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Josh Norman calls Eric Reid's comments on Malcolm Jenkins, Players Coalition a 'slap in the face'

Josh Norman calls Eric Reid's comments on Malcolm Jenkins, Players Coalition a 'slap in the face'

Josh Norman made a series of strong comments Thursday regarding Panthers safety Eric Reid and the Players Coalition.

The comments come after Reid had a slew of disparaging remarks towards Malcolm Jenkins and the Players Coalition last Sunday. As a member of the coalition, Norman felt the need to respond.

"To hear Eric come out and do what he did, it’s almost like, wow, that was a slap in the face because Malcolm has been nothing but stand up in the Players Coalition," Norman said Thursday. "Nothing but stand up, and everyone knows that." 

The Players Coalition is a group of NFL players working towards criminal justice reform in coordination with financial support from the NFL. Reid, and more famously Colin Kaepernick, are not a part of the Coalition. 

Norman and Reid have a history of disagreeing over the direction and leadership with the Players Coalition. In a Feburary story from The Undefeated, Norman reportedly offered to buy Reid a plane ticket so the two could have a face-to-face discussion to settle their differences. Norman explained that Reid did not attend a meeting to discuss the Players Coalition's direction, and opted not to return multiple phone calls this week either.

Now, Norman wanted to defend Jenkins after Reid took personal shots at the Eagles safety and the Coalition.

"We're all trying to go in the direction of helping people. That is the main objective here. It’s not who gets this award, it’s not a parade here," Norman said. 

The Redskins cornerback made clear that he supports Reid and Kaepernick moving their own direction and fighting opression as they see fit. But Norman will not tolerate that happening at the expense of the good work being done by the Player's Coalition. 

"I got facts to where guys are doing things in the Players Coalition that are making changes, true changes," he said. 

Reid had the chance to confront Norman on the field a few weeks back when the Panthers played the Redskins. Norman said that didn't happen. 

Norman also explained that the Players Coalition is doing real work every week around the country, and his personal efforts are well documented, including a humanitarian trip to the U.S./Mexico border in June. 

"You get a call, you’re going to show up at awards shows and stuff? Come on man. But you don’t want to come out and help what we’re trying to do at the Players Coalition? I don’t know, you tell me if that’s not somebody’s agenda. I just don’t get it."

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. He's won six Super Bowl titles and made the playoffs every year in the last decade. Other coaches were great - Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs among a few - but nobody is Belichick. 

That's what makes a recent report out of Boston so near impossible to believe. 

Belichick checked in on coaching in Washington? The Redskins? 

Those are valid points, I guess. Belichick spent much of his young life in Annapolis and has great affinity for that area. He's talked about that openly. 

The timeline also makes some sense. Many reports out of New England in 2017 showed a power struggle between Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft about what to do with legendary quarterback Tom Brady as then backup Patriots QB Jimmy Garropolo got closer to free agency. New England wouldn't be able to keep both, and there has been speculation that Belichick wanted to keep the younger passer. 

Eventually, Garropolo got traded to the 49ers, for a surprisingly low return, and New England went to two more Super Bowls, winning last year. 

This year, however, marked the first real time the Patriots looked mortal. Brady's completion percentage dipped to 60.8 percent, his lowest since 2013, and he threw fewer passing yards than any 16-game season since 2010. Now, Brady is a free agent and for the first time ever the possibility of playing somewhere else seems real, even if only somewhat realistic.

Still, Belichick coaching the Redskins seems like the longest of shots. Checking on a job - looking at financial considerations or asking about parameters - and actually taking a job can be two very different things. 

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3 critical takeaways from Jack Del Rio's first media session as Redskins defensive coordinator

3 critical takeaways from Jack Del Rio's first media session as Redskins defensive coordinator

Jack Del Rio spoke to the Washington media on Wednesday, his first public session with reporters since being named Redskins defensive coordinator on Jan. 2.

While the conference call came more than two weeks after the team's announcement, it was certainly worth the wait.

Here are the three most critical takeaways from what Del Rio discussed.

1) He has no interest in discussing potential

At one point in the call, Del Rio was given the chance to set expectations for his group and explain what kind of potential he sees. It was the kind of question he could've easily answered, using glowing adjectives and praising many players.

But he didn't go that route. In fact, he went the opposite direction of that route

"It’s interesting to me that so much is made this time of year with thoughts on potential," Del Rio said. "Potential really doesn’t matter. It doesn’t really amount to much. To me, it’s more about what we can get done and the work that we’re willing to put in and the idea that, ‘Look, we’re going to become a respected unit, OK?’"

That might've been the most compelling response from the longtime coach, and it's a mindset that people like Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Landon Collins will surely appreciate.  

2) Teaching matters quite a bit to him

During one explanation, Del Rio brought up current Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard. Why? To illustrate how someone can grow and improve with the proper coaching.

Woodyard was with the Broncos when Del Rio took over as defensive coordinator, and according to Del Rio, people told him not to worry too much about the linebacker. Woodyard was merely a special teamer who "wasn't going to amount to much."

Del Rio dismissed that advice, instead focusing on bettering Woodyard's fundamentals, which in turn would help his confidence spike. That former Denver special teamer was recently on the field for Tennessee's playoff win in Baltimore and is now one victory away from a Super Bowl.

That's just one example that sticks out to Del Rio and proves how necessary it is to assist in the continuous enhancement of a pro's skills.

"For us, we are going to look to teach and develop," he said. "To me, we have players here that are maybe considered in a specific light and they will have the chance to change that."

3) He absolutely wants Ron Rivera's input

Del Rio and Rivera are both former NFL linebackers who seem to share a lot of the same ideologies about what they want in a scheme and in their guys. For that reason, he is more than willing to get input from Rivera on the 2020 defense's plan.

"It’s an inclusive process," Del Rio said. "[Rivera] wanted to be sure that I knew, ‘Hey look, you’re going to call it. It’s your defense’. I said, ‘Hey coach, I’d love to have you in there any time you have to be in there with us.’ It’s our staff. We’re going to work together. The first thing I said to the defensive staff at our very first meeting, ‘This is not me. It’s not about what I want. It’s about what we are, what we’re going to become.’"

Between Del Rio and Rivera, the franchise now has two leaders who each can point to plenty of past successes in building defenses. The thought of that pair working together and applying what they know in Washington should have fans feeling very pleased.

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