Mike Shanahan not happy with DeAngelo Hall
It’s a doubly whammy when a coach calls a player out for loafing on one play and then racking up unnecessary penalties on another.
That’s the position Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall finds himself in as Mike Shanahan isn’t happy. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a lazy play by Hall were contributing factors in the team’s loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday at FedEx Field.
According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Hall was called for defensive holding and he reacted to the call by picking up the flag and throwing it upfield. That added another 15 yards on to the original five-yard penalty on a drive in which New England took a 27-20 lead.
Earlier in the game, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made a diving catch and popped up to run another 10 yards downfield. Safeties Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes attempted to tackle Gronkowski and failed and he kept going for a 49-yard gain. Hall was in position to help clean up the play but slowed down. The Patriots quickly scored after the big gain.
Shanahan criticized Hall for not finishing on the play but the mental lapse with the unsportsmanlike penalty seemed more irksome.
“Especially when guys are in a leadership role, we understand that you have to keep your cool, regardless of if you like a call or don’t like a call,” Shanahan said, per Jones. “That’s your job to handle yourself in a professional manner, and more importantly, not put your team in a hole by having a 15-yard penalty. That’s one of the things that I talked about to our football team. You make too many of those mistakes and you’re not with us.”
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