Shutdown Corner

DeAngelo Hall gets ejected from Steelers game, makes little difference otherwise

Doug Farrar
Shutdown Corner

Through his tumultuous NFL career, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been known as much (or more) for his verbal blasts and unconscionable behavior than for his on-field play. It goes back to his days with the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him with the eighth overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft. Hall has made three Pro Bowls and he has 37 career interceptions, but through most of his career, he hasn't been worth the trouble.

This past week, Hall mouthed off yet again. When it was suggested that Eli Manning and Victor Cruz read the Redskins' predictable two-minute drill defense when they went up for a 77-yard game-winning touchdown last Sunday, Hall insisted that Manning didn't have to be a rocket scientist to beat the 'Skins on that play, and Manning coyly agreed.

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That said, we'd take Manning in any NASA program over Hall, and the cornerback showed why once again during Washington's 27-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following his wrestling match with Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders with 3:43 left in the game, Hall went a little bit nuts with head linesman Dana McKenzie, taking his helmet off to argue that Sanders should have been flagged.

And that's violation No. 1: You're not supposed to take your helmet off when arguing with an official. That got the Redskins a 15-yard penalty on Hall's behalf.

Hall then walked after McKenzie and continued his diatribe. He eventually had to be restrained by three other officials on Peter Morelli's crew, and Morelli threw him out of the game. That got the Redskins another 15-yard penalty, which moved the ball from the Pittsburgh 35-yard line to the Washington 35-yard line.

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Perhaps Hall had a hot date he wanted to make, or maybe he wanted to show that he was more intense with the officials than he was with the Steelers' receivers. Per the official gamebook, Ben Roethlisberger completed every pass thrown with Hall as the primary cover corner on the day - -Big Ben was 4 of 4 for 43 yards.

"I honestly don't know what happened," Hall said after the game. "It all seems like a blur right now."

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