Let's break the DeAngelo Hall situation down by holding a Q&A with … ourselves.
Why did the Redskins make this move?
A: Because DeAngelo Hall is a two-time Pro Bowler who is young and can still play. And one of their top corners is 33, has missed five games due to injury this season and is scheduled to count $8.5 million against the cap in 2009.
Is this a good move?
A: There's no risk. If Hall can't play or fit in Washington, then the Redskins don't have to re-sign him. My guess is that they will sign him to a long-term contract. But they shouldn't rush into such a deal (see: Lloyd, Brandon). Let this play out and then negotiate.
What does this mean for the secondary?
A: Springs can play more safety; if he's healthy, that is. His presence deep would enable LaRon Landry to blitz more. Or it could simply give the Redskins two deep safeties who can cover. Hall is a gambler and needs good safety help. He struggled in Oakland's press man coverage. He prefers to play off the ball and gamble for picks.
Will he return punts?
A: Don't know yet. He's only returned 13 for his NFL career, but was good at it at Virginia Tech. It gives the Redskins another option.
Is he a bad guy?
A: That's what you would think, given some of his on-field antics – getting into a shouting match with coaches in Atlanta; a number of dumb penalties. And we heard that he was a major ‘'I'' guy at Virginia Tech; some called him the most hated guy on the team. However, in talking to reporters in both Oakland and Atlanta, they said teammates loved him. He is not considered a back locker-room guy at all. And he was great with the media. Hey, gotta like that (well, we do).
What will help him here?
A: One thing a league source said is that Hall needs a demanding coach to keep him focused. Between Jerry Gray and Greg Blache, he'll have just that. Also, don't underestimate the leadership of guys like London Fletcher and Cornelius Griffin. No way is Hall going to come in here and mess up something those guys have built. No way.
Do you like this move?
A: Sure. As long as the Redskins take their time signing him to a long-term deal. But he's better than Leigh Torrence and if Springs, for some reason, can't hold up the rest of the way, who would you feel more comfortable with in the playoffs: Hall or Torrence?
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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