Defensive end Jason Hatcher say he'd take defensive lineman Chris Baker (he's got the Milly Rock down) in a dance competition over Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. But, quickly after, he admitted that Newton would still probably win just because of his popularity.
That was at an all-time high last Sunday, when Newton, celebrating a touchdown, danced for 10 seconds in the end zone, doing the "Dab," and frustrating Titans players who had seen enough of his moves and him shaking off defenders.
If you're curious about the origin of the "Dab," a friend of mine compiled a comprehensive list of players who have already tried it out this season.
Naturally, the talk in the Redskins locker room this week was whether they took issue with the dancing, or if Newton already gave the right blue print for how to stop the dance: you just need to stop him.
"I hope the ref's don't let nobody dance for 10 seconds, but it is what it is," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "When guys get in the end zone, they celebrate. You don't want a guy celebrating; you got to keep him out of the end zone. I actually haven't seen the Tennessee thing, or anything, but I don't know how rowdy they got but that's kind of, my philosophy on it. Guys going to dance when they score, it kind of is what it is. I was with Steve Smith for a number of years, and if you didn't want him dancing in the end zone, and making you look crazy, you kept him out of it."
It should be noted that Hall had no idea what the "Dab" was and had never seen it before, probably like most of America prior to Sunday.
"The guy's entertaining. He's good for the sport," Hatcher said. "A well-spoken guy and he does everything right. Just turn the music on and he'll start dancing. That's what I'm going to do, I'm going to say 'DJ cut! Enough dancing Cam.'"
"Cam is an exciting player to watch," head coach Jay Gruden said. "Sometimes, I like to tune in on the television to see what he does on end zone celebrations, to be honest with you, just as long as it's not against us. But we have to keep our heads, man. He will make some plays, you know, very similar to all the great players in the National Football League that you're facing on a week-to-week basis. Those guys are going to make a few plays, we just have to deal with them, play with class and go from there."
Nose tackle Terrance Knighton wasn't too impressed about all the Newton questions. "Everybody dances," he yelled out during the open locker room session. Though, dancing isn't exactly for everyone on the field.
In other words, don't expect quarterback Kirk Cousins to break out into something if he scores.
"That's not his thing, he doesn't do that," wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. "Just like to see him win the game, that's all that matters."
Cousins admitted as much, and pleaded negligent to Newton's dance moves Sunday, on a conference call with the Carolina media.
"To be honest, I don't speak from a place of much knowledge because I've barely seen his celebration," Cousins said. I'm kind of ignorant. I can't say a whole lot. I know he has a lot more rhythm than I do, and that lends itself to having more freedom with your ability to celebrate. I kind of am restricted to only a few things, which include yelling, 'You like that.' If I had more rhythm I would love to be a little more creative. But unfortunately I don't."
Then he thoughtt on it a little more (emphasis on the little).
"I don't think it would tick me off," he said. "No, its part of playing the game, part of having fun and enjoying it and you know, that is about all the thought I give to it."