Ever since Josh Norman signed in Washington, I’ve been looking forward to him meeting up with Odell Beckham twice a season. And after checking out his act in ESPN The Magazine, I’m even more interested than I was before.
Because dude is GOING IN! He hasn’t played a single regular season down for the Redskins but he’s already running his mouth. And it’s a glorious thing.
For example, he says, when he started to emerge as a star in Carolina last year, the Panthers tried to stifle that: “They kind of shunned me…They turned down a lot of stuff for me, interviews, sponsorship deals, stuff I didn’t even know about. They wanted it to be about the two main guys, Cam [Newton] and Luke [Kuechly].”
Normally, I’d say it’s time to move on, but I don’t want to move on. I love it. That was a brutal breakup and most guys in his situation would say that it’s in the past and they don’t want to talk about it. It seems like Norman, on the other hand, can’t wait to talk about it.
The worst take of the offseason was Beckham telling GQ that “The reason [Norman]’s become so relevant is because of me.” That was just plain dumb. And wrong.
And you know Norman wasn’t going to take that. Norman doesn’t believe that battle last December made him, he believes it exposed Beckham: “Everybody saw what he was. People from around the league were coming up to me afterward and saying, ‘He does that crap all the time.’ He lost so much respect from people for that little tantrum. I’ve already got a couple people telling me, ‘OK, I’ve got a hit out on him.’ It’s going to be rough for him this year. And he brought it on himself.”
Again, if what he’s saying is true and the Panthers tried to muzzle him, it’s too bad; who knows how much more of this we would have gotten.
But that’s not the only guy in the NFC East who’s on Norman’s hit list. He took a moment to dump a bucket of acid on Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford as well: “Have you ever once been one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league? Not that I remember — and you want more money? I can’t wait to play him twice a year.”
And the rest of us can’t wait to see it. Only I doubt you’ll see him twice this year, since there’s a good chance Sam will be injured for at least one of the games. And probably both.
Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas, who had one catch for 8 yards on six targets in the Super Bowl:, largely because of the job Norman did on him. HAVE SOME! “I don’t know what he was out there for. He was supposed to be an all-world guy, and I shut him down.”
In response, DT tweeted out a pic of his ring finger with the massive Super Bowl ring with the caption: Where yours at young fella?? Translation: SCOREBOARD. LOOK UP AT IT. That normally ends every conversation. That’s the type of thing that should even shut up a guy like Norman. But it won’t. In fact, it didn’t. He just moved on to his next tackling dummy. The commissioner, Roger Goodell. Quote…: “I get that he makes the owners money, but literally anyone could do that. A dog could. He’s a dog in a suit. … Horrible. He’s straight horrible.”
Dog in a suit smack? That’s incredible. He’s horrible. Straight Horrible. That’s straight awesome.
And then when wsked if he’s the best cornerback in the league, you think you’re going to get the most obvious response ever, but Norman even stuns in that regard, quote: “Nah, man…I’m the best cornerback on Earth.” On Earth??!
Carolina jamming him and not re-signing him is the best thing that could have ever happened to this guy. And more importantly, one of the best things that have ever happened to the rest of us.
Don’t change, young fella. Don’t ever change.