Bills don’t think Washington used Josh Norman properly

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Washington couldn’t wait to get rid of Josh Norman, even after hiring his old coach.

But another of his old bosses was all too happy to bring him in, and hopes he can return to his old form.

During a conference call Thursday, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane believes they can bring out the best in the veteran cornerback.

“We didn’t think the system Josh Norman played in Washington played to his strengths,” Beane said, via Matthew Paras of the Washington Times. “He’ll bring an edge to our defense and I think he’s got something to prove.”

As the team has done so often in the past, Washington collected a shiny thing when they signed Norman to a five-year, $75 million deal in 2016. But he was benched last season, and eventually released, and the Bills signed the 32-year-old to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million with incentives.

Considering he earned that money with All-Pro-level play for then-defensive coordinator Sean McDermott in Carolina, there’s clearly a comfort factor there.

“We think he fits our scheme well,” Beane said. “Knowing Josh, I don’t think he liked the way things went there this past season. He’s a great young man, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. . . . Obviously he’s got to go out and prove that he can still play at a level that we would deem acceptable.”

Playing opposite Tre'Davious White, he’ll certainly have an opportunity to make plays, now that he’s back in a system he’s proven he can play in.

21 responses to “Bills don’t think Washington used Josh Norman properly

  1. As long as your defensive scheme is Josh not having any responsibilities, then you are correct he will do just fine.

  2. This is why coaches get fired. They talk about how their coaching is better than everyone else, and then when it doesn’t happen, they make another excuse, and the owner gets tired of it.

  3. Whoever thought Norman was a man to man cover corner shouldnt be in the league. Josh will do just fine with the bills

  4. I guess without Brady to worry about the Bills feel they can fill their secondary with garbage.

  5. Norman was the classic one year wonder who got his big payday and lost his fire. Watch just about any game in a skins jersey to see that demonstrated clearly. From the day he got paid it was a steep decline.

  6. Our GM has no idea what he’s doing, we might as well move.

  7. charliecharger says:
    April 3, 2020 at 8:44 am
    This is why coaches get fired. They talk about how their coaching is better than everyone else, and then when it doesn’t happen, they make another excuse, and the owner gets tired of it.
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    Putting Norman into a comfortable position where he’s had success is common sense. He struggled in man(Redskins D) and the Bills play a ton of zone. McDermott is gambling on the situation and not his coaching prowess.

  8. The Bills are 100% correct. Norman is a pure zone corner who is most suited to a cover-2. He’s fantastic in the under zones–and that’s how Carolina used him. The Redskins defensive coaches were simply awful while Norman was in DC. There was no way Norman should ever have been used in man coverage without safety help over the top. But coaches in Washington did that time and again. Norman was set up to fail.

    Play cover-2 or something similar, let Norman get in the face of the receiver and take away anything underneath. He’ll do great in run support, get a few picks, and force a few fumbles. People forget how good he is at creating turnovers when used properly.

  9. Yes, an overrated, over-priced primadonna who only cares about money on 2 failed attempts on 2 different teams somehow “wasn’t used right”.

    Delusional.

    Two very expensive primadonnas were added. BB set to abuse each, regardless.

  10. Lol that’s an easy statement to make as the Redskins pretty much don’t use any player properly

  11. He’s fantastic in the under zones–and that’s how Carolina used him.

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    So, Rivera was the coach in Carolina when Norman played well. He runs a zone defense. He is also the coach in Washington now, so he will use that zone. He was one of the people who decided to let Norman go. If anyone knows Norman its Rivera

    I know the contract in Wash was big, but did they even offer him a chance to restructure? If not, you have to wonder about what he has left in the tank.

  12. McDermott’s scheme is what Norman thrived in in 2015. Bills are going to be very hard to throw against with White, Norman, Gaines, Poyer and Hyde.

  13. billzbubb says:
    April 3, 2020 at 9:54 am
    The Bills are 100% correct. Norman is a pure zone corner who is most suited to a cover-2. He’s fantastic in the under zones–and that’s how Carolina used him. The Redskins defensive coaches were simply awful while Norman was in DC. There was no way Norman should ever have been used in man coverage without safety help over the top. But coaches in Washington did that time and again. Norman was set up to fail.

    Play cover-2 or something similar, let Norman get in the face of the receiver and take away anything underneath. He’ll do great in run support, get a few picks, and force a few fumbles. People forget how good he is at creating turnovers when used properly.

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    You just said he’s only good for zone. Guess what QB and system shreds a known zone? NE’s.

    You people up there are such homers. It’s just sad, really. Why would you pay a guy that kind of money to only to play zone?

    LOL

    You had Gilmore and now he’s in SBs, earning DPOY honors in the process. Enjoy!

  14. If his strength include not covering anything/anyone or just telling WR’s how good he is, with attitude, then Bingo…they got the right guy for the job.

  15. tampabayblumpkineers1 says:
    April 3, 2020 at 11:06 am
    McDermott’s scheme is what Norman thrived in in 2015. Bills are going to be very hard to throw against with White, Norman, Gaines, Poyer and Hyde.

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    Yes, teams will be shaking in their boots. Carolina also had great LBs and a great DLine as opposed to Buffalo which has neither.

  16. The best coaches tailor their schemes to their players, they dont try to force players into spots they are not suited for. For years the Redskins played a 3-4 with man coverage, and it never worked with their personnel. Its almost impossible to find talented enough players around the league to play that way, there are not enough elite corners and hybrid LBs that can play those important roles. Still they stuck with it, even when they had top talent on the DL to play a 4-3. Norman just isnt fast or quick enough to play man coverage at a high level, but he is likely still better than most playing zone and in run support. Good signing by the Bills.

  17. A ton of people on this thread really think they can predict the future. Can’t wait to see how the season plays out. Will be fun to see random posters reminding the regular about their statements & bravado.

  18. billzbubb says:
    April 3, 2020 at 9:54 am
    The Bills are 100% correct. Norman is a pure zone corner who is most suited to a cover-2. He’s fantastic in the under zones–and that’s how Carolina used him. The Redskins defensive coaches were simply awful while Norman was in DC. There was no way Norman should ever have been used in man coverage without safety help over the top. But coaches in Washington did that time and again. Norman was set up to fail.

    Play cover-2 or something similar, let Norman get in the face of the receiver and take away anything underneath. He’ll do great in run support, get a few picks, and force a few fumbles. People forget how good he is at creating turnovers when used properly.
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    He’s going on 33 years old and hasn’t been good for roughly 5 years. I’m all for optimism on guys getting a change of scenery…but this just seems like homerism at its finest.

  19. tylaws something or other said:
    “Guess what QB and system shreds a known zone? NE’s.”

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    Guess what system doesn’t have the GOAT anymore, or a good tight end or much at wide receiver? NE’s. I think the zone defense will work very well against their new roster.

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