New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been torching the Washington secondary on and off the field. His success against highly paid cornerback Josh Norman resulted in Norman getting benched in the blowout loss Monday night. Some after-the-whistle tapping and nudging and flexing from Thomas earned ire from a Washington defensive backfield that allowed 363 receiving yards to Thomas and the Saints.
Norman and his teammates were hurt by Thomas’ pettiness after the play, offering few words in postgame conversations with media. Norman was exasperated:
“That guy — to speak on him, I will not waste my breath. I’m sorry. I will not. He’s not worthy of it. He never will be worthy of it.”
It’s really odd that these guys are talking about Thomas as if he’s a serial killer when the most offensive gestures he made were some taps on helmets and dancing on the sidelines. Safety D.J. Swearinger was convinced that Thomas’s theatrics were worth investigation by the league:
“[Thomas] is just a clown — just clowning. Just doing little petty stuff after the play. Petty stuff after the play the referees would call if this wasn’t history night for Drew Brees. But we had to fight against the refs and all that, too.”
Quinton Dunbar, a Washington cornerback, chimed in:
“He was just doing little slick [expletive] after the plays, tapping you and doing little crazy stuff after the play trying to get you going. Pushing, hitting, talking — doing all that.
“I don’t take disrespect well. For you to keep hitting another man and going back to the huddle, who does that? Not hitting after the whistle, but tapping you as he’s going back to the huddle. Just little corny stuff.”
Different angles from coach’s film will tell a more complete story, but it looks like Norman was rattled and allowed rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith to catch the record-setting touchdown pass for 62 yards by biting on a 1-yard route into the flat by Alvin Kamara.
Maybe they should have guarded Thomas better if they didn’t want him acting up after the play. The discourse continued on Twitter after the game, with Norman making more claims and then deleting them. Thomas ended it succinctly by reminding Norman of how his night ended:
Overall this is a really ugly look for a defense that got exposed on national television. They’ll have to hope for better luck next time.
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