Former Commanders CB begins coaching journey on All-Star staff

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) DeAngelo Hall
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) DeAngelo Hall /

Former Washington Commanders cornerback DeAngelo Hall has begun his coaching journey after accepting a position with the Carolina Panthers. 

DeAngelo Hall‘s production during his NFL career was prolific. The former first-round pick immediately established himself as the shutdown cornerback most analysts envisaged coming out of college, with the defensive back enjoying some of the best seasons of his professional career with the Washington Commanders before calling it a day.

Hall was another big-money signing by Washington and immediately set about proving his worth. He was named to the Pro Bowl after just one season with the team, eventually playing 10 seasons in Washington and racking up some huge numbers along the way.

Since his retirement in 2017, Hall has thrived. The player was never short of a word or two on the field or within the locker room, which made his transition to an analyst role go extremely smoothly.

Former Commanders CB DeAngelo Hall starts his coaching journey in Carolina

The one-time Virginia Tech star is never one to resist a challenge. Although it’s a venture into the relative unknown, Hall will officially begin his journey up the coaching ladder this spring after accepting a position with the Carolina Panthers under Frank Reich.

Carolina confirmed that Hall had agreed to become their assistant defensive backs coach. This represents yet another outstanding move from the Panthers, who have seemingly given Reich a bottomless pit of cash to bring high-caliber coaches into the fold in pursuit of progression.

Hall’s arrival in Carolina comes with a significant amount of intrigue. His performances in Washington were full of fire, class, and determination, which are all traits that can adapt to a coaching environment and can be of significant use.

This means Hall gets the chance to mold Jaycee Horn into an All-Pro caliber performer. Others such as C.J. Henderson, Keith Taylor Jr., and perhaps even Donte Jackson will get a massive boost from his presence.

As for the Commanders, they would be wise to monitor Hall’s progress with a keen eye. If everything goes well for their former player, a potential role in Washington might be something he’d consider in the coming years depending on what happens with Ron Rivera and his current staff in 2023.

Hall will always be remembered with great fondness for everything he gave Washington. If he has anything like the same impact as a coach, then the respected figure is sure to flourish.

Washington is currently celebrating a major coaching coup of its own after convincing Eric Bieniemy to become their assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. A move that should propel the Commanders’ offense to completely new heights if the offensive line improves and the quarterback situation also progresses with Sam Howell or someone else.

Nobody that saw Hall play in Washington will wish him anything other than the best moving forward. And who knows, this could be the start of a coaching path that sees him return to the Commanders one day.

Stranger things have happened, that’s for sure. Especially where the NFL is concerned.

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