DeAngelo Hall should have kept his yap shut instead of talking about spearing Tony Romos ribs. Photo by Ghastlyghost on Wikimedia Commons.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo sustained a fractured rib and a punctured lung last week, but returned to the game anyway to help Dallas get its first win of the season. Obviously, that injury is going to be targeted by Cowboys' opponents in the coming weeks. It's the nature of sports -- especially in the pros. If your opponent has a weakness, whether because of injury, scheme or available talent, you exploit that weakness to win.
Because they're an NFL team that wants to win, the Redskins will obviously try to hit Romo in ways that affect his ribs. They'll try to punish Felix Jones' sore shoulder. This is as it should be -- the same way the Cowboys will likely call plays to force LaRon Landry to run (if Landry returns from his hamstring injury).
Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a guy not feared his tackling or physicality had this to say:
I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt. Romo's ribs — I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones' shoulder's hurt, I'm not going to cut him. I'm definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that's just part of it. If you know something's wrong with an opponent, you're going to try to target in on that. We're going to try to definitely get as many hats on that team as possible.
Thank you Captain Obvious. If you're a Redskins player, this is exactly what you don't do. You don't puff out your chest and preen for the media in a demonstration of toughness. You don't talk about "putting a helmet" on Romo's ribs, which is essentially putting the world on notice that you intend to commit a spearing penalty.
I'm not normally a "shut up and play" sort of guy. I like the talkers, the hot dogs, the guys who know they're great and are willing to say so. But Hall's comments are stupid and incendiary. Knock Romo around. See if you can get him out of the game. Exploit whatever weaknesses the Cowboys have. But shut up about it until after the game.