It isn’t often that the microphone picks up things like this.
Trash talking is part of the game in the NFL. Players jabber back and forth with each other before and after plays, and sometimes during them as well.
But this exchange between Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was unique even by NFL standards. The microphone captured the pair matching wits pre-snap.
Matthews calls out a potential wheel route coming up from Carolina, based off his film study. Newton acknowledges Matthews’ studiousness, and then tells him to “watch this” before he throws a touchdown to running back Christian McCaffrey.
Clay Matthews: It's that wheel route, it's that wheel route
Cam Newton: You been watching film, huh?
Cam: That's cool. Watch this
Cam: Slant to McCaffrey TD
I can't stop watching this.pic.twitter.com/PZcfiayC7T
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 18, 2017
The cat-and-mouse game in pro football is incredible.
This clip is a brilliant, and humorous, insight into that part of the game.