- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2009

While most of his Washington Redskins teammates hid in the players lounge or other areas that are off-limits to the media Wednesday, cornerback DeAngelo Hall took the opposite approach.

Sitting in front of his locker, Hall addressed myriad topics, including Sunday’s game against the winless Kansas City Chiefs.

“We have to get a win - bottom line,” he said. “If we want to compete in the division and look forward to the playoffs and look forward to all these other games, we need this win.”

Hall said the blame for the team’s performance shouldn’t be entirely placed on coach Jim Zorn, and he made a subtle point that the roster has some holes.

“He’s not playing in the games - that’s the truth of the matter,” Hall said. “You want to blame somebody? Look at the film. Look at the guys trying to play. We haven’t been doing a great job, and I think the blame lies with us. We’re the ones playing every day, practicing, trying to do the right things, but I don’t know if we have the right personnel to do it.”

Hall agreed that the way the front office has built the roster means the Redskins can ill afford any more serious injuries.

“Chris Samuels going down was a devastating loss,” he said. “We go from having a [six-time] Pro Bowler in there to a guy who had hardly played in the league. That’s a big drop-off. Heading into the offseason and preseason, we said we needed to address offensive line, and we did get better. But that’s a position where you can always get better and have proven guys. That’s something we’re lacking.”

As long as Samuels’ neck injury keeps him out - and it could be indefinitely - the offensive line’s play will signal whether the front office needs to address the depth.

Hall is tied for second in the NFL with three interceptions, and his 44-yard interception return helped set up a third-quarter touchdown in the Redskins’ 20-17 loss at Carolina.

“That’s what makes last week so difficult,” Hall said. “We thought we had it. It’s almost like you wish you would have never been in the game from the start and you could say, ‘Today’s not our day,’ as opposed to coming out, dominating and in the end, [Carolina] pounding it down your throat and taking the win away from you.”

No excuses

Redskins running back Clinton Portis said it doesn’t matter who’s playing along the revamped offensive line.

“We have to find a way to execute and play with the guys we got,” he said. “We still have to go out and be able to throw the ball downfield.”

Portis, who found running room minimal even when the line was healthy, knows the Chiefs are going to challenge the new starters and the running backs must be ready to pass protect.

“Kansas City presents a challenge because they’re going to blitz and give us different looks,” Portis said. “They know our O-line is banged-up - who doesn’t know our O-line is banged-up? Every team we’ll play will try and get after the quarterback. We still have to be able to hold up and block for [quarterback Jason Campbell] and get him into five- and seven-step drops.”

Daniels optimistic

Samuels, defensive end Phillip Daniels (right biceps), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (elbow), left tackle Chris Samuels (neck) and punter Hunter Smith (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth (ankle) and Anthony Montgomery (knee) did limited work.

Smith plans to punt Friday or Saturday. The Redskins signed Glenn Pakulak back to the practice squad in case Smith can’t play.

“We’ve been doing all kinds of stuff [to heal],” Smith said. “We’re making significant progress. These sorts of things are tricky. Sometimes they heal quickly. Sometimes they take longer than you would like.”

Jarmon’s new role

Rookie defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon added nose tackle to his list of responsibilities against Carolina. He played a season-high 17 snaps, including lining up over the center, allowing Haynesworth to shift to end.

“I was hoping to be matched up one-on-one against the center, but they kept the guards in to keep me from going up the field,” Jarmon said. “But that created one-on-one opportunities for Albert, Andre [Carter] and Brian [Orakpo], and they were able to make plays.”

Said Zorn: “When he came in, we knew he had some speed, and he picked up the system very well. He’s earned the reps he’s getting. He gets it. I don’t know if it’s a surprise. Some guys come on quicker than others.”

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