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Following tenuous week, DeAngelo Hall and Josh Norman are 'friends again'

Following tenuous week, DeAngelo Hall and Josh Norman are 'friends again'

Josh Norman had a whirlwind of a week following the Redskins' embarrassing 43-19 loss to the Saints in New Orleans Monday night.

After an embarrassing first half in New Orleans, Norman was benched and former Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall did not shy away from criticizing his former teammate on his attitude.

On Sunday, Norman showed he can take the criticism and showed up in the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. Norman forced a fumble and got an interception against his former team.

Following the win, Hall, who is a member of NBC Sports Washington's Redskins coverage, was asked what he thought of Norman's performance in the Week 6 victory.

I’m extremely proud of him and this whole defense. We wanted to see those guys come back after a bad game in New Orleans and show everybody what they could do. And they did that. The front was devastating …they got pressure on Cam Newton, they never let him be comfortable.

They stopped the run, which we didn’t know how they would fare. And Josh made plays. At the end of the day as a DB in this league, you’re going to give up plays. But you ultimately want to make plays. And Josh made plays. And for that, kudos young fellow." -DeAngelo Hall on Josh Norman

When asked if D-Hall and Norman were friends again, Hall said "I guess we friends again. We were never not friends."

Josh Norman then joined the crew on set alongside D-Hall. When asked how this week was different from last week for him, he had one simple answer: Preparation.

On set, D-Hall and Norman hashed out their differences from last week. Hall said "If I need to be the bad guy to get that kind of performance out of you every Sunday, bro, I will be the bad guy."

"It's all a part of the job description," Norman said. "And like I said, I respect the hell out of you man. It's all eleven guys. It's not one guy."

"Nothing that I've ever said has been malicious. It has been strictly to see you shine," Hall said.

Going forward, the two talked about the consistency the Redskins defense needs to bring, especially heading into next week's game vs. Dallas.

And as Norman cracked a smile and looked back at Hall, fans began looking toward next week. "WE WANT DALLAS."


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In first race after losing his son, Joe Gibbs Racing sweeps Daytona

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In first race after losing his son, Joe Gibbs Racing sweeps Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second time in four years, leading a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing.

The victory Sunday honored J.D. Gibbs, who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs co-founded the race team with his father and discovered Hamlin.

Hamlin drives the No. 11-- J.D. Gibbs' number when he played football -- and his name is on the Toyota. Hamlin said when he arrived at Daytona International Speedway that both the 500 and this season were dedicated to J.D. Gibbs.

Kyle Busch finished second and Erik Jones was third as the Gibbs drivers held off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano's frantic push in overtime.

The race was stopped twice for nearly 40 minutes for a flurry of late accidents -- there were five wrecks in the final 20 laps of regulation -- and only 14 cars finished on the lead lap.

Logano was fourth, followed by Michael McDowell. Ty Dillon was sixth in the highest-finishing Chevrolet.

Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. When he won the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory came in his first race with Chris Gabehart.



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Report says Redskins were chasing after Joe Flacco before he landed in Denver

Report says Redskins were chasing after Joe Flacco before he landed in Denver

Baltimore traded quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver last week, and things might have moved quicker between the Ravens and the Broncos because another team had interest.

That team? The Washington Redskins. 

That's the story presented by a pair of Denver radio hosts last week. 

There are a few important things to note.

Redskins team president Bruce Allen handles trades for the team, and it's possible he reached out to Baltimore on Flacco. That could mean just one perfunctory phone call, or a real conversation. 

The reality, however, is the Redskins don't have close to the cap space needed to add Flacco.

In 2019, Flacco's contract will count more than $26 million toward the salary cap. The Redskins are only $17 million under the cap. Just on the most basic level, acquiring Flacco wouldn't have worked. 

Can teams move salary around or cut players to add room? Sure. But keep in mind, Washington already owes QB Alex Smith more than $20 million this season even though he's unexpected to play. Between Flacco, Smith and Colt McCoy's $4 million salary, that would have been about $50 million in quarterback salary on the Redskins roster this season.

That's preposterous. 

If you want to believe the Redskins were seriously looking into the trade, there are some loose ends. When the team acquired Alex Smith last season, the number one reason provided was that Smith wins games. Well, the same can be said about Flacco. 

A 34-year-old quarterback with a Super Bowl ring and a long track record of impressive playoff performances, Flacco has a career 96-67 regular season record and a 10-5 record in the playoffs. 

There's also this: Reports show Denver sent a fourth-round pick to Baltimore to get Flacco.

The Redskins don't have a fourth-round pick this year after acquiring Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in mid-season. Is it possible the 'Skins talked about a fifth-round pick for Flacco, especially because the team holds two selections in the fifth round? In turn, maybe Denver offered a fourth to beat the Redskins offer? Sure, it's possible.

But again, adding Flacco's contract to the Redskins salary cap situation would be insane. In the end, follow the money.