Cam Newton Calls Out 'Even Janitor' at the Line, Gets Asked If It's a Real Call

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers makes a call at the line against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 4th quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Quarterbacks say a wide variety of things at the line of scrimmage pre-snap, some calls being real audibles and some just nonsense to try to throw the defense off.

For example, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton called out "even janitor" during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unless you play for the Panthers, you probably have no idea what that means.

While that signal is fun by itself, the sequence was made even better by someone (not clear if it was a Panther or a Buccaneer) asking Newton if it was a real call. To which he replied, "Yeah."

It would be pretty entertaining if it was a Tampa Bay player who had asked, with Newton just giving a quick answer. Either way, it was a great sound clip that fans don't always get to hear during games.

Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Shula told Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer that "Even Janitor" has been in the system all year:

It could mean something one week and it could mean totally nothing the next week. That’s another thing he’s really good at, when you’re using no huddle and you have to use words and signals.

Every team gets covered and a lot of times it’s (the camera) right on top of you and you have to be creative in that regard because teams can pick up on that. We’ve had that happen to us a couple of times this year. He’s got a good imagination.

Newton led the Panthers to a 38-10 victory over the Buccaneers, with the win improving the team's record to 15-1 and giving Carolina home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.