In the two weeks heading into Super Bowl 50, all the media coverage was focused in on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. It was about his running ability, throwing ability, size, dancing, dabbing, how he was going to be the MVP or how he was basically unstoppable.
Us fans grew tired of it, and the players were too.
Chris Harris: "They were the No. 1 offense in the world before this. All y'all talked about was Cam Newton."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) February 8, 2016
While the Carolina Panthers did all the talking during Super Bowl week, the Broncos defense stayed classy and never said anything controversial to fire up the Panthers.
Safety T.J. Ward said they were going to let their pads do all the talking.
"We don’t have to say nothing. We let them do all the talking. We let our pads talk. We talk with our helmets and our shoulder pads. They could do all the media talking, you know what I’m talking about? We’re not about that flashy stuff.
That's exactly what the Broncos did on Sunday during Super Bowl 50. The Panthers were used to being the ones that threw the first punch and then celebrated late. This time, the Broncos threw the first punch, the second punch, the third punch and just kept it going all game. That is why they were the ones celebrating once the fourth quarter ended.
Ward goes on to question the priorities of the Panthers. He says they were worried about dancing, rapping, and the other things while the Broncos were there to play football.
We’re about that grind, putting in that work. Grind it. Work. That’s how you get the ‘ship," safety T.J. Ward said. "They want to be famous. We want to be champions. They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football."
Those are pretty strong words coming from the Broncos defensive players. It's like they knew the Panthers wouldn't be prepared for the battle they were getting themselves into.
Cam entered this game all hyped up. He was all ready to dab, take team photos on the sideline, and just be his usual self, but the Broncos made sure that wasn't going to happen against them.
After linebacker Von Miller strip-sacked Cam late in the first quarter, the Broncos defense noticed Cam's demeanor change. It only got worse after each hit he took and every turnover the Panthers committed.
Safety T.J. Ward noticed this and said that Cam was pouting.
This wasn't supposed to happen. Cam was supposed to dab and dance all game and blow out the Broncos. The Broncos had no answer for Cam Newton. He was too fast, too big, too strong, and would make all the throws. That's all they heard and it only fueled them to success.
"Did you guys see him dance today? He saw us dance," Harris said, laughing.
Harris didn't stop there. He goes on to say the Panthers didn't play anyone nearly as good as the Broncos this year.
"He just hasn't faced nobody," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We looked at their schedule. They played the AFC South. They played the, what conference are they in? I don't know what division they're in. They haven't played nobody man," Harris continued. "So you look at the schedule and we're the first dogs they've played."
After the game, Harris was asked what the defensive game plan was to stop Cam Newton, and he said they wanted to dare Newton to throw the ball.
"We knew that if we got the lead, it was over. Our defense is too good. They weren't going to be able to come back. We knew Cam couldn't travel 80 yards on us," cornerback Chris Harris said. "We dared him to throw. The game plan was, can you throw on us? Me, Aqib Talib and Roby. We knew he couldn't throw on us."
What made this even better, Cam was being interviewed while Harris was answering this, and Cam listened in. This is what prompted Newton to walk out of his interview.
It appears Cam Newton was irritated by Chris Harris' nearby presser. May have led to him walking out of his presser. pic.twitter.com/kLpSTrtY14— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 8, 2016
The Broncos targeted Cam a lot after the game. They heard the talking, saw all the dabbing and dancing and the Broncos came out swinging.