"Don't matter what he say. This is my team; this is my defense," Hall said. "So I'm going to follow the receiver around. That's what I'm going to do. If we've got to do that to win games, that's what I'm going to do."
Johnson wound up outjumping Doughty in the end zone to make the catch.
"We'll go back to the drawing board," Hall said. "Won't happen like that again. If Andre Johnson's out there, I'm going to be out there."
Talking about that play, Hall said: "That's how it was. That ain't how it's going to be from here on out. I'm going wherever the ... ball is going. Wherever the receiver's going, that's where ... I'm going, bottom line."
"I want all my players thinking that way ... wanting the pressure of covering the top receiver," Shanahan said. "You want guys that believe in themselves and guys that know they can get the job done."
Asked about his defense's play this season, his first in Washington, Shanahan said: "Well, you're going to give up big plays with any defense when you're just kind of getting started. It's a learning curve. We've just got to keep on getting better."
"You give me enough opportunities, I'm going to make plays. That's how it is," Hall said. "Yesterday, I didn't have no opportunities to make no plays. That's frustrating. It's frustrating to go out there and be up 17 points and still lose a game."
Hall didn't speak with Haslett during the offseason about being assigned to follow one particular receiver. But Hall figures Haslett is familiar with his play in the past.
"I felt like the game was over, felt like we were dominating those guys, hitting Schaub whenever we wanted to," Hall said. "He was falling down without anybody even around him, like Peyton Manning does a lot. I don't know what transpired."
Notes: An MRI exam on rookie LT Trent Williams' injured left knee came back negative, but Shanahan said he won't know until later in the week whether or not the fourth overall pick in this year's draft will play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. ... Shanahan said he doesn't know whether or not DL Albert Haynesworth (ankle) will be available to practice this week. ... The Redskins have run for 107 yards; the only two NFL teams who gained fewer on the ground as of Monday afternoon were the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, who had played only one game before meeting Monday night. Washington ran for 18 yards on 17 carries Sunday, and Shanahan acknowledged, "The running game wasn't there." ... Shanahan had no problem with Texans coach Gary Kubiak calling a timeout just as Redskins kicker Graham Gano was about to attempt a 52-yard field goal in overtime; after all, as Shanahan pointed out, it's a strategy he "got so much abuse for starting" years ago. Gano initially put the ball through the uprights, but it didn't count; his second attempt sailed wide right. Gano explained Monday he "kind of lifted my head up in excitement to try and see where the kick went," which threw his body off. "It's never good when it happens," Gano said, "but it's better that it happens now, rather than when we're in the playoffs."
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