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Deangelo Hall On His Four Interceptions Of Jay Cutler: “He Wanted To Keep Trying So I Had To Make Him Pay For It.”

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DeAngelo Hall on his Four Interceptions of Jay Cutler:

He wanted to keep trying so I had to make him pay for it.”t has rarely been pretty through seven weeks, but the Washington Redskins have to feel pretty good about where they stand. At the Skins are just one game back of the New York Giants in the NFC East. Their most recent win, a win over the Chicago bears, can be credited to the four-interception performance by cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who tied the single-game record for most picks in a game.After the game, Hall joined John Thompson and Doc Walker on ESPN 980 in DC to talk about his four-pick performance, Jay Cutler continuing to try to throw at him, Cutler’s postgame remarks that he’d do so all over again if given the chance, his decision to give the game ball to his defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, how the disagreement between him and Haslett the week before was blown out of proportion and not at all a big deal, and on the spark provided by Albert Haynesworth, who returned to action this past weekend after missing the previous game in the wake of his brother’s tragic passing.

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On his four interception performance and on Cutler continually throwing it his way:

“Hey, you know what man? He wanted to keep trying so I had to make him pay for it.”

On Cutler saying he’d challenge Hall again if given the chance in his post-game remarks:

You know what? I didn’t know that until after the fact. I’m not going for that. I mean, Cutler’s a good quarterback. A little arrogant, a little cocky, cockier than you’d like him to be.  But I played the kid one other time before yesterday, and it was when I was in Oakland, it was a Monday Night game. Everybody knows Oakland’s going to play man coverage , we’re going to play what Al Davis wants us to play, and Mike Shanahan knew that – he was still the coach of the Denver Broncos at the time.  They were just mad protecting, max protection every time, leaving nine guys in there to block, running two-man routes, I’m talking double, triple move, comebacks, stutter-go comebacks, you know, nothing deep down the field. But the kid probably had four or five completions on me. And for him after that game to say he had a lot of success, I’m not this, I’m not that, and then to take that into this game too…my mindset was I definitely know he’s going to come at me. The way he talked about me after that game, I knew we was going to try to come at me. So I definitely wanted to bring my A-game in, but I didn’t think he would keep coming after all that.”

On giving the game ball awarded to him to his defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett:

“Yeah, yeah. After the game, Coach Shanahan gave me the game ball, and I just told Coach Haslett for sticking with me, for staying on my back. You know, I’ve played against Coach Haslett a lot in this league. Against him. Especially when he was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and I made him pay a lot. I guess I hadn’t showed him that same killer instinct since he’s been here, and I definitely wanted to show him that, just for sticking with me, staying on me, trying to get the best out of me.  I felt like he deserved my game ball, because I told him I had too many already….Coach Haslett was definitely appreciative of that. We’re a focused team out there Doc. “

On how the story got out the previous week about the disagreement between him and coach Haslett:

“You know what? That’s something we’re still trying to get to the bottom of. As one of the leaders of this team, we sat down with a lot of the guys, a lot of the team I should say, and wanted to make it known. It had to be somebody on the defense because that was in a defensive meeting. So we sat down with the defense and said, hey listen guys, we’re brothers; what happens in this room happens in this room. It doesn’t need to go out, nobody needs to be over here texting this guy, texting that guy, calling this person, because we’re going to have disagreements. What me and Coach Has had wasn’t even a disagreement. You can ask anybody who was in there besides whoever reported it that who wouldn’t come forward and say who they were – you can ask anybody what took place in that room was nothing more than ‘hey, let’s run this coverage; no I wanna run this; I’m telling you man, we need to run this; nah, we’re going to run this; alright Coach, cool’. You know what I mean?  That’s pretty much what took place, and people made it out to be like it was a big back and forth, screaming, yelling match, and we’re at each other’s throat. And that definitely, definitely wasn’t the case.”

On the spark provided by Albert Haynesworth, who returned to action after taking the previous week off after his brother passed away:

“He played the way we expected him to play. I think it all started with him. I think that opening play, that opening series, when we saw him attacking and playing the way he was playing, I think guys fed off of that. Normally before every game Doc, you normally see I go up to London Fletcher. Hey cat I’m going to follow you, you lead me I’m going to follow you. I did that same thing to London, and after Al went out there, me and Fletch went up to him and were like ‘hey bro, keep playing like that, we’re right with you. You know man? We’re right with you, we’re right behind you. I saw Donovan go up to him on the plane whisper some stuff to him in his ear. Al was just focused man, he was just focused. And the tragedy that happened in his life, I’ve lost a brother before that got murdered. So I know what that feels like. I know what that feels like, and for him to get out on the field like I was telling Coach Shanahan, that field is sometimes the only place you really have to get away from all your problems. And for him to really have that opportunity to get on that field yesterday and get away from everything else in his life except football, and to focus on that and dominate – he played lights out man, he played lights out, and we all fed off it.”

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