I want to give Norman a shot to start, but this is not the week. The vast majority of Manuel's passes were short dinks. Tons of screens, throws in the flats, crossing routes, slants. Norman is notorious for refusing to play on his man, and giving a big cushion even when it's not called for by the playcall. I don't know why he does it, maybe he thinks it helps him make a play, but when the opponent's passing offense is based around the short ball, it just doesn't work. For reference watch the Bears game from last year when Cutler picked on our cushions about 8 times in a row on slants and drove down the field.
Refusing to play on his man?!?!?
Do you have a quote or any evidence to suggest the coaches told him to play up and he refused to?
Unless Norman just doesnt know the playbook which I highly doubt the plays and game plan dictate the cushion / press etc.
So any quotes from Rivera saying Norman was playing wrong or out of position? Or Norman saying he messed up the play and didnt play the right coverage?
One play in a game sure. But after that the coaches would be in his ear and ass. So I cant see a sane player that wanted to play CONTINUE to play the wrong coverage.