Cam Newton had enough free time during the Patriots’ 45-0 victory on Sunday to teach punter Jake Bailey how to dab. Precious.
It’s been a while since the good times rolled for the Patriots — or, at least, since the good guys rolled their opponent this spectacularly.
Sunday’s 45-0 victory in Los Angeles over the prone-to-lose Chargers marked a rare blowout victory in a season full of cardiac squeakers, and it left the gleeful Pats plenty of time on the sidelines to celebrate the game’s heroes.
And, in a game unlike any other, they were mainly special teamers.
As a token of his appreciation, QB Cam Newton tried to give punter Jake Bailey a lesson in proper celebration, giving him a tutorial on Superman’s trademark dab. To say it went well? That could be an overstatement. But it certainly provided us with the requisite amount of glee.
If anyone deserved to dab on ’em in this game, it was the special teams unit as a collective. And Bailey was a major part of pinning rookie sensation Justin Herbert into uncomfortable territory.
Bailey averaged 49.3 yards on his four punts Sunday, only flopping one of ’em into the end zone, and otherwise keeping Los Angeles near their own end zone (the anti-Red Zone, one might say).
Would the vision of a punter dabbing after a particularly effective boot be jarring? Sure. Yeah. Absolutely. But if Newton gives him clearance, then he might as well experiment.
As for the rest of the roster? Newton was coy when asked on Tuesday whether he’d consider helping anyone else out in perfecting the art of the dab.
If Gunner Olszewski keeps up his forward momentum, it would be hard to see him not getting a lesson of his own in the coming weeks.
The Patriots, already very much adjusted to the particulars of playing in California, will get a chance to strut their stuff yet again at SoFi Stadium this Thursday against the Rams. Let’s see if Bailey remembers what he was taught.