The Washington cornerback said he will continue to play aggressively despite drawing five penalties in the last game.
Josh Norman still hasn’t forgotten about his five penalties against the Cincinnati Bengals. Neither has the NFL. The Washington Redskins cornerback found out on Sunday that he was fined $25,000 for criticizing side judge Brad Freeman following the tie.
When asked on Monday if Norman would change his style of play, he scoffed at the idea.
“What am I going to change?” Norman said. “My aggressiveness? My [beast mode] while I’m out there? For what? No. It’s what we do. We’ve been doing this since Day One. Why is it going to change now? Because it’s aggressive? Hands to the face, so? I’m going to come back, and I’m going to be aggressive in the same way the next time and the time after that. But you’re going to have to actually physically run through me to beat me. It’s what’s going to have to happen, or else I’m going to run through you. That’s how I play my style of football. Shoot, I enjoy the refs. They love me.”
Norman was flagged four times for illegal use of hands — hands to the face –penalties and once for defensive pass interference, which was declined. He still didn’t agree with the calls that were made, but Norman was even more upset that he dropped potential touchdowns while defending Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who finished with seven catches for 97 yards with Norman in coverage.
Norman had the opportunity to score on two of his dropped interceptions. The drops may be a byproduct of his lingering right wrist/hand injury that hasn’t fully recovered. He re-aggravated the injury during the game, which impacted his poor tackling in the second half once the Bengals incorporated some quick passes to Green.
“Oh my gosh, it was ugly to watch,” Norman said. “It really was because, gosh man, I’ve been thinking about it all week. I still am thinking about it. Trying to make up for that I think is big coming out, because the chances are right there in your face, and you’ve got to cash in on your opportunities no matter what it is. I’m not going to make any excuses about my hand or anything like that.”
The latest financial hit brings Norman’s total up to $82,735 in fines this season through his first eight games with the Redskins. Norman, who signed a five-year deal worth $75 million in the offseason, said he’s ready to move on from the Week 8 matchup and focus on Washington’s upcoming opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.
“I guess a good charity will enjoy me,” Norman said.