'I root for him': DHall proud of Josh Norman's play vs the Panthers

Josh Luckenbaugh
October 15, 2018 - 9:27 am

Josh Norman didn't necessarily silence all his critics on Sunday, but the Redskins cornerback certainly made amends for his terrible performance against the Saints, intercepting a pass and forcing a fumble in the win over Carolina. 

One of those critics, former Redskin DeAngelo Hall, was impressed by what he saw from Norman. 

"Just causing disruption. Causing disruption like he always does," Hall told The Junkies Monday. "He was in on a couple tackles, he punched that ball out in typical Josh Norman fashion. He got that defense energetic and hype to make plays."

Hall had come on The Junkies last Tuesday after the Saints loss and said Norman was "in love with being a celebrity right now and not necessarily being a football player." 

Norman responded to the comment on Wednesday, telling reporters, "I have went Hollywood. I've been Hollywood. Ever since I came out my mama's womb I've been Hollywood."

Hall then defended his previous statement during an appearance on Chad Dukes vs. The World Thursday, saying: "You really weren't born Hollywood."

This all preceded what happened against the Panthers Sunday, when Norman made several key plays to help the Redskins beat his former team.

After the game, The Fan's Craig Hoffman reported Norman had called a defensive backs-only meeting Tuesday following the New Orleans loss, a meeting which helped the secondary bond as a unit and apparently changed the perception of Norman within the Redskins locker room. 

Norman and Hall appeared together on NBC Sports Washington's postgame show after the Panthers win, which Hall said allowed them to clear the air. 

"It was great," Hall, who said he considers Norman a friend, told The Junkies. "We were able to address a couple things in that sitdown, and we ultimately cleared the air. I think a lot of people felt like it looked a little awkward when we first sat down, but by the end of the conversation it was all hugs."

"I root for him as well as a bunch of other guys in that locker room, and like I told him, 'I want to see you shine. I want to see this team and this defense shine. And y'all keep playing the way you played yesterday, and we'll all be very proud of the outcome.'"

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