After New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan produced a sack in the third quarter of Sunday’s playoff victory, he began shouting at the Carolina Panthers offensive line.
Jordan wasn’t upset about something cheap jerseys that happened on the play. He was just relaying his thoughts about Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil’s blocking skills.
“I was actually talking more to the other Kalil brother,” Jordan said after the game. “I don’t know his first name, Speedbump. Let’s call him Speedbump McGee. That guy.”
The Saints beat the Panthers, 31-26, to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, and after the game, the boisterous Jordan shared some comical remarks about both Kalil and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
Jordan talked about the importance of forcing the mobile Newton to play as a pocket passer. Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.
“You beat the Carolina Panthers three times in a year, I’m gonna have to send this guy a wine bottle,” Jordan said of Newton, pointing to a bottle of wine in his locker. “I appreciate him for being that good ol’ quarterback. I’m gonna send him a nice little bottle of Jordan wine. No, it’s not mine, but I have been drinking it for years. So, I’m going to send him some sauce.”
Jordan and Newton have exchanged trash talk for years on the field, but this season, it extended into interviews. After the Week 3 game, Jordan made some jokes about Newton’s fashion choices. Leading up to the Week 13 game, Newton remarked on Jordan’s fashion and joked he could “send him some sauce.”
When a reporter noted that Jordan’s sauce comment was a callback to Newton’s joke, Jordan said, “Petty, right?”
Jordan, a first-team All-Pro in 2017, finished Sunday’s game with three tackles, one for loss, one sack and two passes defensed. He also made one of the most important plays late in the fourth quarter when a near-sack resulted in intentional grounding on Newton, helping the Saints prevent the Panthers from coming back.
And Jordan’s best moments came when lined up against Kalil, who signed a five-year, $55.5 million deal with Carolina last offseason to team up with his brother and Panthers center Ryan Kalil.
“Carolina picked him, so the brothers could reunite,” Jordan said. “I think Ryan Kalil is a hell of a player, and Matt Kalil, speedbump.”