DeAngelo Hall joked Wednesday that he’s had to tell players around the NFL that he’s not on ”suicide watch” because of his harsh self-critique following the Washington Redskins’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
”I had so many calls from other guys in the league telling me how great I was as a corner,” Hall said. ”And I’m, like, ‘Dude, I’m not on suicide watch.’ It was amazing, just the reaction that I didn’t think it was going to get.”
”I’m perfectly fine,” Hall added. ”Still swagged out. Still feel like I’m one of the best in the game.”
The veteran cornerback and defensive co-captain said he heard from Larry Fitzgerald, Ben Roethlisberger, Chad Ochocinco and Ray Lewis since saying he should be cut by the Redskins for giving up the completion to Dez Bryant that set up the game-winning field goal in overtime in the 27-24 defeat.
”My mom’s calling me. She’s like, ‘Are you OK?”’ Hall said. ”And I’m, like, ‘Mom, I’m good.’ If they’re going to point a finger, I’d rather them point it at me than anybody else. We don’t need anybody else going in the tank or feeling bad about themselves. We need the best performance out of everybody. I’m the kind of guy, I can take it.”
After the game — in which he also let Bryant get behind him on Dallas’ opening score — Hall said: ”The way I’m playing right now, they need to go and cut me, because I’m definitely not worth what I’m getting.”
”I stand by it,” Hall said Wednesday. ”I wear this ‘C’ on my chest for a reason. I hold myself to a higher standard than a lot of other people.”
Hall made the Pro Bowl last year, but he’s the first to point out that four of his six interceptions in 2010 came in one game. This year, he has only one pick for the Redskins (3-7), who have lost six straight.
”I probably haven’t been as productive as I would like to. … I don’t know if this defense is built for a corner to go out here and get eight or nine picks or seven picks,” Hall said. ”It’s built to stop the deep ball and manage the game.”
When asked about Hall’s comments, coach Mike Shanahan said he likes that kind of mind-set and that it’s good when players are tough on themselves.
As for Thanksgiving, Hall said: ”What am I thankful for? Having a job, I guess. Not much else. Can’t be winning games.”