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The best bits and pieces from DeAngelo Hall's 'E:60' piece


The best bits and pieces from DeAngelo Hall's 'E:60' piece

On Tuesday, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was featured in ESPN's show E:60. The premise of Hall's segment -- titled "Deconstructing DeAngelo" -- was essentially that the 31-year-old is one of the more misunderstood players in the NFL, and ESPN reporter Lisa Salters wanted to talk with Hall in-depth to learn more about his divisive nature.

Other topics covered in the feature were Hall's recovery from his torn Achilles, the tragic death of his brother when Hall was just 10, and Hall having to grow up without his father, who left when Hall was just a few months old. It had a run time of about 20 minutes. 

Aside from painting a more complete picture of the 'Skins corner, the show brought to light some truly terrific stories about the veteran. But if you missed out on it, don't worry: Like any good safety does for his cornerbacks, we've got your back.

Here are the best bits and pieces from the feature:

  • Hall is a big fan of art, and has a collection of four original Picasso's in his home. For someone with kids, having such priceless works around the house is a risky proposition, but it sounds like so far, they've remained in mint condition.
  • A few players were asked for their first impressions of Hall. Former Redskin Santana Moss said, "When I first saw him in Atlanta, he was very cocky." Ryan Clark, meanwhile, was a bit more harsh in his assessment: "I think the perception was, he was -- you know -- kind of a turd."
  • Some of Hall's top highlights from high school were shown, and a few of his statistics were brought up along with the tape, too. How dominant was he? Well, as a senior, he rushed for over 1,300 yards, scored 30 touchdowns, and picked off nine passes. He earned first team All-State honors as both a defensive back and kick returner. Smart choice by the voters there.
  • One time, when a recruiter from Virginia Tech came to see Hall play, Hall told the recruiter, "This one's for you," then proceeded to take back the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Not too shabby of a first impression for the high schooler.
  • There was a brief review of the time back in 2007 when Hall committed three penalties for 67 yards against the Panthers -- on one drive. For Redskins fans who complain that the cornerback gets flagged too much, it was a nice reminder that things can always be worse. 
  • After tearing his Achilles last year in Week 2, Hall thought about retiring because "it was the easy thing to do." He ultimately didn't however, because he felt like he owed it to himself to "give it another shot."
  • The final noteworthy quote came near the end of the piece when Hall talked about his contract. "I make just enough money where I know they aren't gonna keep me around for my smile." He'll be competing for the starting job, opposite of Chris Culliver, with Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson all preseason long.


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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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