ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have a simple solution to Cam Newton's dancing. Don't let him score. The sight of him crossing the end zone would bother them a lot more than seeing him celebrate with some routine.
It might take Newton to a happy place, as he says. But it won't take the Redskins to one.
The solution is simple.
"Cam's right, if you don't want him to dance, don't let him score," Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton said. "Everyone dances. The guy from Tennessee was dancing after he made a play. That's what everyone does now. We probably have the most dancing-est guy in the NFL on the team in Chris Baker. If I scored a touchdown I'd celebrate, too."
The topic inside the Redskins' locker room focuses more on stopping Newton the player, not Newton the celebrator. Newton drew the ire of some Titans' defenders when he danced after a touchdown and kept going after some players confronted him.
"Cam is an exciting player to watch," Redskins 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."
But the Redskins know one must be done to prevent the other. It's not about getting annoyed by his dancing, but rather the fact that he might have scored.
Besides, the Redskins have enough personality. Baker and end Ricky Jean Francois like their celebratory dances; Baker busted out his Milly Rock dance earlier this season. Jean Francois has done the Peanut Butter Jelly dance. This is also the franchise that gave the NFL the Fun Bunch in the 1980s, who celebrated touchdowns as a group with a leaping high five -- once angering the Cowboys.
"It doesn't bother me," Jean Francois said of Newton. "If you want to dance let the man dance, he just feels the beat, that's it."
Corner DeAngelo Hall said it's not the first time he's faced a player who likes to dance.
"I played against Steve Smith twice a year. If you didn't want him dancing, you had to keep him out of the end zone," Hall said. "But when he got in there, he put on a show. It doesn't bother me one way or another. If he wants to dance, he has to get in the end zone to dance. He got in there and he danced."
And Redskins end Jason Hatcher had his own solution.
"Just turn the music off on him next time," Hatcher said. "That's what I'm gonna do, say, ‘DJ, cut. Enough dancing, Cam.'"