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.