- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ever since the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game, a game in which the Cowboys won 31-26, both Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant keep talking about one another.

On the field, the two jawed back and forth more than once. Following the game, Norman said that Bryant told him “where I’m from, we unload the clip” during one of their arguments. Since he said that, Bryant has tweeted a variety of tweets against Norman, even one where he claimed he would “expose” Norman’s inability to cover him throughout the week.

One former player-turned NFL analyst, Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, has had enough of the constant back and forth. Irvin wants to see the play do the talking for Bryant and Norman. He’s not only sick of the bickering, he’s tired of Norman seemingly getting into constant fights with everyone.

“I enjoy those battles,” Irvin said on NFL GameDay Morning Sunday. “But I enjoy within the game. Not just Josh, Dez is going to put out film where he shows he was beating Josh. They didn’t throw you the ball! I don’t want to see that. It doesn’t matter. Let’s be real here, all Dez should have said was ‘I won the game, man. We won the game, we’re 10-1 and we’re moving on.’ … But on the football field, let’s play football. I’ve been in great one-on-one battles, and there’s some great cornerbacks that are wearing gold jackets today. And I’ve never seen some of the stuff that I’ve seen.

“We don’t talk about this enough with Josh Norman. Watch the stuff that Josh Norman has done on the football field. But we spend so much time talking about Odell Beckham that we don’t talk about all the extra stuff. Picking people up, bodyslamming people, he did that both times in the battle against Odell Beckham. This time, he’s grabbing Dez’s foot, twisting his foot. It’s like ‘Come on man, play the game of football.’ You got talent, you want to be a shutdown corner, shut it down on the football field between the whistles. Don’t be doing all of that junk. Every week it’s something. One week Josh is arguing about the referee 88, now this week it’s Dez Bryant 88. I don’t know who it’s going to be … next week. Just play football.”

Irvin does have a fair point. Both players don’t have to stoop to that level (Bryant even admitted so himself on Twitter). Bryant is an established, elite wide receiver. Norman is one of the best, if not the best, corners in the game.

But here’s how ridiculous that feud has grown. Bryant, who did most of the talking, finished the game with five catches for 72 yards. Three of those catches came while Norman was covering Bryant. Bryant caught those three passes for just 32 yards. Bryant claimed that the Redskins should “get their money back” from Norman. In his career prior to the Redskins’ Norman acquisition, Bryant averaged 70.3 yards per game. He also caught seven touchdown passes. Since Norman has been a Redskin, Bryant has averaged 87 yards, but he hasn’t scored a touchdown.

However, just 32 of those yards have come while Norman was covering him. In fact, in three career games against Norman (two as a Redskin and one as a member of the Carolina Panthers), Bryant has recorded four catches for 38 yards and zero touchdowns against Norman.

What smack is there to talk about?

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