TAMPA — Redskins cornerback Josh Norman voiced his frustrations with the home fans back in Washington following Sunday’s 16-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The team is 3-1 on the road, and Norman was asked about the team’s success when it plays away from FedEx Field.
“I feel like we play better on the road. I’m not going to lie,” Norman said. “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 organization boasted that it had a 50-year home sellout streak before it ended in the home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. The announced 57,013 was the lowest attendance for a Redskins home opener in 21 years at FedEx Field. A long-touted wait list for season tickets also was done away with this season.
“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.”
Frustrations have been building within the fan base because of a lack of success on the field over the past couple of decades. The team only has five playoff appearances since 1993 after winning three Super Bowls between 1982 and 1991.
“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.”