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LANDOVER, Md. – After a smothering defensive performance in a 27-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman ripped into the players he had just shut down: wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper.
Singling out Crabtree, Norman said that some of the Raiders wideouts came over and delivered some trash talk during pregame warmups by promising to put up 200 yards on him.
“What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?” Norman said after the game. “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.”
Norman and fellow cornerback Bashaud Breeland were instrumental in a dominant performance from Washington’s defense. Cooper and Crabtree were held to two combined catches for only 13 yards.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had just 118 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on 19-of-31 passing.
This isn’t Crabtree’s first spat with a high-profile cornerback. He famously feuded with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, after which Sherman was critical of Crabtree’s skill set.
“So 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…