERS AND KEEP YOUR FOCUS.

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Posted by: hessone | November 9, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The Falcons coach should be fined along with the Fish guy. Seriously why were they getting involved. I change my mind The falcons coach should be suspended for one game and a fine....he threw a punch nobody was attacking him. I now consider the falcons organization to totally classless, I hope they fail in the rest of the season

Posted by: Mark99 | November 9, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse


ok...

laron landry made the bad hit out of bounds on the falcon's quarterback...

d. hall was coming to the side line to save him from the falcons wrath...

next thing you know, hall is surrounded by a dozen falcon palyers and coaches...

d. hall, yea, he can't tackle, he talks too much, but to hall's defense, 2 wrongs don't make a right!...

no coach, whether it be little league, high school, bob knight in college and van-gundy (NY Knicks) in the pros, has a right to put their hands on a player...

a coach is supposed to be the steady influence in a situation like that...

where is the outrage that d. hall was jacked up by a dozen falcon players and coaches?...

yet, these idiots on 980 sportstalk radio like kornheiser, sheehan, laverro, czaben and pollin seem to think that it's allright for coaches to not only lay hands on players but to threaten them as well...

all d. hall did was come to the aid of his fellow team mate and was literally jumped by these thugs including the coach...

shameful on the falcon's coach and shameful on these idiot 980 sportalk jock wannabes...

if zorn did what coach smith did these 980 hypocrites would be all over zorn like the falcons were on d. hall...

again, no coach has a right to put his hands on a player, the falcon players seemed to be doing a good job of jacking hall up on their own...

the league needs to fine coach smith for his actions...

it's funny that these hypocritical 980 sportalk wannabes didn't talk about why no one was helping hall until haynesworth came over...

where were the other redskins?...

if i were dan snyder i would fire all the above 980 radio personnel and start over!...

Posted by: docdwb | November 9, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

docdwb,
all d. hall did was come to the aid of his fellow team mate and was literally jumped by these thugs including the coach...

How do you know that was D. Hall's intent? Were you on the sideline listening? Or are you just assuming? Stop defending these athletes. His comments after the game were inappropriate to say the least and he needs to grow up.

Posted by: hessone | November 9, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see MeAngelo still whining. Some people never grow up and take responsibility for their actions. He's not in Atlanta because of his jawing and whining, and his lack of skill at the cornerback position. He knew what he was doing on the sideline and to say that he wants the NFL to look into the matter is a joke. Riggins had it wrong, the entire franchise is a joke. Someone needs to tell MeAngelo to shut up and be a man.

Posted by: mcsmith311 | November 9, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

meangelo went over there looking for trouble,and he got it.laundry could have cared less about the whole thing.meanjello and buttersworth should both be fined.a real 1st class team cerratzo has put together.

Posted by: DLESMonday | November 9, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Bunch a Falcons fans posting on here...

must be dang near ALL of 'em!

That Coach and his meathead Assistant should get fined. Plain and simple.

If not, I'd be the first to LOVE to see players start grabbing opposing Head Coaches by the collars and yanking them around.

Maybe the benches could be charged with protecting the coaches, too.

This could add a whole new dimension. Like 2 points for yanking an assistant coach to the ground after the play. 4 points for the Head Coach.

Either way, don't send DeAngelo over there. Haynesworth? Definitely. He's got a bright future as a bouncer after football. The guy can clear a space, for sure... and those are professional football players he's tossing around like kids.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 10, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

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