DeAngelo Hall bleeping mad with play call, penalty
From the sounds of things, DeAngelo Hall didn’t care much for Jim Haslett’s call on third-and-21.
He cared even less for the way the play was officiated.
It turned out to be the turning point for the Dallas Cowboys in an 18-16 victory over the Washington Redskins Monday night at Cowboys Stadium.
The Cowboys were backed up on their own 30-yard line and faced third-and-21 when Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett sent the house. The cover zero blitz left the defensive backs locked up in man coverage. When Tony Romo floated back and rolled right, it allowed Dez Bryant to float free and make a reception that turned into a 30-yard gain. A 15-yard facemask penalty on Hall put the Cowboys in field-goal range, but more on that in a minute.
With the Cowboys facing third-and-21, would it have made more sense for Haslett to go with a more conservative blitz? Or drop and cover? It might have been four-down territory for the Cowboys, but when an all-out blitz doesn’t get home, bad things often happen.
“You ain’t supposed to have to (cover for that long), but (expletive) happens,” Hall said, according to Ryan O’Halloran of CSN Washington. “Sooner or later, somebody is going (bleeping) figure (the blitz) out. You don’t have to be a (bleeping) rocket scientist to figure it out after a while.”
Now, about that facemask call. Replays showed Hall’s hand went across Bryant’s facemask but there wasn’t much of a tug or twist.
“That was a (bleeping) terrible call,” Hall said. “I told the ref he’s going to (bleeping) lose his job. I told the ref, ‘That might have been the worst call of the game.’ He’s going to get some demerit points for that call because that wasn’t no face-mask.”
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