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Blank says Hall needs to "grow up''

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

On the way to the to the airport in Tampa, I heard a very interesting clip of an interview with Falcons owner Arthur Blank on Sirius NFL Radio.

Blank was asked about former Atlanta cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who was cut by the Raiders and picked up by the Redskins this week.

"I think he needs to grow up,'' Blank said.

Give Blank a ton of credit for flat-out stating the truth. Hall, a former first-round pick by the Falcons, forced his way out of Atlanta and Oakland. Sometimes, Hall's emotions spilled out unproductively on the field. More often, though, his words and actions in the locker room and off the field prevented him from ever reaching his massive potential.

Blank went on to mention Hall's great physical talents, but said the cornerback needs to learn to play within a system.