Anatomy of the Hall acquisition

November, 15, 2008
11/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

As the NFC Beast was first to report, the Redskins talked to defensive captains London Fletcher and Cornelius Griffin before signing cornerback DeAngelo Hall. On Saturday, Washington Post Redskins beat writer Jason La Canfora provided a blow-by-blow account of how this deal went down.

Coach Jim Zorn was quick to point out that Hall wouldn't have been signed had he not been on board with the deal. Zorn also called defensive coordinator Greg Blache and secondary coach Jerry Gray to let them know what was going on.

"If I was dead against it, there was no way it could have happened," Zorn said. "Vinny wouldn't put that on me, 'You have to take him.' And I wouldn't do that to Greg [Blache]: 'You have to take him.'

"There is definitely a working relationship with everybody. That makes it good, and it should be that way in a midseason [acquisition], and probably even that way in every situation, even in the draft."

From reading La Canfora's story, it looks like special teams coach Danny Smith was the only assistant who was completely opposed to the signing. And for good reason. The Redskins had to release special teams ace Leigh Torrence to make room for Hall. The Redskins have Hall working as the jammer on the punt unit. You know he's thrilled about that.

I spent some time visiting with Cowboys assistant secondary coach Brett Maxie this past week. Maxie coached Hall for three years in Atlanta and he couldn't say enough nice things about him. He said Hall had "great ball skills" and that his reputation for being bad in the locker room was completely fabricated.

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