Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall made waves on Wednesday when he announced he would be targeting Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's fractured ribs on Monday night.
Said Hall, via ESPN:
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 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 hits on that team as possible.
Romo, who also suffered a punctured lung in the comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, also got an earful from Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo.
Said the Pro Bowl pass-rusher:
If somebody gets injured, you want to go after that injury. But we're going to just play our game. We're going to try to get Romo down when we can.
We're not going to just target the ribs and forget about trying to get the ball out or forget about trying to get him down and just hit his ribs. Nah, we're going to do the best we can to get him down and get off the field.
Now, condoning hurting someone is not my cup of tea, but I've got to say I'm impressed by the Redskins thus far. If anything, these words will be rattling around Romo's helmet before he takes the field at Cowboys Stadium.
It's worth noting this is one of the most storied rivalries in football. It breeds words such as these. The Redskins are coming off a dismal 2010 campaign in which they went 6-10 and all (heck) broke loose with Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb. They are coming off a season in which they should have virtually no confidence about their football team.
But one thing the words of Hall and Orakpo indicated was that the Redskins are far from licking their wounds after last season. Now, I'm not saying they're a top team, or that they'll beat the Cowboys on Monday, for that matter, but an argument could be made that the main problem with the Redskins last season was their mentality. They were scattered. "Team chemistry" was a fictional phrase, and they underachieved because of it.
This season, however, they've started off 2-0, a tribute to the work they put in in the offseason and the new players they signed, particularly defensive tackle Barry Cofield and former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson.
The New York Giants may not be the Giants team of yore, but it's safe to say the Redskins' 28-14 victory in Week 1 was a complete shock.
The Redskins have come into the 2011 campaign with a new attitude, determined not to get pushed around anymore.
They are making a statement on the field and statements off it, and even if they lose to the Cowboys on Monday night, they've already indicated it's going to be a battle for Tony Romo and Co.