Josh Norman benched, then trolled by Michael Thomas

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Washington cornerback Josh Norman was benched during last night’s humiliating loss to the Saints.

Then it got worse.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas started trolling Norman on Twitter and wouldn’t stop, calling him “zone corner” and saying he planned to “bully” him the rest of his career.

Before the schoolyard taunts began, Norman was replaced in the second half by rookie Greg Stroman, who gave up a long touchdown. Norman re-entered the game after that series.

“We talked about some things at halftime,” Coach Jay Gruden said, via Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post. “Had to cool him down a little bit. Everything’s fine. It’ll be back to normal, and he’ll play the rest of the year.”

The high-priced corner was low-key about the decision.

“I leave everything up to the head coach,” Norman said. “Whatever Jay said, that’s what we’re going to go with. I don’t have anything else more to say on the issue.

“At the end of the day, yes, I’m a fiery competitor. Never want to come off. . . . But whatever the head coach says, I’m a go for it. That’s the chain of command. He’s in charge. . . . I respect the head man in charge.”

Washington seemed to have some communications issues, as a busted coverage left Norman playing the flat while Tre'Quan Smith ran wide open for a 62-yard touchdown (the one that gave Drew Brees the all-time passing yards record). Gruden referred to the coverage problems as “an absolute embarrassment.”

Of course, that might have been after the game, when Thomas started talking. After Thomas brought the subject up, Norman replied by pointing out Thomas didn’t have any catches on him, calling him a “blocking decoy.” Thomas fired back:

All in all, it was a rough night Washington in general, but Norman in particular.

52 responses to “Josh Norman benched, then trolled by Michael Thomas

  1. Between Alex Smith trying to get traded by throwing hospital balls all night and the benching of Norman, I expect this all to blow up in Snyders face this year.

  2. It’s wild how fast a top tier player can just fall off … Revis had to come to terms with it… and many others… Norman’s happened on MNF against a QB who was chasing history… I don’t like Norman but that’s gotta suck that the NFL world will always look at this game for Brees record and see him getting schooled all night!

  3. I can’t say as I am the biggest Josh Norman fan, but Michael Thomas is just being a donkey at this point. Norman had a rough game, and he is probably declining. Thomas ripping on a guy after the game on twitter is just classless. Thomas is a young stud, don’t get me wrong – but do that maybe after you play a young stud corner. Not an over 30 corner who was once pretty good. I have never understood rubbing it in after the fact, even if someone is talking smack to you all game long. Let your play do the talking.

  4. I knew from the jump norman wasn’t a shut down corner when Washington paid him all that money…serves em right!

  5. Thomas surely one of the top fiver receivers in nfl. He does himself no favors with his exposing Norman here, only makes himself look like the punk. Also, his agent needs to pull him aside and relate to him that in this era self-branding oneself as a “bully” doesn’t really line up the corporations who pay the $$ for the endorsements.

  6. What does he mean by #sis? Is he trying to use the female gender as a way to put down Norman? Where are the misogynist police when you need them?

  7. Slow up young buck. You see Cincy in a few weeks lets see you do Will Jackson like that and leave Cincy with a win. Like Kendrick said Be Humble Sit Down. lol

  8. Michael Thomas needs to come down. I am not a fan of either team but let’s be real here. The main reason why DB play in the NFL has declined is because the NFL has neutered defenses. When average to mediocre QBs can have a 300 yard game, that tells you all you need to know.

  9. Bruce Allen is the key problem with the redskins

    eagleswin says:
    October 9, 2018 at 6:37 am
    Between Alex Smith trying to get traded by throwing hospital balls all night and the benching of Norman, I expect this all to blow up in Snyders face this year.

  10. sceaglesfan says:
    October 9, 2018 at 6:25 am
    I only thought it was Peter Pan that never wanted to grow up

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    Lol, clever comment!! Kudos.

    I think though the difference here is between someone that never wants to grow up and grown men who fail to recognize that they haven’t.

  11. The Truth says:

    when youve got a big mouth you better be able to back it.
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    you would know the part about having a big mouth, it’s too bad you can never back it up.

  12. As a Saints fan…shut up Michael. Try to be more like Colston…play the game and keep your mouth shut.

  13. eagleswin says:
    October 9, 2018 at 6:37 am
    Between Alex Smith trying to get traded by throwing hospital balls all night and the benching of Norman, I expect this all to blow up in Snyders face this year.
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    Doesn’t stuff always end up blowing up when it comes to Snyder? What good has he done to that franchise since he bought it? Snyder got bamboozled on taking Alex Smith just like he did with Donovan Mcnabb. And by the same guy; Andy Reid!!

    Snyder and Jerry Jones are the two worse owners in the NFL. Bare none. And they prove it by the joke teams they put on the field every year.

    If your a redskins fan, I have to ask you..WHY??? Snyder is never going to allow a real coach to come in and make a real team. So why are you a fan??? Seriously??

  14. Alex Smith performance reminds me of the last time Andy Reid traded a QB to the Redskins, how can one get fooled twice or was it thrice ajfeeley to phins

  15. It’s so funny when fans tell players to be more like another player as if every player has been programmed in some sort of laboratory where docile competitors are made. Get a grip. Trash Talk comes with competition.

  16. bettis3636 says:
    October 9, 2018 at 6:38 am
    It’s wild how fast a top tier player can just fall off … Revis had to come to terms with it… and many others… Norman’s happened on MNF against a QB who was chasing history… I don’t like Norman but that’s gotta suck that the NFL world will always look at this game for Brees record and see him getting schooled all night!
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    Norman was never a top tier corner. He was just as Michael Thomas said. He’s a zone corner who got safety help against any WR with decent speed. Watch the games. He was only good on short routes. Now his mouth is writing checks his play cant cash.

  17. Every time I saw a defensive huddle for Washington last night, there were 10 guys together…and Norman at the edge of the screen. Does he think he’s that good that he doesn’t need to get the call?

    Booger was right last night when he said Norman isn’t the best corner on that team by a large margin.

    He played well for a long time, and talked a lot of trash during that time. Now he’s still talking trash but not playing anywhere near as well. I hope the DB coach points that out to him during meetings and he can adjust, but maybe he was leaving that much room for his ego?

  18. youngnoizecom says:October 9, 2018 at 10:48 am
    It’s so funny when fans tell players to be more like another player as if every player has been programmed in some sort of laboratory where docile competitors are made. Get a grip. Trash Talk comes with competition.
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    You ought to know that the main demographics of PFT are middle white males who are pretty conservative. Of course they don’t like it when young players trash talk or show emotion. Look at all the nasty comments when a player dares to celebrate. They just wish the players would merely hand the ball off to the ref like ol’ Barry Sanders did back in the day. They hate it when players show any emotion whatsoever in a very emotional sport even though fans are going berserk high fiving and screaming, music is blaring, and fireworks go off.

  19. In all honesty.. Thomas has been on lock down the past 2 weeks not topping 100yds and 0 TDs.. what did he do that was soooo great to get Norman benched?

  20. Norman talked trash about Thomas last year, and he continued after the game last night. In both games, Norman was smoked repeatedly and he still ran his mouth. MT took the high road last year, but went at Norman this time and you people cry about it. Get a grip.

  21. So he didn’t do anything against him but is going to punk him? Thomas is a clown. And that’s hard to be when in the same sentence as Norman. Let’s see what Thomas does once Brees goes down or retires.

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