It’s a shame the Chicago Bears don’t play the Washington Redskins this season.
Because if they were on the schedule, surely the chatter would get a little louder as the date drew nearer.
But Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, nearly six months to the day he tied an NFL record by intercepting Jay Cutler four times in the second half of a Washington victory at Soldier Field, has turned up the volume.
Hall blasted the Bears quarterback on 106.7 The Fan in Washington in an interview that was kindly transcribed by the folks over at sportsradiointerviews.com. No, Hall isn’t among those questioning Cutler’s departure from the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.
“Jay is definitely a clown,” Hall said. “I played against the kid one other time, and it was when I first went to Oakland, first game of the season we played on a Monday night. And (Mike) Shanahan was actually coaching. He’s played against Al Davis so long, he knows what we’re going to be in — man under, it ain’t no help, just go out and play football no matter what they come out in. You can tell Shanahan was scheming us up — max protection, double/triple move. And Eddie Royal had caught a couple balls against me that game.
“And I tell you what, I don’t know if Jay was like ‘I’m going to keep going at him, I don’t care what’s going on.’ And the first half, I didn’t have an interception, a pass breakup or nothing, and then to come out in the second half against those guys and get four interceptions. Man, I’ve never had more than two in a game, so to go out and get four in a half, I was like ‘Man, this is unreal!’ I’m on the sideline like ‘Wow, this is pretty amazing!’”
Cutler said after the meltdown performance that if he played against Hall the next day, he would go right after the cornerback. It didn’t make a lot of sense at the time, and Hall was peeved. The four-pick game helped propel Hall to the NFC Pro Bowl squad. He was the MVP of the game in Hawaii, winning a Cadillac.
Many players from around the league criticized Cutler when a sprained knee KO’d him from the title game. Some believe the players were questioning his toughness, but it’s more likely the widespread reaction was a barometer of how well liked Cutler is in the players’ circle.
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