Josh Norman is not known for being bashful.
The former Carolina Panthers cornerback, who’s now with the Washington Redskins, was the subject of a lengthy ESPN profile, and he said a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff.
One of the subjects Norman hit on was Carolina’s Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Norman was matched up against Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for most of the game. Here’s what he told ESPN about that experience:
“I don’t know what he was out there for,” Norman says. “He was supposed to be an all-world guy, and I shut him down.”
Norman did do a nice job on Thomas in the game, limiting him to one catch and 8 yards receiving on six targets.
But it’s worth pointing out:
A) Norman’s pass interference penalty on Thomas in the fourth quarter. The penalty occurred on third-and-goal, and gave Denver a fresh set of downs. Broncos running back C.J. Anderson scored on the very next play to put Denver ahead 24-10.
B) Thomas was playing with Peyton Manning, but not really. Manning fell off a cliff last season, his last in the NFL. Denver won the Super Bowl by running the ball and relying on its terrifying defense.
Thomas must have heard about Norman’s comments Tuesday because he posted this on social media:
The Broncos and Redskins don’t play each other this season, so we won’t get to see Thomas vs. Norman unless it’s in the Super Bowl (unlikely). What a shame.