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Washington will continue to keep Josh Norman on one side

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a second quarter touchdown past cornerback Bashaud Breeland #26 and strong safety DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Six days after keeping $15 million-per-year cornerback Josh Norman on one side of the formation against the Steelers, Washington apparently will be doing it again against the Cowboys.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Norman will remain primarily on the left side of the defensive formation. Which will allow Dallas to deploy receiver Dez Bryant on the other side, for a more favorable matchup against overmatched (on Monday night) cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

It’s no surprise. If Washington would have abandoned its plan for playing defense after only one game, it would appear that they have yielded to public and media pressure.

Besides, Dak Prescott is throwing the ball this week, not Ben Roethlisberger. The veteran signal-caller still doesn’t get the credit he deserves for finding that sweet spot between lingering physical abilities and expanded brainpower based on more than 12 years of experience. Brown burned Breeland in part because Ben kept putting the ball in tight spaces. If Prescott can’t, Breeland suddenly will look a lot better.

Besides, it sounds as if Breeland has learned his lesson after Week One.

“I should’ve used my hands more, use my length more other than my feet,” Breeland said this week, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “I gave him too much room. And I crowded the line too much other times and that put me in bad positions as well. You have to know that you’re not always going to make plays. You’re going to get got sometimes. So, you have to have that mentality of, ‘I’m not always going to get got.’ Just keep playing the next play. Short-term memory.”

It would help Breeland if Washington would slide safety help over to his side, when Bryant is on it. All too often, safety DeAngelo Hall was in the middle of the field on Monday night, and Breeland was on his own against Brown.

That’s arguably the more confounding aspect of the decision to keep Norman on one side. Wherever he is, the safeties should be able to slide the other way, with one helping Breeland and the other covering the tight end or a running back.

Again, there’s a chance it will work better this week because they’re facing Prescott and not Roethlisberger. But Washington won’t be facing a rookie quarterback every week.

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27 Responses to “Washington will continue to keep Josh Norman on one side”
  1. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:14 AM

    Dez ison the decline!!!

  2. bettis3636 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:16 AM

    Richard Sherman stays on one side… whats the difference?? its like calling yourself the best pool guard of the shallow section… hahaha

    But what do u know… im just a lil ol Correctional Officer.. lol

  3. mazenblue says: Sep 18, 2016 8:19 AM

    Translation”Well Dez never played his side so Joshy didnt have to cover Dez” -coach

  4. MichaelEdits says: Sep 18, 2016 8:28 AM

    Keep Pounding.

  5. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 18, 2016 8:28 AM

    Money well spent.

  6. toybkshr says: Sep 18, 2016 8:28 AM

    LOL – Cuzz it worked so well last week!

  7. zuzus petals says: Sep 18, 2016 8:42 AM

    When Revis played for the Pats BB usually put him on the #2 receiver and then put a corner and a saftey on the #1. Side of the field didn’t matter but all this talk about Norman not playing the #1 seems overblown. Whatever stops the other team from scoring.

  8. raaz227httr says: Sep 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    Well Breeland plays Dez really well so not worried. Let’s move on from this.

  9. senky3 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    This is being done so the skins don’t look bad for spending all that money on a cb that was good in a system tailored for him. I haven’t seen any evidence of great play from him.

  10. bhindenemylines says: Sep 18, 2016 9:12 AM

    Thank you!

    Signed every Offensive Coordinator and WR1 in the league.

  11. gpete1962 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:18 AM

    Only because Snyder doesn’t want to have to justify Norman’s salary for someone the panthers let go for free!!

    Their D is gonna get roasted by the Boy’s today.

  12. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 18, 2016 9:19 AM

    This can easily be taken advantage of by the Cowboys ,,, it’s actually pretty simple just line Dez up on the weak side ,,that side would be Normans !

  13. chimps000 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:22 AM

    D Hall played poorly against the steelers… the other safety Bruton is a backup who somehow is starting for skins… they need to give help earlier to Breeland.

  14. mrba4775 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:26 AM

    Dez will punk the deadskins db`s today, take it to the bank!! This will be Dak coming out party. Also, expect Zeke to run through the deadskins defense like Swiss cheese. How About Them Cowboys!!

  15. longtimefanh8tr says: Sep 18, 2016 9:41 AM

    And opponents will continue to put their best receiver on the opposite side of him.

  16. demskinsbaby says: Sep 18, 2016 9:45 AM

    So teams are scared of Josh Norman… Lmao. Too funny. Get ’em Breeland!!

  17. avr29 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:45 AM

    bettis3636 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 8:16 AM
    Richard Sherman stays on one side… whats the difference?? its like calling yourself the best pool guard of the shallow section… hahaha

    But what do u know… im just a lil ol Correctional Officer.. lol

    Yes, and no. Sherman mostly does stay on the defensive left, but last year, when corner play on the other side was weak, he traveled to cover #1s on the other side of the field and even played against guys in the slot, which is something Norman never did. So long as Seattle has ET over the top, they’re fine with leaving Sherm on one side and having ET shade the other.

    When you’re the highest paid corner in football, you should be able to travel with #1s, especially when the safety help isn’t all that good. Not to mention film shows Sammie Coates whipping Norman all game as well.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:50 AM

    If it doesn’t work the first time, what makes him think it will work this week?

    Terrible coaching.

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 18, 2016 10:49 AM

    I kinda agree with the coach. You can shadow one receiver all day but they can also keep moving that receive around all day…. And anyone who watches the Dallas and Washington rivalry the last two years is well aware that Breeland has done very well covering Dez Bryant. The Redskins problem today will be stopping the run and stop and Cole Beasley.

  20. painsyndicate says: Sep 18, 2016 10:52 AM

    Pretty smart to announce this before the game.


  21. themiamidolphins says: Sep 18, 2016 11:00 AM

    I’m not really fan of Norman. He’s obnoxious and a little overrated. But sticking to one side isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If Norman does his job, he’s shutting down one half of the field which naturally makes things more difficult for the QB. If Norman shuts down one side, both safeties can help on the other side. It didn’t work last week, but the Redskins aren’t going to see a WR-QB combo as good as Ben-AB every week.

    I’ll wait another week or two before determining whether this is a good game plan or not.

  22. ratay1 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:20 AM

    Is this a story b/c WAS is the only team that doesn’t move their 1CB around with their opponents’ top WR?

    How frequently does this happen? I know Revis typically moves with the Jets (and did that with the Pats some, too), but Sherman doesn’t really move and Talib mostly stays home.

    Last year Breeland was the corner that matched up with Dez and he had some success, so it’s not like the outcome of keeping Josh on the left side forcing Breeland on to Dez is an outcome WAS should worry about…

    …and when Dez lines up on DAL’s right, Norman will dust off the skill that held Dez to 2 catches and bread crumbs for yards at the end of last season.

  23. jcthree3303 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    The key isn’t this week. Its next week. You know they will try and have Odell 1 on 1 vs Breeland as much as possible.

  24. kmdp4 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:48 AM

    No CB moves to cover the best WR from another team so the whole conversation is stupid.

  25. collectordude says: Sep 18, 2016 12:02 PM

    Norman is over-rated big time.

  26. laserw says: Sep 18, 2016 12:11 PM

    How long will that idiot defensive coordinator keep his job?

    This is going to be fun.

    I am a Redskins fan but I want that guy gone and hopefully Almo will tear them up for 200 yards on the ground.

  27. rohinaz says: Sep 18, 2016 12:35 PM

    Why does the media critsize Norman for sticking to one side when Richard Sherman has done the same 95% of his career.

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