Josh Norman, the Washington Redskins star, is quickly becoming public enemy No.1 for the New York Giants and the football-loving people of New York.
Last year, when Norman was part of the Carolina Panthers, the All-Pro cornerback had an ugly altercation with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
In the aftermath of that incident, Norman was flagged for three penalties and suspended for one game. The situation got so out of control that Norman wrestled Beckham to the ground despite getting flagged for more penalties.
On Monday, Norman and his new team squared off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who came away with a comfortable 38-16 victory.
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After the game, the Giants, who won their season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys, took several pot shots at Norman. But it wasn’t Beckham Jr. who did the talking but rather WR Victor Cruz.
According to Cruz, Norman considers himself “the best corner in the league” but didn’t play like one as Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown dominated Monday’s game with 8 receptions for 126 yards, besides two touchdowns.
“Especially if he (Norman) calls himself — I don’t call him this, he calls himself the best corner in the league — then you have to go cover the best receivers on the other team.
“Going in, I thought he was going to follow AB all over the place, but he didn’t. So it is what it is. He made his choice,” added Cruz.
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Norman, however, proceeded to indirectly blame Redskins coach Jay Gruden, suggesting that he was merely focusing on assignments given to him even as Brown dominated his team.
“I’m doing what I’m asked to do and doing it to the best of my abilities, trying to be a cerebral assassin on details and assignments which my coaches ask me to do,” Norman, who made his first Pro-Bowl game in 2015, told reporters on Wednesday.
“Trying to be a technician of the game. Anything I can do, I’m all for it. Whether I travel or not travel to one side, left side, who really cares? Just get the job done. Whoever gets the job done so be it.
“All this talk about this guy matchups up this guy, who really frickin cares? Come out with a W and win the game. That’s hogwash. That’s what people talk about. Of course we want to go up against each other because our competitive egos are through the roof. It’s one of those things that comes with the territory.”
Mark your calendars for September 25 (Sunday) when the Giants and Josh Norman renew their rivalry.