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Josh Norman tips cap to Panthers — but wishes he could've done more

Josh Norman tips cap to Panthers — but wishes he could've done more

In the week leading up to his highly anticipated meeting with the Panthers — the team that unexpectedly dropped him roughly eight months ago — Josh Norman mostly dodged and evaded questions meant to get a rise out of him like he was a kick returner, not a cornerback. 

And following the Redskins' letdown against Norman's ex-employer on Monday night, in which the hosts lost 26-15 in a game they truly needed, the defender again took that same path. There were no short, one-word answers, and there were no long, incendiary quotes that the people on Twitter were surely yearning for. 

There was just respect. Respect delivered in a solemn, slightly dejected tone, sure, but respect nonetheless.

"First and foremost, it was a hard-fought game," Norman told the massive horde of reporters surrounding his locker, one that likely would've waited until Wednesday to hear him talk if he wanted draw things out that long. "They beat us. You have to credit them. They came out and did what they had to do... You just have to tip your hats off to them."

Much like he did with the media, No. 24 kept a relatively low profile on the field during the matchup as well. Some were wondering how well he'd be able to contain his emotions while searching for revenge on a national stage, but aside from his typical post-whistle actions, Norman never really got chippy with any of his former teammates. 

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As for his performance, he played soundly, but was never really challenged by Cam Newton. He allowed a few first down completions early on, but also nearly snagged an interception on a long double move in which he showed good discipline. For the rest of the 60 minutes, though — 60 minutes that he wanted to be the star of — he was uninvolved while all facets of the Burgundy and Gold floundered. 

Overall, he came across as unsatisfied with the lack of action that came his way on the night. 

"I wanted him to, that's what I was talking to him about out on the football field," Norman said when asked if he wish Newton would've tested him more. "That's why we was jawing at each other. He threw that long ball to Teddy [Ginn], I came down with it, it popped up from me — after that, I didn't see no more of him all night. I think [offensive coordinator Mike] Shula got in his ear. I wish he didn't."

In the end, while he said all the right things, there's no doubt missing out on the victory disappointed Norman. There are competitors, and then there are competitors; he absolutely falls in the latter category. 

However, there's no time to lament the result, and he knows that. After all, there's another contest to play in Chicago and a finale after that against New York, both of which carry playoff implications for the Redskins, who now stand on the outside of the postseason yet again. 

Vengeance or not, it's time to move on.

"We have to go back and look at what we did wrong and our mistakes," he said. "We’ll go at it for this two-game series. We just have two games left and we have to come out here and finish the job."

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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