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Antonio Brown wanted to face Josh Norman

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Running back DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Much has been said about Washington’s failure to place cornerback Josh Norman against Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in Week One, most of it from the losing team’s perspective.

On Wednesday, Brown said plenty about what he expected when facing Washington’s $15 million cover corner.

“I was a little surprised,” Brown said on PFT Live regarding the decision not to put Norman across from Brown, wherever he went. “I kind of figured they weren’t, you know, studying his history from Carolina he’s never been a guy who traveled with guys. I think he may have done it maybe once or twice maybe with Julio Jones, but I knew it wasn’t the case with competing against him. I didn’t think for one bit they was going to want him to follow me or guard me around all day.”

Did Brown want to be covered by Norman?

“Absolutely man; that’s what the NFL is for,” Brown said. “To measure guys of who are the best based upon how you perform against the best corners, and that’s the match up you want to see. I think that’s what people want to see and that’s how you discover good on good. It lets the best guys go against each other and compete. It’s just sad to see. It’s not like that in the NFL anymore. The coaches try to do a good job of going away from the good players and keeping the game fine.”

It ended up better than fine for Brown against Washington. Brown’s performance dipped in Week Two, because the Bengals committed extra resources to stopping him. Brown said he was frustrated at times by that approach, but that he realizes that drawing added attention makes it easier for the rest of the offense to operate.

The four-catch, 39-yard performance ultimately didn’t impact PFT Planet’s assessment of Brown. With nearly 14,000 votes cast, 63 percent deemed Brown to be the best receiver in the league, with five other choices far behind him.

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16 Responses to “Antonio Brown wanted to face Josh Norman”
  1. rohinaz says: Sep 21, 2016 1:01 PM

    Brown also said Patrick Peterson is hands down the best cb in the nfl.

  2. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 21, 2016 1:04 PM

    “The coaches try to do a good job of going away from the good players and keeping the game fine.”

    And there’s the money statement. Coaches aren’t hired to put the best player against the other team’s best player, they are hired to put their players into position to win games, and hopefully win championships.

    If the coaches don’t win games, they get fired (unless their name is Jeff Fisher).

  3. thelastwordyaheard says: Sep 21, 2016 1:09 PM

    Reading his quotes actually made me dumber..

  4. crewchief15 says: Sep 21, 2016 1:13 PM

    Enough about Norman, he’s a really good CB, not a shutdown CB. If he was a complete shutdown CB, the Panthers would not have let him walk.

  5. collectordude says: Sep 21, 2016 1:14 PM

    Of course he wanted to face Norman.
    He wanted to go against an over-rated CB.

  6. bullcharger says: Sep 21, 2016 1:36 PM

    Antonio Brown is probably the best offensive player in the NFL right now, but he’s still a smallish WR. He can be taken out of a game. Look at how Cinci plays him. Doesn’t mean Ben won’t find the open man, but there’s a way to not allow Brown to beat you too badly. Washington just didn’t know the way.

  7. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 21, 2016 2:21 PM

    Adam Jones ate your lunch last Sunday AB! Why don’t you talk about him? Or can you only talk about games where you put up good numbers? Good team win for the Steelers though… see you in a few months.

  8. demskinsbaby says: Sep 21, 2016 2:36 PM

    The is some bull… He ran away from Josh now he says he wanted to face him…laughable.

  9. demskinsbaby says: Sep 21, 2016 2:38 PM

    Brown couldn’t beat Norman…and his team wasn’t even confident about it. Josh shut him down.

  10. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 21, 2016 3:11 PM

    When he isn’t shaking his butt does he ever shut up? I guess not. Who wants this big mouth on their team? I’ve never heard so much trash talk over someone beating the worst team in the NFL. What a joke!

  11. avenger9800 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:11 PM

    He only going to be the best receiver in the league for two more weeks until Josh Gordon comes back. That is if the Browns have any QBs left on the team by then. But if Josh had BR as a QB, he’d be so much better than AB it wouldn’t even be funny.

  12. theageofquarrel says: Sep 21, 2016 4:39 PM

    Josh Gordon couldn’t carry AB’s jock

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 21, 2016 6:05 PM

    takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Sep 21, 2016 3:11 PM
    When he isn’t shaking his butt does he ever shut up? I guess not. Who wants this big mouth on their team? I’ve never heard so much trash talk over someone beating the worst team in the NFL. What a joke!

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    I want that big mouth on my team and if you weren’t a fool you would also……but changing your name doesn’t hide your ignorance. Trolling needs to have a bit of truth to be effective…..epic fail.

  14. demskinsbaby says: Sep 21, 2016 7:52 PM

    I think it was AB who was shaking his butt… Ha!!

  15. baddawg02 says: Sep 21, 2016 10:57 PM

    Hey tylereifertissostoppable,how did big bad AJ Green fare against that soft Steeler defense?oh yeah ,2 big receptions for38 yards,Why don’t you give credit where credit is due? The Steelers manhandled your stinking team.Soft defense my ass.

  16. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 22, 2016 9:36 AM

    Pittsburgh is just as classless as the weemen. If you wanted to go against him then line up opposite him. Don’t talk about it afterwards. What a chump.

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