Josh Norman came back from the Redskins’ break after their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Cowboys saying that the defense needs to have a renewed focus as the team moves into the stretch run.
“Be aggressive and attack,” he said when asked what he wanted to see from the defense the rest of the way. “Aggressive and attack, nothing more, nothing less.”
Has that not been the case all year?
“Sometimes in games, sometimes in certain games, we haven't,” he said. “We've got to continue to turn it on.”
The Redskins currently are 25th in the NFL in total defense and 18th in points allowed. They will have to be more aggressive on defense if they are going to make the playoffs and make any noise if they get there.
Norman was the target of some verbal barbs thrown by Cowboys receiver Dez Bryan after their game last Thursday. He didn’t want to comment on that.
“Nothing . . . It was a game. We lost, they won,” he said when asked about it.
Nor did he want to talk about Twitter barbs thrown at him by cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals, the Redskins’ upcoming opponent.
“Can't get into it, man,” he said. “Everybody wants to go against me for some reason. At the end of the day, that was then, this is now.”
“I really don't care, man. I don't,” he said. “To this day because, what I've done, they try, but it really don't matter to me. I just go out there and try and be that attack guy. At the end of the day I can't control nobody. Can only control what we do.”
“Trolls and clowns, trolls and clowns. When you're at the top everybody's gunning for you."
It does seem like Norman has had enough of the sideshows but he tends to be a magnet for it all. The Redskins hope he can just focus between the white lines and let all of the verbal stuff go.
"Trolls and clowns. Trolls and clowns. When you're at the top everybody's gunning for you" pic.twitter.com/unpGBYra8e— ig: JPFinlayNBCS (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2016