Josh Norman likes to talk. He likes to yap. That’s how it is with elite NFL cornerbacks.
But what happened this past Sunday between Norman and Odell Beckham Jr., well, that went a little further than Norman probably wanted. Beckham was called for three unnecessary roughness penalties and should have been ejected for what was clearly an intentional hit to Norman’s helmet.
But make no mistake: Norman was no innocent bystander.
“(With Norman), it’s not typically (as) physical (as it was Sunday),” Black & Blue Review Panthers reporter Bill Voth said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You could see right off the bat that these guys (were going at it). It was ludicrous from the first series, (even on) simple run plays. I think the refs did a really poor job of getting a handle on it. Beckham didn’t really settle down until he got a flag. Then it was pretty good after that in the first half and then they started up again in the third quarter. The refs let it get out of control. The coaches probably let it get out of control too much. Tom Coughlin probably should have pulled Beckham. Ron Rivera said he wasn’t going to pull Norman unless they pulled Beckham. So no, the physical stuff was not like Josh. The talking, yes.”
Beckham, who finished the day with six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in the 38-35 loss, has been suspended for one game for his antics. The Giants play the Vikings (9-5) in Minnesota this Sunday.
The Panthers, meanwhile, have been accused of showering Beckham with anti-gay slurs and expletives on Sunday. If that is true, various Panthers could be punished for their behavior.
“It depends who was miked up,” Voth said. “So if Josh Norman was miked up and he said these supposed things, well, then there could be some evidence. Right now, the Panthers are claiming none of it happened. So until there’s evidence that comes up, it’s kind of like when Cam Newton accused Ed Hochuli of saying, ‘You’re too young to get that call.’ Well, since there was no evidence that came out about it, there was nothing the NFL could do about it. If all of this is just stuff that’s being leaked via the Giants or Beckham’s camp, then all it is right now is that: It’s just accusations. But the NFL will look into (it to see) did any microphones pick anything up? If it did, we’ll see what happens. But until then, it’s all speculation.”
The Panthers (14-0) will go for 15-0 in Atlanta this weekend. The Falcons (7-7) have lost seven of nine but are coming off a 23-17 road win over Jacksonville.