Washington Redskins: DeAngelo Hall's Bark Is Worse Than His Bite

Joe Versage@@dcjoevCorrespondent IIOctober 27, 2012

Photo by: Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando
Photo by: Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando

When is Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall ever going to learn?

Once again, he got himself into hot water, when he said that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn't have to be a "rocket scientist" to throw a 77-yard, game-winning touchdown pass that broke the Redskins' backs last week. 

From a literal standpoint, the term "rocket scientist" appears to be harmless. But at a time when words, phrases and multimedia messages are under heavy scrutiny, Hall should know better than to take the risk.   

In defense of DeAngelo, he has always been brash and outspoken. As one of the Redskins' most recognizable players, Hall appears on local TV, co-hosts a radio show each week and opens up to beat reporters on the field and in the locker room. He's also not the only player to claim that the Giants lucked out on a touchdown or a victory. 

But has he watched or read the news lately? 

It's election season and Hall lives and works in the nation's capital, where comments about the Presidential candidates are being scrutinized and dissected with a fine-toothed comb.

During the debates, the words "Big Bird", "binders full of women" and "horses and bayonets" took center stage. So did the words "Benghazi" and "terrorist attack".

Just this week, Republican candidate Mitt Romney was called a "BS'r", a conservative commentator tweeted the word "retard", a Senate candidate made a divisive statement about rape and abortion, and a former White House Chief of Staff implied that a former Secretary of State endorsed President Obama because of the color of his skin.  

Now, let me be clear. Politics and football don't often intersect. But in Hall's case, he can learn a thing or two about consequences people face when their tongues slip inadvertently.

Words can be hurtful. They can also come back to haunt a guy like Hall, the week before Halloween.

According to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, DeAngelo stated the following:

[Eli] made the play to beat us, but I don't feel like he made that play. I feel we gave him that play. We just had one guy set his feet and one guy not do this. I could have thrown that ball and he would have scored. It wasn't something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.

With his use of the term rocket scientist, Hall may have insinuated that Manning is a "moron", imbecile" or "idiot", which the aforementioned Coulter said are technical terms for somebody that isn't very smart.

Then again, Manning could have taken it the wrong way. He could have assumed that Hall was questioning his intelligence. A war of words could have ensued and Eli could have lashed back on YouTube, to show off his two Super Bowl Rings. 

But none of that transpired. Instead, Manning laughed off Hall's potshot and responded in kind.

I appreciate him giving [the touchdown] to me. Thank you. I didn't think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out either. I had a guy running open and I hit him.

Eli's return volley could be construed as sarcastic. But he said it in a joking manner and was joined by a teammate who combined a soft jab of his own with a compliment for Hall.   

"DeAngelo's not that smart then, if [Washington's defense] gave it to [Eli], said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, per Garafolo's column.

Then Tuck lightened up:

I love how DeAngelo plays, he's an awesome player. But to give a person a game-winning touchdown? Maybe he meant to say we had some communication (issues). Something like that. I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. I'm not going to go down the road of what I want to say.

That's some kind of willpower, for an NFL star who has the opportunity to negatively respond to a division rival, who put his cleat in his mouth.

But maybe that's why the Giants continue to beat the odds. Maybe it's why they pulled out a pair of NFL titles over the heavily favored New England Patriots. And perhaps, under stern head coach Tom Coughlin, the Giants are held accountable for spewing spontaneous crap.

For what it's worth, Hall called into a radio show to explain what he meant. But for those who have criticized him in the past, it's probably too little too late. 

Let's just hope that he learned a lesson, like some of our nation's political adversaries. 

At a time when almost anything can be taken out of context, it's better to say nothing at all.

As the saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words." And you don't have to be Big Bird or a Rocket Scientist to understand that.


Joe Versage is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He previously covered the Buffalo BillsWashington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens as a television beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter at: @JoeVersage 


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