Updated: March 14, 2014, 5:04 PM ET
John Keim | ESPN.com
A day later, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall didn’t back down from his Twitter exchange with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Hall maintains that Sherman is a product of the system and the talent around him. But Hall did have to assure Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald there will be no trouble when both parties play in his charity softball game later this year.
At that game a year ago, Sherman reportedly started having issues with San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, which spilled over into Sherman’s gestures after his pivotal play in the NFC Championship Game in January — and then his rant on TV afterward.
This kid seems to always get the ball when it’s thrown his way, but teams always seem to throw his way. When you’re at the top of your game, guys don’t throw your way.
— DeAngelo Hall, on Richard Sherman
But, speaking on the “Grant & Danny Show” on 106.7 The Fan, Hall said he told Fitzgerald, “It ain’t that kind of [fight], bro.”
The Redskins host Seattle this season.
“When I see him, it’s not going to be a fight and a brawl,” said Hall, who is entering his 12th season. “We might talk some more, have this discussion more, but it definitely won’t be fisticuffs.”
Not that Hall’s opinion on the matter has changed. He said Sherman is not a top-three corner in the NFL — Arizona’s Patrick Peterson, Denver’s Aqib Talib and New England’s Darrelle Revis take those spots, he said — and Sherman won’t reach that level until he starts consistently covering the other teams’ top receivers.
“I’d be a fool to sit here and say his numbers aren’t impressive, because they are,” Hall said. “I’d also be a fool to sit here and say hands down he’s the best corner in the game. I don’t honestly believe that. I believe he’s one of the best corners in the game. But until he adds a little more to his game as far as being able to put him on an island and actually check that guy no matter where he is, it’s going to be hard for me to say that.”
Hall said he started in with Sherman on Twitter after he saw Sherman’s exchange with running back LeGarrette Blount earlier in the day. Hall told Sherman, as Blount did, that he’d like to see the Seattle CB go against “guys like Calvin [Johnson], A.J. Green, Dez Bryant all game.”
Sherman does have 20 interceptions in three seasons. But that led to another criticism by Hall.
“This kid seems to always get the ball when it’s thrown his way, but teams always seem to throw his way,” Hall said. “When you’re at the top of your game, guys don’t throw your way.
“When I was that guy, I went to Pro Bowls with three picks and four picks, because teams knew, ‘Heck, we don’t want to throw it his way. When we do, he picks it off.’ I mean, I rarely got targeted in those days, but I still made the Pro Bowl. So for this kid to be at eight picks, and seven picks and six — it just kind of blows my mind.”
The only problem: Hall has made three Pro Bowls — and intercepted six passes in two of those years and four in the other.
Hall said his Twitter shots at Sherman were a “little of, ‘Come on, man, you’re playing on a team with two of the best safeties in the game.'”
“Earl Thomas is by far the best safety,” Sherman said. “That kid covers the field like a missile, like a maniac. Kam Chancellor, one of my good buddies, he started calling me, laughing and telling me little things too about Sherman’s game.”
Hall said Chancellor wasn’t taking Hall’s side, and the cornerback did not want to spill any negatives that may or may not have been said. But Hall’s point is for Sherman to look at what’s around him.
“When you play with guys like that, and that front four that just hunts the coverage, and they’re playing a Cover 3 concept with their corners pressing, a football player knows what’s going on out there,” Hall said. “The average fan might say he’s really taking this guy out of the game. But a player like myself who knows the game and knows the defense they’re playing, I understand what’s going on, so I can criticize it more fairly than the average person.
“You come in with a fifth-rounder [Sherman], a practice-squad guy [DeShawn Shead] and [Brandon] Browner, who was a CFL player, and all of them are playing some of the best ball I’ve seen some corners play — it has something to do with that scheme. We’d all be a fool to sit here and not say that.”
Hall said he knows that he will get beat. He wonders if Sherman realizes that it happens to him, too.
“He’s under the assumption that he never gets beat,” Hall said “I’m like, ‘Until you really have that true challenge, you probably won’t.’ If you sit on one side of the field like [former corner] Nnamdi Asomugha did and you play protected, you probably won’t get beat. But once Nnamdi got out of the comfort zone of that, it was a whole different ballgame. That guy’s out of the league now.”
The last thing Hall said on the show:
“All in good fun.”
To those paying attention, it probably was.Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns