Falcons Pro Bowl corner DeAngelo Hall is blasting his team again, this time about their decision on Tuesday to cut veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Hall spoke out on media day, stating that the team looks as if they are giving up on they (well, DeAngelo, you are 1-6), and he also took the time to blast head coach Bobby Petrino. “I don’t know what kind of message is being sent to let Grady go,” Hall said. “I’m trying to go (all) out on every single snap. But a lot of guys feel like everyone from the top down is kind of turning it in.”
The Falcons said so long to Jackson on Tuesday, in a move that looked as if it was done for the future, and to save money for the future. The team had signed the 11-year vet Jackson to an extension before the season. Petrino fired back at his corner, saying that the move was done as a logical step in the development of the team. “It had nothing to do with anything but football,” the coach said. “It was just the way we wanted to go. We felt like for our best opportunity to win games, the next nine games that we played, this was the right move to make and that’s really all there is to it.”
While Jackson will be replaced by unproven rookie Trey Lewis, who was a sixth-round pick, Hall didn’t seem to be happy with the answers his coach was giving him. “If that’s the case … they can probably cut me too,” Hall said. “They need to cut all 53 of us. Nobody is playing the way they should be playing right now, obviously. I mean, we’re 1-6. To sit there and single out Grady is just asinine. It’s ridiculous.”
Maybe it is ridiculous to cut a guy like Jackson at this point in the season, but as stated before, the Falcons are in a lost season. They are 1-6, have no clue as to what to do at the QB spot, and have been their own worst enemy at some points of the season. Just ask Hall, who incurred 60+ yards in penalties in one drive back in the teams loss to the Panthers three weeks ago.
All that does not matter to Hall, who was back on the offensive in terms of how he felt about the direction of his team. “We’ve got so many players that ain’t made a play around here,” Hall said. “It don’t make no sense. We gave a lot of people jobs. Now, to sit around here and single Grady out and say he’s the reason why (the team is losing) … that’s just ludicrous. If they’ve got something better and more concrete to go off of, I’d love to hear it. But I’m not buying that one.”