Leon Hall: “It was rough the past couple of days”

September 17, 2009 – 9:55 am by Jimmy Shapiro

SRI continues to work in new writers. This post is courtesy of Zach Krantz of WQAM in Miami.   One of the worst ways to lose a game happened to the Cincinnati Bengals last week against the Denver Broncos.  The Bengals had just scored the go-ahead touchdown with 38 seconds left.  Denver got the ball back with 87 yards to go for a touchdown and over 50 yards to get into field goal range.  I’m sure Josh McDaniels was already anticipating the negativity that was coming his way from the media and fans.  Kyle Orton threw the ball down field and it was deflected by Leon Hall right into the hands of Brandon Stokley for the game winning touchdown.  A deflating loss to the Hard Knocks Bengals on opening day.

The Bengals have struggled over the past few seasons, going 8-8, 7-9, and 4-11-1 last year after a playoff birth in 2005.  This was a rough way to start the season for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals.  Leon Hall wasn’t on this team for the last playoff run and has had to feel these painful losses over the last few years. This last one couldn’t have helped ease any of that pain.

Leon Hall joins 1250 WSSP in Milwaukee to talk about the Packers game this weekend, Coach Marvin Lewis, the Hard Knocks show, and the rough loss to Denver last weekend on the tipped touchdown pass to Stokley.

On the locker room after the tough loss to Denver:

“It was rough the past couple days, considering how last year we wanted to get off to a great start, so this one hurt a little bit.  We just got to come out this week and play hard and get a victory against a tough team in Green Bay.”

On who is a tougher matchup, Donald Driver or Greg Jennings?

“Tough one, I don’t know if there is one more than the other.  I think they’re both 2 good receivers, both are deep threats.  The game a couple days ago, they had quite a few double moves, they are both going to be a challenge for us, me and Jonathon Joseph on the other side.”

On where Aaron Rogers stands in the NFL:

“I think he is one of the best.  As far as numbers go, I know he hasn’t been playing a lot as far as starts.  I think he can make all the throws, he has all the ability.  He definitely has all the weapons around him and a good running back behind him.  I think he is in good shape, you know I think he is one of the best in the NFL at this point right now”

Leon talks about being affiliated with the Hard Knocks:

“It was good; it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I kind of pictured the first day after practice there’s going to be hundreds of cameras around, hidden cameras everywhere.  Actually after the first day or two, you see the cameramen, they really don’t bother you.  They do their job and we do ours. It was a fun little deal,   people got to a glimpse inside the locker room a little bit. Get a little more personality off the field; I think it was good for us.”

On the Michigan allegations of practicing too much:

“If you want to be a great player, you got to put in the time.  In the NFL you don’t have the 20 hours like in college, but you always have to put in extra time. One of those steps you have to take to try be that great player you want to be.”

Listen to Leon Hall on WSSP in Milwaukee with the Big Show

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