Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had a heated exchange regarding pass coverage Tuesday at the club's practice facility, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post. Head coach Mike Shanahan met with Hall privately and then mentioned him by name during a team meeting Wednesday, according to the report.
Here's how Reid described what took place during a film session Tuesday following Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts:
"After the game, Hall acknowledged that he blew the coverage on a 57-yard Colts touchdown pass in the first quarter. That play, however, was not what prompted the brief argument between coach and player, said two of the three employees," writes Reid.
"Rather, there was some confusion about Haslett's instructions for the cornerbacks to play a certain coverage that would be best in certain situations. Defensive backs coach Bob Slowik explained the coverage to Hall and cornerback Carlos Rogers one way, but Haslett, the two employees said, contradicted Slowik's explanation, saying he wanted Hall to play deeper in the coverage. The result was that Hall expressed his frustration about the conflicting information before leaving the complex."
Reid's team sources point out that Hall and Haslett actually have a good working relationship and they believe the flap resulted from their passion to win. And I'm sure it's not the first time in league history a secondary coach and defensive coordinator have contradicted each other.
The report also alludes to some conflicting information on the source of Hall's back pain. A team physician offered a diagnosis that was called into question by another doctor. Shanahan stressed to his players Wednesday that they need to be forthcoming about their injuries and trust in their backups, according to the report. Last week, I talked to Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna about this same topic. He said he didn't report tendinitis in his throwing elbow during a five-year stretch out of fear of losing his livelihood.
Players have been covering up their injuries for years out of similar fears, so it's a tough cycle to break. Coaches brag on players such as the Eagles' LeSean McCoy for working through painful injuries. But at the same time, they're asking players to willingly remove themselves from games or practices when they're hurt.
It's called a conflict of interest, and it's been around for years. These players have a short window of time in which they can use their bodies to make a lot of money. The more time you spend in the training room, the more likely your coaches will find a replacement.