Perhaps unity among the workforce during the NFL lockout stretches only so far.
At least that’s the impression left by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall last Thursday, when he continued a verbal assault on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler dating back to last October by calling the signal caller a “clown.”
More than six months after tying an NFL record by intercepting Cutler four times in one half during a 17-14 Redskins win over the Bears, Hall was asked about the experience by 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. In Hall’s defense, the interviewer referred to Cutler as a “clown” in the question posed to the cornerback.
“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 [current Redskins coach Mike] Shanahan was actually coaching. He’s played against [Raiders owner] 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 caught a couple balls against me that game.”
Hall was referring to comments made by Cutler in the minutes after Chicago’s loss to the Redskins in which he said he would still throw Hall’s way despite the cornerback’s record-tying performance. In the players’ previous matchup featuring Hall as an Oakland Raider and Cutler as a Denver Bronco, the quarterback passed for 299 yards, which included a long scoring strike to Royal, who was being covered by Hall.
That performance appears to have led to Cutler’s comments after the Bears loss to Washington about throwing Hall’s way again, and sparked a near-immediate harsh response by the cornerback, who apparently still has more to say about the quarterback’s decision to keep throwing his direction.
“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 is going on,’” Hall said. “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 the half, I was like, ‘Man, this is unreal.’ I’m on the sideline like, ‘Wow, this is pretty amazing.’ ”
Even more astonishing is Hall's inability to let the issue subside. Anybody think Cutler is off somewhere passionately discussing Hall?
I seriously doubt it.