Josh Norman saw a lack of chemistry in Washington

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Washington cornerback Josh Norman tried to be a good host, and build some camaraderie.

But somewhere along the way during a 7-9 season, his teammates lost interest.

Norman voiced some concerns about team chemistry to Kimberley Martin of the Washington Post, saying that disinterest in his off-field get-togethers might have been an indicator of some on-field problems. He would open his home for guys to hang out and get to know each other, and schedule other outings. But at a certain point in the season, some players just stopped showing up.

That’s the frustrating part about it,” Norman said. “Because if everybody’s all in on something, then you be all in. But if you’re not, then let us know. If you want to do something different, then we can do that. We can do it in however way you feel — but we will be together. We will do things together.”

While card games and movie nights might not make the biggest difference, Norman saw a correlation between declining attendance and the problems that cropped up as the year went along. He wasn’t the only one to mention the intangibles, as opposed to all the tangible problems they had.

Norman mentioned the Week Eight loss to Dallas as a turning point

“I just think we just weren’t together,” Norman said. “That Cowboy game, it was like a real big thing for us.”

Of course, injuries to the front seven might have been a bigger issue for Washington, as lineups were a week-to-week guessing game. But declining results and declining attendance are connected in Norman’s mind.

30 responses to “Josh Norman saw a lack of chemistry in Washington

  1. Carolina knew him well, yet pulled their offer off the table. Now he’s having issues in Washington. I would guess there are about 32 teams out there that Norman would have problems with. Find the common denominator.

  2. This guy fleeced the Redskins because of that one game that forever turned OBJ into a clown. Now Washington is stuck with him and that ridiculous contract. At least Cousins and his mediocrity will be another team’s problem next year.

  3. My Redskins Alltime Dan Snyder Free Agent Team

    QB – Jeff George
    WR- DeSean Jackson
    WR – Antwaan Randel El
    WR – Terrell Pryor
    TE – Vernon Davis
    OL – Casey Rabach
    DL – Bruce Smith
    DL – Albert Haynseworth
    DL – Dana Stubblefield
    DL – Andre Carter
    LB – London Fletcher
    LB – Jeremiah Trotter
    LB Mike Barrow
    CB – Deion Sanders
    CB – Josh Norman
    CB – Deangelo Hall
    SS – Adam Archuleta
    FS Mark Carrier

    The definition of NFL insanity is to continue to spend big money on Free agents every season and expecting a different result.

  4. Perhaps you could start playing more than one side of the field and position? I mean, you are the highest paid piece of junk CB they have.

  5. That Josh Norman blames the fact that people stopped showing up for his parties on team chemistry and not the fact that maybe his parties were just terrible tells you everything you need to know about Josh Norman.

  6. Right on, Josh.

    The Washington Redskins are & will be a team of mediocraty until they learn to draft better players & support the decent ones that are there.

  7. I’m surprised at everyone attacking Josh Norman about this. Lack of team chemistry can be a real problem for a team, and I would suspect that most (if not all) successful teams in the NFL have a strong team bond. Josh should be given kudos for recognizing this and trying to rectify the problem. Until Dan Snyder recognizes this, his teams will be doomed to mediocrity (or worse).

  8. If they don’t resign KC then who will QB the team? It’s more than just chemistry, it is leadership and forward thinking from management. Not exactly sure we’ve seen a whole hell of a lot of that the past few years.

    If KC goes elsewhere, maybe they could bring back RGme. That would certainly make one certain fanboy happy.

  9. Norman is right. There is a lack of team chemistry in Washington. They lack a personnel department that knows what they’re doing. They keep bringing in problem players from other teams. Guys like Josh Norman and DeSean Jackson. Too many to name. Why do you think other teams are getting rid of these guys? It’s not a matter of lack of leadership or having a veteran in the locker room to keep everyone in line. You have to have a GM that knows how to get players who are already in line. Dan Snyder has tried and tried, but he keeps whiffing on personnel staff. This is 100% on Dan Snyder. If he hasn’t figured it out yet, he isn’t going to.

  10. smgeorge99 ,

    Why are you surprised? They don’t like him, so they’re attacking him for saying it. If it was some guy they perceive as a leader saying it that they liked, they would be applauding him. Also, that his organization is dysfunctional doesn’t change that he’s still one of the best CBs in football no matter if some of you want to acknowledge it or not.

    Still was a major blunder by Gettleman because to say Carolina had defensive backfield issues last year is putting it politely, and he could have had him for one last year while grooming those kids that he threw to the fire, which cost his team dearly.

  11. WR- DeSean Jackson
    TE – Vernon Davis
    DL – Andre Carter
    LB – London Fletcher
    CB – Deangelo Hall

    These players had a pretty positive impact on the Redskins, maybe not gamebreakers but surely not busts either. None of them had obscene contracts either.

  12. Team chemistry starts with players in the same draft class developing on the same team together. The Skins have always used their draft picks as trade pieces to get free agents. Building a team full of free agents, that have already been on multiple teams is what causes this.

  13. Just reading these posts. And the Redskins fanbase have a loser mindset. They attack their young and eat them! Many players are winners until……………….THEY BECOME A SKIN! Just saying-bad culture. dumb FO. which leads to mediocre decisions.

    For one: All these fans talking about signing KC have no CLUE that if they do, they are destined for mediocrity for years.
    In this salary cap age, teams have to use their brains and rely on myths.

    When Tom Brady and the Patriots won the SB in 2016-Tom Brady counted $13.7 million against the cap! That means the Patriots know and understand what must be done to win and remain contenders for the SB!! That leaves the difference to retain GREAT depth and surrounding talent.

    When Cousins won the division in 2015, he counted $778,000 against the cap and they still lost in the playoffs-bad. They roll out the brinks and now complain about the talent they lost after paying this guy $24 mil! There is nothing else that can happen!!!

    Other pro football players deserve to be paid and retained AS WELL!!! It is unfair to keep paying these QB all of the other players money because teams haven’t figured out how this gap in pay is hurting the entire teams chance of competing for SB!!

    When Derek Car balled out in 2016 he counted $1.5 mill against the cap. In 2017 he went to $15.7 and now they wonder what happened? In 2018 he goes to $25 mil against the cap. Hmmm. He’s not going to win anything cause he is going to lack the required surrounding playmakers to make a serious run. Just saying.

  14. So the guy that got paid the big contract and is trying to create chemistry is the bad guy?

    So the guy that is actually admitting what we all are thinking is wrong?

    I think we should adjust how we are thinking. Too many of the big free agents for the Redskins didn’t do any of this to the detriment of the team.

    I think that if Norman is trying to work on these things that should be applauded and that we should look for other players that will try to take the lead as well.

  15. This narrative isn’t as fun as those that many commenters would prefer–but Josh Norman is a really, really good corner and has been a team leader. Glad someone is holding other players accountable.

  16. Josh Norman, D. J. Swearinger, and Junior Galette are responsible for this team going downhill this season. Norman can’t cover a blade of grass. Swearinger causes more yards to be loss by penalty than any other player on the team and he’s a dirty player. Junior Galette has stolen three years of paychecks by being invisible when it matters and then underwhelming when he’s in the game.

    The team would be wise to send this trio packing.

  17. Norman was turned out to be a Horrible free agent signing. He got paid and has basically checked out after. Dude ranked as the 62nd overall CB via PFF with just a 79.1 overall grade, had ZERO INT’s in 14 games and only 9 passes defensed while getting BURNED consistently giving up some big touchdowns catches, the Skins should cut bait and move on this off-season. Go draft a cheap #1cb on a rookie deal.

  18. Norman is trying to recapture team unity which used to occur during summer camp when players were housed together away from home for two weeks during training camp at Dickinson College in Carlise Pa. Player’s walked back & forth to the field and dormitories. After practice they would hang out together and if they wanted to go anywhere they would bicycle around the tiny town on bicycles or car pool. They shared small rooms on the same floor and bonded. Now they go to Richmond Va, stay in a fancy hotel, single occupancy rooms, and drive to and from practice. Some players even have their family and relatives come to Richmond and hang out with them during their stay. I applaud Norman’s efforts.

  19. 49ersfury says:
    January 4, 2018 at 9:37 am

    My Redskins Alltime Dan Snyder Free Agent Team

    QB – Jeff George
    WR- DeSean Jackson
    WR – Antwaan Randel El
    WR – Terrell Pryor
    TE – Vernon Davis
    OL – Casey Rabach
    DL – Bruce Smith
    DL – Albert Haynseworth
    DL – Dana Stubblefield
    DL – Andre Carter
    LB – London Fletcher
    LB – Jeremiah Trotter
    LB Mike Barrow
    CB – Deion Sanders
    CB – Josh Norman
    CB – Deangelo Hall
    SS – Adam Archuleta
    FS Mark Carrier

    The definition of NFL insanity is to continue to spend big money on Free agents every season and expecting a different result.

    Throw in some horrible drafts and you’ll understand why the Redskins haven’t sniffed at a championship game in 25 years.

    Support the team, not the owner.

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