The Washington Times - November 20, 2011, 05:55PM

Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall was extremely hard on himself after the Redskins’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant beat Hall for a 26-yard gain on third-and-15 to extend their game-winning field goal drive.


Here’s what he said to a group reporters during a 4-minute interview at his locker.

“I slipped,” he said. “Can’t slip. I’m the reason we lost the game. It’s frustrating. It’s tough to swallow. Second time in a row to Dallas, so definitely real pissed off at myself.

Q: Is is harder to swallow when you go to overtime and because the offense scored some points?

A: “It’s hard to swallow period because it’s the Cowboys. It’s a win. We done lost six in a row. Anytime the offense puts points on the board like that, man, we got to win the game. We’re [expletive-ing] and complaining over the past couple weeks about them putting 10 points, 9 points, 12, and they come out here and put 24 and we don’t win the game. So it’s definitely frustrating from a defensive standpoint because the plays they got were plays we just messed up on. We messed up on the one to Witten. We messed up on the one to Dez early in the game. It’s just things we can’t do as a defense.”

Q: What happened on the 59-yard touchdown to Jason Witten in the second half?

A: “It was Cover-2 zone, and somebody dropped him. Somebody should have been running with him through the whole course of the play. It’s probably one of the one plays Fletch (London Fletcher) missed because he was cramping up a little bit, but the next guy that comes in has got to make that play.”

Q: Does this loss hit you harder because the last play was you?

A: “Yeah. You’ve got to walk the walk and talk the talk. I’ve been talking the talk with these guys and I’ve been expecting the best out of them and for them to rise to the occasion. When an opportunity presents itself to myself and I don’t go out there and make the play, it’s definitely frustrating. We made corrections and changes from what we did the first Dallas game to put me in a better position to make that play, and to still not make that play – it’s hilarious. It’s funny. I sit back and I think about it and I don’t know. We’re going to have to figure out a way for me to make that play.”

Q: Does it add to the frustration that you also were involved in the third-and-21 play in the first game against the Cowboys?

A: “Not really. It’s just a play that I’ve got to make to win the game no matter who it is, no matter the down and distance.”

Q: How surprised are you that at this stage of this season you’re at this point?

A: “It’s frustrating, but I can’t point a finger at anybody but myself. The way I’m playing right now, they need to go cut me because I’m definitely not worth what I’m getting. It’s frustrating. Hopefully they see something in me and they bring me back next year, but the way things are going right now, I’m definitely not playing up to par.”

Q: Do you feel like you struggled throughout the game?

A: “I feel like I had a good game up until that point, but when you’re paying a guy the kind of money I’m making, you expect him to make that play. Two times in a row – I would cut myself if I was in the front office.”

Q: Short of not slipping, what were you displeased with?

“I played it good. Great play by Romo. Great play by the receiver. But I can’t come in here every week and tell y’all the same damn thing. I told y’all that last time. I can’t keep saying that. It was a great play, but it wasn’t that amazing of a play. It was a good play by both of those guys, but it’s a play that in practice I make and I’ve made before. If I’m evaluating the stuff from the front office, I might be the first one to run myself out.”