The NFL recently sent officials to interview players at Redskins Park in connection to DeAngelo Hall’s verbal run-in with an official at Heinz Field last month, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.
“The NFL came in here and talked to a number of players,” Shanahan said Thursday. “They got their opinions on what happened on the field. I talked to a couple of them on my interpretation, but it wasn’t official.”
Hall was fined $30,000 for removing his helmet and unleashing a profanity-laced tirade at head linesman Dana McKenzie in the final minutes of the Redskins’ 27-12 loss in Pittsburgh on Oct. 28. Hall was upset because a penalty was not called on Steelers’ receiver Emmanuel Sanders for throwing him to the turf while making a block.
Afterward, Hall accused McKenzie of being “equally at fault” and “dishing it out” just as much as him.
“I thought there could have been a number of fines that occurred from the receiver,” Shanahan said, referring to Sanders’ block. “Obviously, [Sanders] was not penalized, but when [Hall] did take his helmet off, that’s what he was fined for.”
Typically, the NFL announces fines the Friday following the game. But the league delayed the announcement of Hall’s fine so it could investigate the veteran cornerback’s claims. No penalty was announced for McKenzie.
“He hasn’t had a lot of situations like that,” Shanahan said of Hall. “That’s one he’ll learn from. Hopefully, he can go on and won’t make any [more] mistakes.”
Hall declined to comment when approached by reporters.
Last practice before the Browns come to town, and while the Redskins are still locking down their O-line plans, another subplot has emerged on defense. Jay Gruden's crew will most likely hit the bubble for practice at noon, and here's what we're watching:
- No fluke - In Last Sunday's win over the Giants, it became obvious that the Redskins were rotating outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. That idea would have seemed crazy during the summer, but with Murphy's improved play, it's working. "I think the nice thing is we got three guys that are playing well. So, if we can get a nice rotation and keep them and set a plan, 60 or 70 plays, if we can all keep them around 40 plays, it’s going to benefit them obviously during the game, but also as we get going all through the season," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said of the three-man OLB group.
- More help at safety? - With D-Hall done for the year with a torn ACL the easy move for Washington is Will Blackmon starting in Hall's spot. That's obvious: Blackmon has played well in his time with the 'Skins and knows the defense well. Down the road, however, it will be interesting to see what happens with rookie Su'a Cravens. He's a player that could move alongside Blackmon and potentially replace or supplement David Bruton at the strong safety spot. Here's Barry on that possibility, "I think that is potentially something that could happen down the road with the more comfortable he gets but we got quite a bit on his plate right now and he’s handling it well."
- Crowder's emergence - Through three games this season it isn't DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon that leads the Redskins recievers in catches, it's slot man Jamison Crowder. He also leads all Redskins pass catchers in touchdowns with two. Last week in New York, Crowder had an impressive TD taken the distance off a wideout screen, not to mention a remarkable punt return that flipped field position. Gruden on Crowder, "He’s all about business. He’s got great football intelligence, great instincts for the position. He can play inside/outside. Shown he’s a great returner. Just tough as nails. You know, he’s got every quality you want as far as checking the box, as far as intangibles. He’s got them all."
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Redskins linebacker Martrell Spaight went to Arkansas and loves his school. Redskins safety Deshazor Everett went to Texas A&M and loves his school. Their schools played each other, and the players bet on the outcome.
For the loser it meant wearing the gear of the other squad. For Spaight, it meant wearing a Texas A&M sweatshirt all week.
It's funny to notice different captions from the same picture. Spaight clearly didn't like wearing the Aggie gear. Everett thought it was fantastic.
For Spaight's sake, he might want to skip the bet next season. A&M won this year's game 45-24 and has won five straight over Arkansas.