Everybody stay the hell out of DeAngelo's way
On the Giants opening drive of the second half of the Redskins loss to the Giants on Sunday there was a play noteworthy enough for me to take this screencap above and write it up.
On second and nine from the New York 45, Eli Manning play action faked the ball right to Brandon Jacobs, then went thirty yards downfield to Domenik Hixon, who was having a great game against Washington, all five of Domenik's catches in the game were for first downs.
Well on this play Domenik was on the wrong route or Eli threw it to the wrong spot, either way Domenik was short on the play and newly signed Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, two interceptions in three games, was set up for his easiest INT of the year.
At this point the score was 13-7, the second half had just started and the game could still be turned around. The defensive line and linebackers were preoccupied with the Giants' run game and had left the secondary out on their own all day where they were getting burned. An interception right then could have sparked the team and given Washington possession at midfield maybe moved Big Mo over to the Redskins bench.
So what happened? Shawn Springs, playing his new part time position of free safety darted into frame and tried to jump DeAngelo's interception. The ball bounced off Shawn's hands and fell to the ground. DeAngelo clearly was not happy, put his hands on hips and cocked his head to Shawn on the ground, even though I could not see his expression, his body language said, Really? Did you just do that?
Shawn, you have missed six games this year and I am sure you are not excited about playing safety, we know you did not really want to earlier in the offseason. Please bone up on the position, watch some video, talk to Steve Jackson, if you don't know where you are supposed to be then ask somebody. That was DeAngelo's INT and it could have turned the game.
Shawn Springs interfering with DeAngelo Hall's easy interception of Eli Manning in the second half of Sunday's game against the Giants, photo by me of the Fox broadcast.