After the many scuffles between Panthers CB Josh Norman and Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. yesterday in the Meadowlands, a division rival of Norman’s wants to make his feelings known about Carolina’s star corner.
Falcons WR Roddy White doesn’t believe that Norman is among the NFL’s elite defensive backs, and that most of the success is due to the rest of Carolina’s defense in front of him.
“Their defense is good,” White told ESPN.com writer Vaughn McClure. “He ain’t over there just sitting there locking people up. They don’t play defense like that. That’s not how they play football.”
“I know tough guys in this league. DBs that I felt were tough? Darrelle [Revis], Champ [Bailey], Al Harris, [Aqib] Talib, Richard Sherman.” And White said he would never put Norman in that category of defensive backs.
“Hell no,” White said. “You must be trippin’, Of covering people? You’ve got to man up and go out there and get after people if you’re going to be that. You can’t sit back and play zone, dropping, playing Cover-2 for half the game and say you’re locking people up. Come on, man. Everybody knows that.”
White’s stats this season have taken quite a tumble. He currently has 37 catches for 429 yards and one TD, 43 receptions and 492 yards behind last year’s pace with the same number of games played.
As for whether Josh Norman’s trash talk got under his skin at all, White was defiant.
“That’s not really talking what he was doing. He was just yelling. Nobody really understands what he’s saying. Why? Because we don’t.”
Norman and the Panthers still have every right to trash talk the Falcons, a team they have beaten five out of the last six meetings. They’ve won the last two games by a combined score of 74-3, and have claimed the NFC South title for the third straight season.
Even if Roddy White is immune to Norman’s talk unlike Beckham was, it might be hard for him to stay composed if the Falcons playoff hopes go up in smoke in another Panther blowout.