When D Hall intercepted that ball against the Cowgirls in his first game as a Redskin, it took a second to register what was happening. After all, it had been a while since we had seen that kind of play made by a member of our secondary, much less from a #23. Sure, the ball was thrown right at him, but it was still an awkward catch that required an athletic play on the ball and it was nice to see the concentration to get the ball secured first before worrying about running back up field. But with less than a year of service wearing the Burgundy and Gold, can D Hall really be our #23? (Extra credit given to him since he grew up as a Skins fan.)
As you all know, I love to dip into those Super Bowl rosters, and the next two numbers give me the chance to do just that.
#23 - Todd Bowles (left of Art Monk here in picture)
If you watched the Skins in the mid-80's, you remember Todd Bowles. He started at safety for the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII. I picked him over D Hall because he was a player who was clearly smart and disciplined and in the back of Petitbon's defense, he may not have been an All-Pro, but he was no slouch. Lending to the case for Bowles as a player with a high football IQ: Bill Parcells has added him to the coaching staff down in Miami. He is the Assistant Head Coach and Secondary Coach. While Parcells is no hero of mine, he obviously knows a little about coaching, and his endorsement of our former safety as a man with a future on the sidelines is pretty telling.
We are currently trying to reach out to Todd to see if he will answer some questions for us about his time in Washington, as well as his perspective of the D.C. franchise as a coach in the league. I've played some phone tag with the Dolphins' PR employees so I am still a TAD optimistic.
In the meantime, let the people speak...D Hall or Todd?