Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media after the Redskins first practice of training camp and he was asked about his expectation for Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall to become a leader on the team. Gruden stated:
“Well he’s one of the veterans that we’re gonna count on. Uh, one of the backbones of this defense. He’s been here a long time he knows what good defense is all about, and he’s gonna lead by example like he has. I thought last year he had a fine year tackling and covering, and he’s just got to carry that over.”
“People respect DeAngelo Hall around the league. I know coming from another team I had a lot respect for him as a player, and I think with that repsect, will carry over for him as a leader.”
Gruden was also asked about the reputation of DeAngelo Hall:
“You know I did hear about DeAngelo Hall a little bit you know the reputation, some of the things that happened, uh the attitude he has, but as a cornerback you kinda want some that attitude that cockiness that confident air about you. As long as it doesn’t affect your play and he’s proven the last few years it doesn’t affect his play.
And he’s calmed down a little bit, he knows what being a pro is all about. He knows that he’s got to take care of his body and take care of himself off the field if he wants to play a longer career.”
I thought DeAngelo really began to emerge as a leader on the Redskins last season. You could see him maturing and leading by example. And with London Fletcher now retired, other players need to step into that leadership role, and it seems that DeAngelo Hall is one of the players that Jay Gruden expects to do that.