The Oakland Raiders' offense is usually one of the most effective in the National Football League (NFL), but this past Sunday they were virtually locked down by the Washington Redskins fronted by pro bowl cornerback Josh Norman.
The Skins' defense held a talent-stacked Raiders offense featuring stars such as Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Marshawn Lynch to a total of 128 total yards. They were 0-for-11 on third down and averaged a terrible 2.7 yards per play on offense. Lynch was given virtually no room to get the running game going, Carr was banged up by the Redskins' defensive front sacking him four times, and even forced to promising young quarterback to throw two interceptions.
Usually the dynamic receiving duo of Cooper and Crabtree are able to put up some big numbers through the air, however, on Sunday the Redskins' secondary held them to only 13 total yards. This was a bit of poetic justice for star cornerback Josh Norman, who played a huge role in containing the pair throughout the game.
Prior to the game the Raiders receivers vowed to dominate the secondary for over 200 yards. Norman brought up these comments and absolutely went off on Cooper and Crabtree, unleashing a barrage of harsh words towards the duo you can check out here (quotes via NFL.com):
"What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?" Norman said, via ESPN.com. "I mean, first and foremost, you don't come up in here and say what you're going to put up on somebody.
"Two hundred yards? [Crabtree] didn't catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you're a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I'm telling you, we are here and we are waiting.
"Don't come out here and tell me what you're going to do. Show me. You're going to have to run through me to get that.
"Whatever that young cat said, Coop, go and take it back," Norman said. "Crabtree? I have nothing to say to you. Yes, I may be Cover 2, but I'm Cover 1 too. I'm Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4.
"All of them. All of the ingredients to make a perfect attack. We do all the extra stuff. When you come out on this field, you going to see about us."
"Sherm was right. [Crabtree] ain't going to say he's sorry, but I don't think he's sorry," Norman said. "He sucked, to be honest with you. You don't come out here and do that extra stuff, man. We don't play that out here."
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