5 questions with Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall

Mike Smith calmly asks DeAngelo Hall to take a long walk off a short pier back in 2009 at the Georgia Dome. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Mike Smith calmly asks DeAngelo Hall to take a long walk off a short pier back in 2009 at the Georgia Dome. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

FLOWERY BRANCH — We chatted with Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngleo Hall via conference call today.

He talked about RGIII, the Skins’ leaky defense and noted that he and Falcons head coach Mike Smith made up over drinks in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.

Here’s what D. Hall had to say:

Q: How big was that win over Tampa Bay last week?

A: It was huge. We let a couple of these other games get away from us. As bad as it got toward the end, it was good to close one out the right way.

Q: What’s the energy like in D.C. with the rookie quarterback and the Redskins being competitive at 2-2?

A: It’s crazy. He’s probably the most popular guy behind President Obama. He’s a rock star. Everywhere we go, he has a huge following. A lot of people are supporting the Redskins and supporting him. It’s nice to have that kind of backing. It’s kind of like when Mike Vick was on top and we would go to different cities. It’s crazy. That’s kind of what the atmosphere and vibe is like around here.

Q: How is the defense coming along?

A: We’ve struggled. If you look at the stats, we’ve definitely struggled with consistency. But we feel good about the guys that we got. I think the question mark coming into the season was how good could this quarterback be and how good could we be offensively. I think we’ve answered all of those questions so far through the short season. The pressure is going to fall back on us on defense. We love that. We love to have that kind of pressure on us.

Q: What is your secondary coach Raheem Morris saying about the Falcons to help you all get ready?

A: He loves these guys. He loves you guys, I should say. He loves the receivers, the running game and the quarterback. He said you all are the real deal. I haven’t played Atlanta in a long time so I can’t really speak about a lot of the guys over there. The only guy I know in that offense is Roddy White. But they are explosive. Matt is coming into his own. He looks like the guy you guys thought he would be all along. He’s playing at an MVP caliber level right now. He has some great weapons to throw the ball to. They have definitely taken care of him from that aspect. The O-line is ferocious.

Q: Is everything cool with you and Coach Smith?

A:Naw, I still hate him and want to kill him. Come on, D. Led! We’re cool. We got a chance to sit and reminiscent over some drinks out in Hawaii. I guaranteed that I’d help him win some money at the Pro Bowl. We were able to do that. I got a chance to be around that coaching staff and make our amends, me and him and the rest of the coaching staff. I’m excited to see those guys before the game and say ‘what’s up.’ Make sure that everything is going good and make sure that their families are doing good before the whistle blows.

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47 comments Add your comment

Mora less Petrino

October 3rd, 2012
2:37 pm

I’m surprised Hall is still in the NFL! I’m thinking he has a tough day coming up with the Falcons passing game.

Answer This

October 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Should have asked him was he ready to get burned this weekend! The Birds are coming to your town DHALL. Better get ready!

FalCANs Rock!

October 3rd, 2012
2:50 pm

I am impressed with Hall’s attitude. I was a big fan of his, but I was turned off by his attitude when he acted like a sore loser with the Falcons. We will have to see how he acts this week before I buy it. It’s funny to think that Sanders (21) finished with the Skins too.

warfalcon

October 3rd, 2012
3:01 pm

His name is “MEANGELO“ LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samuel

October 3rd, 2012
3:05 pm

I think Rg3 might be more accurate than Cam Newton, but who would the Falcon secondary want to tackle, if they got past the defensive line? I like are chances with Rg3. So let’s hope it’s a long day for D hall and the Washington Redskins.

cdog

October 3rd, 2012
3:06 pm

warfalcon, why do you call him meangelo? playing cornerback is an individual position where if your skills are not good, you won”t be there long.look at the corners atlanta has had over the years.deangelo is still there so he has to be good.whats the problem with him? just asking friendly.he is good

rollo lawson

October 3rd, 2012
3:13 pm

Nice interview. Now, let’s focus on Sunday. Dled, will we do a better job at stopping the run? Will our defense do a better job of pressuring the Qb. How about some screens to slow down the opposing pass rush? Lets get Julio involved early. Hard to double team a receiver when he is in motion. No more roll outs on 3rd and 3 please!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 3rd, 2012
3:19 pm

rollo lawson — Good points. Working on all of your questions. Talked to several of the D-line. They hate Washington’s cut blocking scheme.

PMC

October 3rd, 2012
3:22 pm

Good Job D Led. Always like D Hall off the field, sort of like Steve Smith.

THe Real Falcon

October 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter Interesting to hear about the cut-blocking since we used it here for a while under Mora.

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Dirty Bird

October 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Well, he won’t have to kill Smithy, if we decide to have these last second heroics every week.
Man, cardiac birds for sure.

When we got the ball back at the 1, I told my brother, a big Falcon hater, that it felt reminiscent of the Bears game where we got the FG with 6 seconds left.

Lo and behold!

RG3 should be a test, but I feel our offense will be too much for that Skins defense to handle.

falCANS

October 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

D-Lo was def a fan fave….still got love for him!!… Too bad he about to get embarrased

mark

October 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

DLed any word on Julio I know coach Smith is like a vault when it comes to injury but I think we are going to need to score 30 again and need Julio to catch some balls! Also he is on my fantasy team. I always thought DHall got a bad rap while in ATL, although I will never forget about about that Steve Smith penalty.

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SirReal

October 3rd, 2012
4:36 pm

Its been ages since he’s played for us.lol I hope he’s ready to get burned by Mr. Jones. They’ll be all he can handle. Wish him the best of luck in life though. I’m sure he and his millions will be very happy once he hangs it up for good.

David

October 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

Me Hall is a piece of &hit.

JSS

October 3rd, 2012
5:16 pm

I see the maturity level has hit new lows in the so-called “Great Football Geniuses of Snarky Central!” That’s a nice laid back interview for a change, funny the same people who always decry people not letting the past failures of this franchise are the same ones hollering “Me-Angelo” and the other derisions leveled at anyone not wearing the current dead crow logo…

@ Rollo Lawson… Great comment…

Art Vandelay

October 3rd, 2012
5:16 pm

Come on, DLed — why did you have to make Hall sound like a completely decent dude? How are we supposed to continue to hate his guts and call him names when he’s saying nice things about the Falcons’ organization and the current roster? It’s actually refreshing to see that he’s matured a bit. I wish him the best of luck in DC, starting next Monday.

ernisTbass

October 3rd, 2012
5:20 pm

burn him a couple times and rub it in, he’ll be good for at least two 15yd penalties

Michael M.

October 3rd, 2012
7:06 pm

This could be a trap game this weekend for the Falcons………….kind of don’t like the idea we have to play em up there, but whatever………………………after seeing how the Team has played and overcome the past four games, got to give this one to the Falcons too……………………………………………………

Atlanta 34 – Skins 27

and stick it troll……………………………….

shesoleo

October 3rd, 2012
7:18 pm

I truly liked DHall when he was with the Falcons,but after the interaction he had with coach Smith on the sideline when we last played the Skins I don’t trust a word he says as in (Do you hear the LIES that are coming out of his BIG MOUTH)

Getaway

October 3rd, 2012
7:46 pm

I hope D Hall has gotten his act together. I liked him a lot, too, until his melt down in 2007. He really let Steve Smith get under his skin and push all his buttons.

tom

October 3rd, 2012
7:51 pm

MANGELO is scary. He said all the right things.

Just Sayin

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 pm

The NFC East has beaten every NFC South team they have faced.

Just sayin….

Mora less Petrino

October 3rd, 2012
10:15 pm

The NFC East hasn’t faced the Birds. Just sayin…

Just Sayin

October 3rd, 2012
10:22 pm

Exactly, but the teams the Falcons have faced, including the upcoming game has a 2011 combined record of 34-46.

Just sayin…..

Singletary

October 4th, 2012
12:56 am

DeAngelo is a good player who “smartened up” when Shanahan offered him a leadership role upon his arrival. He wouldn’t have lasted through all those coaches if he remained C- in attitude. I think it is funny that he and Smitty sat down over drinks. Proof positive they are both adults. I hope we pull this one out in DC, my home of almost 30 years, but we have to go in thinking we are underdogs. In one draft, they have put together a good team. Looks like Snyder finally let a coach make some decisions.

ParanoidAndroid

October 4th, 2012
6:58 am

MeAngelo, meet Julio. Now say bye to Julio.

MeAngelo is going to get torched my Julio and Roddy all day. Matt is going to target him for saying all that junk about the team and coach. Doesn’t matter what’s written right now, they don’t forget that type of disrespect

I usually just read but...

October 4th, 2012
7:34 am

“The O-line is ferocious.”
?

Esquire

October 4th, 2012
7:58 am

If Hall extracts a 15 yard unsportsmanlike out of Roddy then his trash talk worked. He’s a troll.

CDFALCONS

October 4th, 2012
8:06 am

Don’t fall for D Angelo Gracious comments towards our Dirty birds. We will kick their butts and then some this Sunday. Nice Ain’t our style, we will take all comer’s who want our Championship. Dirty birds 5-0 THAT’S RIGHT I SAID IT!

4dabird

October 4th, 2012
8:21 am

The only thing that worries me about Hall, is that he has been burnt and disgraced by the Falcons and he might be due to finally make some sort of impact against us. You know if there is one team he wants to look good against…it’s the Falcons.

Ryder

October 4th, 2012
11:32 am

Atlanta has to force RGIII to throw deep, because if not the Redskins will hurt the Falcons with their short screen passes. The front four must not allow Alfred Morris to run wild like he has the first 4 games of the year. The Falcons offense will play well, but the defense must do a better job of containment than they did last week, or the Redskins will win handily.

Just Sayin

October 4th, 2012
12:16 pm

@Ryder

The deep ball is RG3’s stength. He already has at least 2 tds of 65 yards or more.

Just sayin…..

Jim S.

October 4th, 2012
12:16 pm

I’ll give D Hall credit for toning it down. That’s to his credit and to Smith’s credit that they were able to settle those differences. I’m still no fan of D Hall, but I’ll give him his ‘props’, as it were.

Aint's

October 4th, 2012
12:30 pm

Go back to the Aint’s, you troll… Just Sayin

Aint's

October 4th, 2012
12:30 pm

Go back to the Aint’s, you troll… Just Sayin

Esquire

October 4th, 2012
1:15 pm

Jim S.

October 4th, 2012
12:16 pm

I’ll give D Hall credit for toning it down. That’s to his credit and to Smith’s credit that they were able to settle those differences. I’m still no fan of D Hall, but I’ll give him his ‘props’, as it were.
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Hall won’t have it toned down on Sunday………………he’ll be all mouth.

Trade 4 Tim Teabow

October 4th, 2012
1:17 pm

Smitty lucky the Nfl did not fire him 4 his fite with Hall. He had no bussines doing that.

Mike Franklin

October 4th, 2012
1:38 pm

There was a kid on my high school team that always reminded me of D Hall; over-spoken… basically a smartass with just enough talent to back it up. You can’t help but like ‘em but you still resent the living daylights out of ‘em for the arrogance.

True Falcon Fan

October 4th, 2012
2:00 pm

1:38 Yo “Ben” as in “Franklin” which D-Hall you been watchin —- MeAngelo is NOT a very good football player “PERIOD”! White, Jones & Tony will roast that “CHUMP!

Bet the under in this game, Falcons WIN —- 28 – 19

Go Falcons

billy bob from cobb

October 4th, 2012
2:43 pm

There is no bad blood between the players. D lives in the same neighborhood with a lot of the falcons. Roddy and him are friends. Its business to these guys and we are the ones who get all caught up in the hype

billy bob from cobb

October 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

Don’t know much about Mr. Hall on the field but will say he is a fine neighbor and supper nice guy off the field.

True Falcon Fan

October 4th, 2012
3:19 pm

Folks back in the early 1990’s — the Dallas Cowboys built the offensive powerhouse nucleus known later to be called nicknamed “The Triplets”
Here we are 2012 —- what do Falcons have offensively: “Quadruplets”, “Quintuplets” or maybe even “Sextuplets” —– So Shanahan pick your poison baby, “Bring it” — Falcons will WIN this game Sunday!

Go Falcons :) :) :) :) :)

GTT

October 4th, 2012
4:08 pm

Seems to have mellowed out some. Good for him.

Yo Vince

October 4th, 2012
6:24 pm

That was a real classy interview with an X Falcon. Hope we beat the crap out of him though!