Keeping Tabs on Washington's Team

Hall Seizes, Returns Skins Defense In Short-Lived Custody Battle

Here's guessing Jim Haslett is looking for one of those safe haven child drop-off centers

By Janie Campbell
|  Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball after an interception against the New York Giants on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The poor Redskins defense, lost between two imperfect parents like a runaway Sally Draper. Doesn't DeAngelo Hall know that only ends in linoleum in the kisser? 

Considering it started with nothing but air in Reed Doughty's hands, here's guessing he thought it couldn't get any worse under his watch. Reacting to Andre Johnson's game-tying touchdown pass in double coverage Sunday, the mercurial cornerback attempted a custody coup from the locker room Monday morning.

"That ain't how it's going to be from here on out. I'm going to be wherever the [expletive] ball's going," he said. "Wherever the receiver's going, that's where the [expletive] I'm going. That's the bottom line. That's something we got to do in order to win games. So that's what's going to happen.

"It don't matter what [defensive coordinator Jim Haslett] say," he continued. "It don't matter what he say. This my team. This my defense. So I'm [going to] follow the receivers around. That's what I'm [going to do]. If we got to do that to win games, that's what we do."

Huh. Hall's words were pretty tough talk coming from a guy who was cut by the Raiders, something Yahoo sublimely and subtlely pointed out for the visual learners.

But naturally, within hours of openly questioning the command of his defensive coordinator -- who, though there's little anyone can do against Andre Johnson in a jump ball situation, might have deserved the criticism -- Hall was ready to return his seized unit.

These things have a way of working themselves out under the fiery laser death stare of Mike Shanahan.

"Not taking anything away from [Haslett]," he said in an afternoon slot on 106.7 The Fan. "We take the lead from him."

"It comes out a little harsh, a little brash, in heat of the moment. If I could go back and say those words differently, I would have. But I said them and I meant them."

Hall's words may have been as poor a choice as his attempted purchase. The Redskins bring up the rear of the league in total defense and best only the Texans in passing D, though they do rank eighth agains the run. For now, that says as much about Hall on the field as it does about Haslett in the box.

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