The Washington Post published an article this week about how far DeAngelo Hall has come. He’s clearly come a long way, both on the field and off it. I admire him for that more than I do his talent. Apparently, he has one or two admirers in Big D, as well.
Bob Sturm, a Contributor to the Dallas Morning News, wrote a piece in which he broke down game statistics in various categories. His stats are unofficial, of course, but in at least one case, they’re quite telling. Sturm examined the passes Tony Romo threw Sunday night into the coverage areas of the Redskins’ safeties and cornerbacks. He counted 27 such passes toward 5 Redskin defensive backs. 14 were thrown toward DeAngelo Hall. No other DB had to defend more than 4. Now that’s what I call the game within the game.
As Sturm points out, Romo could have thrown more to the right because he is a right-handed quarterback. He doesn’t have to cross his body when he does so. Hall plays on that side quite a bit. Nonetheless, for more passes to be thrown in Hall’s direction that toward all of the other DBs combined, something was up. Jason Garrett, who is no longer the heir apparent to the head coaching throne in Dallas that he was back in 2007, had to have game-planned with Hall in mind. He must have figured the Cowboys could take advantage of Hall’s willingness to gamble. Or, maybe he figured they could throw in front of Hall enough to pull him up to the line of scrimmage and then use Dez Bryant’s speed to burn him.
Officially, Hall made 7 unassisted tackles and assisted on another. He defensed two passes and forced one fumble. Unofficially, he did all this while being the busiest Redskin in pass coverage. LaRon Landry was the busiest when it came to making tackles. He led the league in Week One with 17.
Frankly, I hope Garrett and Romo target Hall again the next time the Redskins and Cowboys play. The way Hall has played so far this year in both the preseason and the home opener, he’ll make them pay for it, big time. Clearly, Dallas isn’t afraid of Hall’s coverage skills. Guess what? DeAngelo Hall isn’t afraid of the Cowboys either. Go Skins!