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Victor Cruz throws a jab at Josh Norman; “He made his choice”

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 11:  Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins works out during pregame warmups prior to facing the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the Redskins lost to the Steelers on Monday night and questions started being asked about why cornerback Josh Norman wasn’t tasked with covering Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown all game, Norman said that he had “100 percent confidence” in the team’s coaches when asked about the game plan.

That’s led to plenty of criticism for coach Jay Gruden as people wonder why’d you pay top of the market prices for Norman and treat him as interchangeable with Bashaud Breeland. Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was one who said he feels that way, although his teammate Victor Cruz seemed to take a page from fellow wideout Odell Beckham’s book in order to make it all about Norman.

“Especially if he calls himself — I don’t call him this, he calls himself — the best corner in the league, then you have to cover the best receivers on the other team,” Cruz said, via the New York Post. “Going in I thought he was going to follow AB all over the place, but he didn’t, so it is what it is. He made his choice. It’s always his choice. He can go to the powers that be and say, ‘Hey, I want to cover this guy.’ And if they say no, if maybe he did that and they said no, then I’ll have to eat my words. But for the most part you can go and make that request, I’m sure.”

Norman may well have made that request, been denied and opted not to air that publicly after the game. Cruz has no way of knowing that, but he does know that roasting Norman will get space in local and national media. That keeps the issue one that Norman and the Redskins will have to continue answering questions about, especially with the Giants on the schedule next week.

That may be handled without much fuss in Washington, but the Giants obviously believe it’s worth a shot at throwing a division rival off their game.

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54 Responses to “Victor Cruz throws a jab at Josh Norman; “He made his choice””
  1. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 15, 2016 7:35 AM

    Looks like the G-Men are going to get inside normans head

  2. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Sep 15, 2016 7:45 AM

    Norman and the skins would rather be answering these questions rather than why the “best corner in the league” ft burned all night by AB and how they overspent…yet again.

  3. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 15, 2016 7:51 AM

    While I don’t think this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Norman says that Cruz is trying to goad him into covering the best receiver so that he will cover Beckham the while game so Cruz won’t have to deal with him. Get ready to hear it…

  4. ctiggs says: Sep 15, 2016 7:58 AM

    I feel like im hearing about Richard Sherman all over again. Sherman at least got quiet after his contract.

  5. udontknowjacku says: Sep 15, 2016 8:04 AM

    victor who?? dude hasnt been worth crap in YEARS

  6. vablockaderunner says: Sep 15, 2016 8:05 AM

    That’s idiotic. Norman covered the guy across from him.

    You may as well say Antonio Brown isn’t the best receiver in the game because he didn’t demand to go up against Josh Norman on every snap.

    I’m not a big fan of the whole “you play left corner and we use a lot of zone so that’s that, our corners can’t possibly learn how to play left and right for some reason.”

    But that’s on the defensive coordinator.

  7. dequan81 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:07 AM

    I’m confused… Why are Giants players coming out to talk about Norman this week. Last I checked they don’t play the Skins, they didn’t play the Skins, so I’m unsure why they’re talking to much about the skins…

  8. httr4life4ever says: Sep 15, 2016 8:13 AM

    Cruz talking but hasn’t done nothing in 3 years, we don’t know you. Reestablish yourself as a WR, then we’ll listen.

  9. ckudrick says: Sep 15, 2016 8:14 AM

    The more likely explanation is that the Skins knew that Antonio Brown would roast Norman (to be fair, I think he could roast any CB) and didn’t want the embarrassment of their high-priced free agent being exposed on MNF.

  10. iamedreed says: Sep 15, 2016 8:16 AM

    i don’t have a problem with the game plan- unless your revis from 2012 you arent good enough to match up 1 on 1 with the top receivers

    you leave your best corner on an island with the #2 and you double the #1 all game

  11. helldog33 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:25 AM

    So, cornerbacks are the ones who tell coaches who they will cover in games. That sounds right.

  12. metalman5150 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:33 AM

    Brown could have easily lined up on the right to face Norman.

    Players play. Coaches coach. Probably not a single coach in the NFL would have their top corner moving around the field to cover the top WR.

  13. renocarolina says: Sep 15, 2016 8:36 AM

    Sounds like Cruz is lobbying for Norman not to cover him.

    What a coward.

  14. buttersdr says: Sep 15, 2016 8:36 AM

    Maybe the Redskins are trying to model something like Seattle. What did Denver do after SB48?… focus an aspect of defense that overwhelms the other team into playing out of character. Maybe just maybe they’re trying to develop a scheme that forces offenses to build packages for 1 side of the field. Maybe this scheme takes a bit of time, maybe it takes a few years to develop. Sherman was being ridiculed for the same things in prior years but no one is saying anything anymore because they’ve lead to league in scoring defense the last 3 years. And if all these points, which are maybes, maybe it’s just that Antonio Brown is one of the best WRs ever and it doesn’t matter what you do.

    my last maybe: maybe the reconstructed redskis don’t want to expose a player from a carolina system when the 10 others are not all that great

  15. n0hopeleft says: Sep 15, 2016 8:37 AM

    Josh Norman imminent meltdown approaching in 3…2….1…….

    Dez this weekend, then the onslaught of GMEN receivers in week 3.

    The Giants remember everything this fool said. Saddle up Sally Norman.

  16. chimps000 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:39 AM

    gee and here I thought that coaches coach and players play- apparently Victor Cruz is an assistant coach on the Giants and tells them what he feels like doing on the field.

  17. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 15, 2016 8:41 AM

    Without the right system and a Panthers supporting cast, Norman is no more elite than half of the corners in the league. Monday night was just the beginning.

  18. harveyredman says: Sep 15, 2016 8:42 AM

    Can we hear from all the nickel and dime DB’s and back-up Olineman too?

    Cruz is the 3rd receiver on the Giants – not 1, not 2, but #3!

    He needs to make sure his hamstrings and feet and calves and whatever else don’t blow up while he goes pee at night. Leave the smack-talk to guys who actually PLAY a couple games a season. Guy plays 1 game in 3 years and starts singing like a canary in a coal mine

  19. conciselogic says: Sep 15, 2016 8:46 AM

    A so-called “great” player gets huge contract from the professional football team that plays in Washington and underperforms?


  20. my_old_name_was_offensive says: Sep 15, 2016 8:54 AM

    Cruz wants Norman to cover the best receiver, so he won’t have to face him….


  21. najacoo22 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:59 AM

    Right, because I’m sure Norman decided to stay at left corner and not cover Antonio Brown. Maybe Victor Cruz should wait to see if he can be a productive player again before throwing jabs.

  22. dalfanforever says: Sep 15, 2016 9:08 AM

    He’s right you know…

  23. cowboysfan1979 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:13 AM

    He wants to make sure Norman is covering ODB when they play and not him so he can rack up some against Breeland too.

  24. elvoid says: Sep 15, 2016 9:15 AM

    Last time I checked, player’s don’t dictate to coaches. This is all on Gruden. To say Norman “made his choice” is silly.

  25. demskinsbaby says: Sep 15, 2016 9:32 AM

    Wow…make a TD after not playing for 3 years, and you start mouthing off. Classless player, classless owner and organization.

  26. eazeback says: Sep 15, 2016 9:41 AM

    NORMAN is a decent corner not in the upper echelon by any means…is he even in the top 10?

  27. theashleyguy says: Sep 15, 2016 9:43 AM

    There is not one person–other than Josh Norman–who thinks Josh Norman is the best corner in the league. Not one.

  28. robadat says: Sep 15, 2016 9:44 AM

    Victor Cruz and the rest of the G-men better get Norman out of their heads and concentrate on what they need to do to stop this week’s opponent, Drew Brees and the rest of the Saints.

  29. amaf21 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:44 AM

    Who? This clown has been out of the league for 2+ years.

  30. TheAfterParty says: Sep 15, 2016 10:14 AM

    The whole situation is baffling. Why let your 2nd CB keep getting roasted by the best WR in the league? Did the Redskins actually want to win? I doubt Norman would have done as badly as Breeland, and even if he did, you know you did everything you could on defense to stop him.

  31. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Sep 15, 2016 10:17 AM

    I’m no fan of Josh Norman, but this is ridiculous. How can an NFL player suggest Norman “made his choice” as if he spent his first summer with the Redskins crafting up defensive strategies.

    As a DB, you do what you are told within the scheme, if Joe Barry wants Norman to stay in his zone, on the left side of the field, thats all Norman can do. Does Cruz expect Norman to say “nah coach, scratch your plans, I got this.”

  32. bocadiver1 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:26 AM

    “This clown” fought through a devastating injury, worked like an animal to be in a position to play again and scored the winning TD on a classic move to get open. You, clown, would probably still be stretched out on your couch wimpering about the pain you still feel 700+ days later.

  33. formerworldchamps says: Sep 15, 2016 10:32 AM

    I am a life long Giant fan.And proud of that!! Although I have loved what Cruz has given the Giants in the past I think he is talking way too much here. One(Norman) plays the scheme that is called by the def coordinator.Although I dislike Norman he just did his job there.

    All that being said,I am hoping the Giants dismantle that zone in 10 days!!!

  34. jw619 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:34 AM

    I hope the Saints torch the Gmen , then maybe they will concentrate on their next opponent each week and get the REDSKINS out of their heads…

  35. jag1959 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:46 AM

    jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:17 AM
    Does Cruz expect Norman to say “nah coach, scratch your plans, I got this.”

    Uh…apparently he does. What part of “He can go to the powers that be and say, ‘Hey, I want to cover this guy’ ” was hard to understand?
    Jets fans…

  36. mazenblue says: Sep 15, 2016 10:48 AM

    Any top CB in the league would make damn sure he’s gonna stop the opposing top receiver. Except Rich Sherman. He only plays one side of the field.

    Yall in disbelief, sit down please. Norman should have let it known he gonna shutdwn Antonio Brown. He backed up from the challenge immediately by knowingly not asking to cover AB

  37. kyleprofootballtalk says: Sep 15, 2016 10:53 AM

    udontknowjacku says:
    Sep 15, 2016 8:04 AM
    victor who?? dude hasn’t been worth crap in YEARS


    Well, he has more TD’s this year than the entire WAS receiving corps…

  38. sb44champs says: Sep 15, 2016 11:01 AM

    Good keep thinking about Norman and overlook the Saints… Hopefully Saints over Giants…probably in another shootout

  39. metalman5150 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:22 AM

    How many corners shut down Antonio Brown, last year? How about the year before last?


  40. metalman5150 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:30 AM

    The one time that Brown DID line up against Norman. Norman forced a fumble, that was called dead ball, bc Brown, was said to NOT have made a “football move”.

  41. hawkwind8 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:03 PM

    Breelalnd is a very good CB. If Hall had been paying attention to his responsibilities, they may have been able to shut down that 4th and 1 TD.

  42. skinsjunkie says: Sep 15, 2016 12:12 PM

    First off who the hell is Cruz? Dude does his gay dance once in two years and he thinks he can talk lmao.

    2nd Damn I am a skins fan and some of you so called fans want to push the Panic Button after getting beat by a great team with a great game plan. We are only going into week 2 calm down people… HTTR

  43. mogogo1 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:18 PM

    Not really understanding how this is an ongoing story. It’s clear it wasn’t Norman deciding who he was covering and Cruz would jump teams in a heartbeat if somebody waved a huge contract at him–as would any other player out there. Norman is a blowhard but he hasn’t done anything that every other player in the league wouldn’t have done.

  44. jppsblownofffingers says: Sep 15, 2016 12:23 PM

    Cruz can talk all he wants. He’s actually done something in this league. Norman hasn’t. All the arm chair idiots criticizing that he’s been hurt so he shouldn’t talk. Like that has anything to do with anything. Last I checked he caught the game winning TD last week and has a super bowl ring. What has Norman done to run his trap? Yeahhhhh nothin

  45. kemp13 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:26 PM

    Please alert us the next time Cruz blows off the coaches and lines up wherever the hell he feels like lining up. When that day comes, we’ll all know to come back at him about his “choices.”

    Cruz is a great example that it’s better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.

  46. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:38 PM

    Brown could have easily lined up on the right to face Norman.

    Players play. Coaches coach. Probably not a single coach in the NFL would have their top corner moving around the field to cover the top WR.

    the game is a chess match. The point is to get AB loose to expose the D and create mismatches. The D is supposed to not allow those mismatches to take place. If he is their best corner, then he needs to be played to best put the team in position to win.

  47. unkleruckus says: Sep 15, 2016 12:57 PM

    Cruz can talk all he wants. He’s actually done something in this league. Norman hasn’t. All the arm chair idiots criticizing that he’s been hurt so he shouldn’t talk. Like that has anything to do with anything. Last I checked he caught the game winning TD last week and has a super bowl ring. What has Norman done to run his trap? Yeahhhhh nothin
    Norman has signed a 70+ million dollar contract. GAME OVER. Hell, last time I checked former players were selling their Super Bowl rings on EBay because they went broke. If you think a super bowl ring>than a life changing contract then you are dumber than I think you are. Quick …. Who was the long snapper for the Broncos last year ? Because he also has a Super Bowl ring, as does every punter from every Super Bowl winning team.

  48. JaminJake says: Sep 15, 2016 1:01 PM

    AB 84 is the best receiver in the game. No comparison. He made CH Jr. Look like chino change when he toasted him for 200+ yards and the first scores in nearly two years on him.

    Josh Norman isn’t even as good as Sherman. He should be quiet.

  49. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 15, 2016 1:14 PM

    Is this the same Cruz who can’t stay on the field? The one hit wonder who does the Mexican hat dance after scoring?

    I’m sure it couldn’t be. That guy would know better than to speak out about any player.

  50. sdffa11 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:23 PM

    Cruz is now the biggest idiot in the league. Norman is an overrated punk but it’s not his fault his defensive coordinator doesn’t know how to make in game adjustments. Asking the coaches to shadow someone for the duration of the game and having that request implemented into the game plan are too completely different. But idiot giant fans don’t seem to grasp the difference

  51. skippernuts says: Sep 15, 2016 1:49 PM

    Steelers fan here in chiming in, in defense of Norman. AB was targeted twice while covered by Norman. He caught neither pass.

  52. RuddyJamesDIO says: Sep 15, 2016 1:50 PM

    Does Cruz even play anymore?? Shut your trap loser!!

  53. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:56 PM

    Yes he plays 3 catches and the winning TD
    What else you want to know ?

  54. bigjd says: Sep 15, 2016 4:51 PM

    Says the guy that has been stealing money from the Giants for the last two years. Because he sure didn’t earn it on the field!

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