A couple of days after the Redskins abruptly fired cheap authentic jerseys general manager Scot McCloughan last month and an anonymous team official said McCloughan “had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall tweeted in support of Redskins President Bruce Allen. Hall also wished McCloughan “nothing but success in the future,” which is about the only thing Allen would say publicly about the decision at the time.
Sixteen days later, Allen finally broke his silence about McCloughan’s firing, which happened on the first day of free agency.
“I thought it was the right thing to do for where we were at the time,” Allen told The Post’s Liz Clarke. “We wanted to give clarity to our free agents and to our staff of where we were going. For Scot, it was good timing because it allows him to be hired by anyone right now before this draft.”
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While some Redskins fans continue to blame Allen for firing McCloughan, perhaps out of jealousy or as the result of an internal power struggle over personnel control, Hall stands by what he tweeted last month.
“I still support Bruce Allen and this organization 100 percent,” Hall told Chad Dukes on Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan, when asked about his previous tweets and how players avoid getting involved in front-office drama. “I think the way you get around it is, at the end of the day, no matter what I say, no matter what I believe, no matter what I want to happen, those guys in the front office get paid for a reason and so they’ll make all those decisions. It doesn’t matter if I say yea, nay, I want this guy, I don’t want this guy, fire this guy. It doesn’t matter. They are going to do what they feel is in the best interest of the organization.
“And so, for me, I know the relationship I have with Bruce and the trust I have in him as a person and as a front office guy, that for me to say, ‘Hey, I’m behind Bruce Allen 100 percent.’ I know how much he loves this team and how much he grew up a huge Redskins fan, and he wants this team to do nothing but succeed, the same thing with Daniel Snyder, our owner.”
Hall joined the Redskins in the middle of the 2008 season, one year before Allen was hired to replace Vinny Cerrato.
“I felt like I needed to say that, and then I felt like I followed up by saying, ‘Hey, I love Scot as well,’” Hall continued. “Scot was a great guy. I don’t know him as well. I’ve only been around Scot a short period of time, but the short period of time I was around him, I enjoyed our conversations about football, about life, and I had nothing bad to say about Scot as well. I hate the way it worked out, but I don’t know everything that happened behind closed doors, so I can’t really speak on that situation. You know what I mean? I can only say, hey, my experiences with Bruce have been great. I love him, I support him. Scot, I love him as well. I support him. I wish him nothing but the best, and kind of keep it moving, and that’s essentially what I did. I didn’t go into any more details. I didn’t do interview requests, like I received, because I didn’t know enough about the situation to even speak on it.”
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Hall, 33, said he’s spent his offseason rehabbing his right knee from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Week 3 of last season. Hall has played in only 17 games over the last three seasons due to injuries, but expects to be back with the Redskins in 2017. Last month, new Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky told ESPN 980’s Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan that the team wants Hall back to “see what he has left.”
Asked about the possibility of Kirk Cousins signing a long-term deal with the Redskins before the season, Hall said he and his teammates are remaining optimistic.
“I think we’re all hopeful that that happens, because when that happens, you tend to feel like it is a marriage and not just ‘we’re dating,’ you know what I mean?” Hall said. “I know Kirk wants it. I feel like the organization wants it. I know we as players want him as a teammate and so we’re all optimistic and hopeful that we can get it done and Kirk can be our quarterback for years to come.”