Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman delivered some bulletin-board material Monday in advance of Super Bowl LIII.
His target was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the message is that Father Time is getting the best of the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer.
“Age has definitely taken a toll,” Robey-Coleman told Bleacher Report. “For him to still be doing it, that’s a great compliment for him. But I think that he’s definitely not the same quarterback he was. Movement. Speed. Velocity. Arm strength. He still can sling it, but he’s not slinging it as much.
“Whatever he was doing — because of his age and all that — he’s not doing as much of that anymore. He’s still doing the same things; he’s just not doing as much of it. And sometimes, it’s not the sharpest. But it still gets done.”
Robey-Coleman saw Brady and the Patriots twice a year from 2013-16 when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills. He is in the second season with the Rams but hasn’t set aside his dislike of the Patriots.
“I’ve got Buffalo blood running through my veins, so you know I hate these guys,” Robey-Coleman said. “I naturally hate them. I never liked New England.”
Robey-Coleman has had an eventful postseason. He wasn’t penalized for either of two fouls on one late fourth-quarter play — pass interference or helmet-to-helmet hit — in the controversial finish to the NFC Championship Game, when the Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints.
Robey-Coleman blasted Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis right as the ball arrived with no call being made. He was later fined $26,739 for the helmet-to-helmet hit.
The 27-year-old Robey-Coleman has six career interceptions in 95 regular-season games (20 starts).
Brady has completed 71.1 percent of his passes this postseason for 691 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He has won five Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.
Zuerlein expects to play
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein expects to play Sunday in Super Bowl LIII despite a left foot sprain.
NFL Network reported Monday that Zuerlein, the only known noteworthy injury on either team, made progress during the idle week since making the game-winning 57-yard field goal to help Los Angeles beat the Saints in the NFC Championship game.
Zuerlein nailed that kick with the injury to his plant foot, which was incurred at halftime of the Rams’ win at New Orleans.
Belichick, McVay are texting pals
Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Rams coach Sean McVay will be rivals in Super Bowl LIII after being texting buddies all season.
McVay said he has gotten to know Belichick after talking to him at the NFL combine last spring.
“He was really great in the conversation we had, really enlightening,” McVay told Peter King of NBCSports.com.
“This is wild: This season, he has basically texted me after every one of our games. After we beat Minnesota in September, he texted, ‘Man, you guys are really explosive and impressive and fun to watch. Congratulation — keep it rolling.’
“For him to even take the time to say congrats, it’s pretty cool. That’s one of the things I like about our business, our fraternity of coaches. As competitive as it is, guys find time to share when they can. I’m still young, still figuring it out. That stuff’s been really helpful to me.”
McVay, who turned 33 last week, is the youngest head coach in the NFL and will be the youngest head coach ever in a Super Bowl. Belichick, 66, is going for his sixth Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots since 2001. He will be trying to become the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.