Josh Norman has a message for Redskins fans.
The Pro Bowl cornerback slammed Washington’s home base after the Redskins notched their third win in four road contests at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“I feel like we play better on the road, I’m not going to lie,” Norman said after the 16-3 win. “Gosh, man. It just seems like the true fans … they really be with us on the road. We feed off of that.
“We go into the homestands and it’s like an open bubble. Like the other team’s turf or something. You hear more of them than you do us. Then if something bad happens, they suck. They sit back in their seat and they boo. I don’t know. This year, I’m starting to see that.”
The Redskins lost their home opener 21-9 to the Colts. They went on to win three straight at home, holding the Packers, Panthers and Cowboys each to 17 points.
Norman, who joined Washington in 2016 after four years with Carolina, knocked FedEx Field’s fan base.
“It’s kind of crazy because the first couple years I been here, you would see sellouts and see people all happy and excited and all for the Redskins,” Norman said. “Now, you go around to the whole NFC East teams, Philly, the Giants and even Dallas, they’re sold out. People in the seats, they’re cheering for their team regardless of good or bad or indifferent. They’re still showing up each and every week and going hard.
“Even the Giants, when they were 1-6, they had a sellout crowd. They were all in there packed, still.”
Not at Washington, Norman said.
The Redskins suffered a 38-14 loss to the Falcons last week. At Tampa on Sunday, the Redskins allowed Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw for 406 yards but forced four turnovers and held Tampa Bay to three points.
Next up: Washington hosts the Texans for a noon kickoff in Week 11.
Norman’s hopes aren’t high.
“We come back to our home and it seems like guys don’t really care,” Norman said. “They just boo everything and aren’t really behind us. We don’t really feel that (support). And I’m tired of it, really. (Shoot), we can play all the games on the road if you ask me.
“At the end of the day, the people who are going to be for you, the fans that really (have) your back, they’ll be there. The other ones, man, it is what it is. Can’t really speak on them. They’re going to talk about what they talk about anyway. They’re all keyboard warriors anyway.”
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