Josh Norman: Ref ‘Sucked,’ ‘I Feel Like He Should Be Reprimanded’

Bryan Brandom
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The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals traveled all the way to London for nothing.

Or at least to honor Europe's love affair with enduring an entire contest without declaring a winner.

For the second week in a row, two teams combined to blow a handful of potential game-winning kicks as the Redskins and Bengals tied in their Week 8 matchup, 27-27.

One person who's not happy about the waste of a trip: Washington cornerback Josh Norman.

But can you blame him? No one likes getting torched for 121 yards by A.J. Green. While the Bengals' star wideout had a nice statistical day, it would have been even bigger if not for inaccuracy on the part of quarterback Andy Dalton and a series of penalties committed by Norman, who was matched up with Green all day except for when the receiver lined up in the slot.

Norman was flagged five times, four of them for illegal hands to the face.

The fifth was a blatant pass interference on a deep ball to Green, who went ahead and made the catch anyway.

After the contest, Norman voiced his frustatrations with the officials, singling out one in particular.

“Who is 88?” Norman said, referring to official Brad Freeman. “I just got to know. Who is official 88? He sucked. Just got to be honest with you. I’m going to be straightforward. He was terrible and I feel like he should be reprimanded. I feel like some of the plays that was going on out there … it was terrible.”

He continued: "I am baffled by it. To the point where all my teammates are feeling like that, I speak on it. It is what it is. I feel like they really need to sit down and look at that.

“Come on man, everybody is watching. This is how I feel and how the team feels. I am speaking on their behalf here and now. The (officials) reprimand us, where is the reprimand for them?”

According to Pro Football Focus, Green made five catches for 76 yards with Norman matched up on him.

While he certainly didn't seem ready to accept any responsibility for the loss, Norman said that anyone blaming the loss on kicker Dustin Hopkins—who missed a 34-yard field goal with just over two minutes remaining in overtime—sucks like Freeman does.

“If you want to throw out trash for missing those field goals, I think you suck,” Norman said. “To put this game on him terrible, I just want you to know that. It is not one guy. We all try to do our best in our individual game. Things fall down or come up short, just make an extra play.”