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Josh Norman on switching sides: Ask the coaches

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys talks with cornerback Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Heading into Sunday’s game with the Cowboys, word was that the Redskins would continue to have cornerback Josh Norman line up on the left side of the defense whether Dez Bryant was there or not.

Norman’s placement was an issue in the opener as the Steelers regularly went to Antonio Brown when he was covered by cornerback Bashaud Breeland and it was an issue for much of the Cowboys’ 27-23 win this weekend. Bryant had seven catches for 102 yards, many of which came when he was on the opposite side of the field from Norman.

That’s likely why the Redskins decided to change course late in the loss. Norman lined up against Bryant on the right side of the defense, although that didn’t work out well. Norman was flagged for illegal hands to the face, helping the Cowboys on their way to the go-ahead touchdown. After the game, Norman said he wasn’t the man to talk to about the change.

“I don’t know, ask Coach [Jay Gruden] that,” Norman said after the game. “Don’t ask me. I’m one of the soldiers on the field so you’ve got to ask the field generals on the sidelines. … I don’t know [when the decision was made], I mean, he’s in one time, out one time, I was just doing what I was asked to do, giving it my all no matter what the situation is, who I am facing, who I am not facing. I just want to win so, it really don’t matter to me.”

Norman did force an Ezekiel Elliott fumble, but it wasn’t a great day on or off the field. Norman was asked to take a drug test after the game, something he said, via ESPN.com, he didn’t understand because players “don’t have anything left in the tank.”

Given his history with Odell Beckham, Norman’s spot on the field will be discussed a lot again this week. The same is true of Norman’s team’s need to find something in their tank before they find themselves three games back of the Giants three weeks into the season.

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21 Responses to “Josh Norman on switching sides: Ask the coaches”
  1. nhpats says: Sep 18, 2016 8:31 PM

    Dude was pretty good at running his mouth during the offseason….. Not so much now that they are 0-2.

  2. johnnyballsack says: Sep 18, 2016 8:32 PM

    Good old Josh, throwing his coaches under the bus. Be a man and go to your coaches and tell them you want to shadow the other teams best player, even if you didn’t do it in Carolina. Unless of course he doesn’t want to…

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 18, 2016 8:37 PM

    Josh Norman is the best CB in the sport and only the uneducated deny it. Next week Odell Weird Head Beckham will be calling him Daddy.

  4. johnnyballsack says: Sep 18, 2016 8:48 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 18, 2016 8:37 PM
    Josh Norman is the best CB in the sport and only the uneducated deny it. Next week Odell Weird Head Beckham will be calling him Daddy.
    ——————————————————
    Coming from the guy who claimed RG3 would be a multiple MVP/ Hall of Famer and lead Washington to multiple Super Bowl championships. Ask Josh Norman if he is as good as Patrick Peterson, I guarantee he can not say yes with a straight face or without laughing. Not even a top 10 CB, unless we are talking salary.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Sep 18, 2016 8:50 PM

    He’s right. Keep Pounding.

  6. rohinaz says: Sep 18, 2016 8:58 PM

    Why does no one ask Richard Sherman the same thing. Peterson and revis are the only shutdown cb’s that travel

  7. doe22us says: Sep 18, 2016 9:21 PM

    Revis shutdown corner ?? 4 years ago yeah, not anymore bro..

  8. defscottyb says: Sep 18, 2016 9:25 PM

    I Thought He Played Awesome … Kirk lost us this game.

  9. mwcarolina says: Sep 18, 2016 9:33 PM

    He can’t answer that, he’s taking a drug test.

    Honestly, he did a good job today. It’s not his fault that Vanilla Cousins can’t take advantage of great field position, not once, but twice. Kirk is on a one year deal and honestly, I won’t re-sign him

  10. coolhandluke242 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:39 PM

    Gruden, Barry and Cousins lost yet another game. These 3 clowns must go and be replaced by some “real” coaches and QB, these 3 knuckleheads amount to nothing.

  11. mineisfasterthanyours26 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:40 PM

    You are no solider my friend and entertainers like yourself should never reference themselves as such

  12. dsdavila says: Sep 18, 2016 9:44 PM

    Norman stopping much more than Petersen both games so far. Skins have a good one, D coach must change, scheme with him. When you have top 5 talent at a position, you scheme around that talent, it’s what all good coaches do. Skins have top 2 talent in 24 and 86. We’ll see how their coaches adjust.

  13. Grulks says: Sep 18, 2016 10:15 PM

    I remember last year when Norman said Dez should give Dallas their money back.

    I hope Dez returns the favor, haha

  14. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 18, 2016 11:18 PM

    I don’t understand why they paid him so much money if the other team is just going to go to the other side of the field. How stupid. If i were an offensive coach on an opposing team I’d just put my 5th receiver on that side of the field and flood the other side and feast on that stupid defensive scheme. Norman wouldn’t care as long as he gets to cash his paycheck.

  15. RegisHawk says: Sep 19, 2016 8:06 AM

    Norman took advantage of events. His contract was up and the Panthers d-line gave him opportunity to make himself look better than he is. He got paid and now everyone wonders why he isn’t worth it.

    Peterson has athletic ability, but not the smarts to do his job well; it’s why he gets burned often.

    Revis is old and worn out.

    Sherman held Antonio Brown to 6 catches for ~60 yards on 12 targets, with no TDs. He can follow any time and he has the brains to shut down any receiver, they just don’t scheme that way.

  16. TheAfterParty says: Sep 19, 2016 8:55 AM

    It would be less difficult to defend this defensive strategy of Norman staying on one side of the field if it translated into wins.

  17. truecowboyfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    Blaming Kirk Cousins solely for the loss is ridiculous. Are you redskin fans forgetting that a ROOKIE QB tore your defense up? The loss was equally spread throughout the team.

  18. factor71 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:24 PM

    Did some of you even watch the game? When Dez went up directly against Norman, he was largely shut down. The penalty referenced in this article that led to the TD is one of many reasons the NFL is refereeing the game to death. Norman has been very good, as advertised, in both games 1 and 2. He has a valid point that his idiot DC needs to consider. Why isn’t one of the best corners in the game shadowing the best WR for the other team constantly rather than allowing Bashaud Breeland to continue to fail in one on one coverage? Joe Barry is the root of this problem and he needs to be fired. High school DC’s would have made the change to Norman on Brown/Bryant for the entire game. He did not/could not make the change until the damage had been done in the Cowboys game. Pathetic that such a person could be the DC in the NFL.

  19. deshackle says: Sep 19, 2016 12:41 PM

    I like Josh Norman, he’s a gamer giving max effort. He got on Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant like a wet shirt.

    Sure, he’s going to give up some plays but the effort and confidence is there.

  20. gpete1962 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:59 PM

    This punk Sucks! That’s why the Panthers let him walk

  21. enkay85 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:56 PM

    Norman is the only DB to have more passes defensed than catches allowed this year (4 and 3 respectively). He’s playing awesome, you donkeys.

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