Nickell Robey-Coleman Believes "Age Has Taken a Toll on Tom Brady"
While most of the media attention has focused on Tom Brady and Jared Goff as the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams make preparations for the Super Bowl. But that hasn't stopped Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman from becoming public enemy number one for Patriots fans.
If you'll recall, the Rams DB played a critical role in the Rams win against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game. With the Saints on the verge of closing out the game, Robey-Coleman flattened Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in a play that should've earned a pass interference and/or a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player penalty. The Rams corner spoke about the now infamous play to Bleacher Report.
"I put his ass on a Waffle House frying pan! It was football! If you don't know the sport, well, then, news flash: We hit people. It's the NFL. And sometimes, we'd rather take a flag and hit somebody than somebody catch and score on us."
Eventually, Robey-Coleman moved on to discuss the "arrogant" New England Patriots and if Brady needed any additional motivation, Robey-Coleman is happy to oblige.
"Yes. Yes. Age has definitely taken a toll. 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,” Robey-Coleman said. “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 believes the Rams can take advantage of Brady and the Patriots offense but we've heard the narrative that Brady is old and slowing down all season. The Patriots still managed to throw for over 4,350 yards with 29 touchdowns and will be playing in his ninth Super Bowl.
But fighting as the underdog and doing the unexpected is something Robey-Coleman has become accustomed to doing. The full-length feature on the dynamic Rams DB goes in-depth to how Robey-Coleman climbed his way through the ranks to get to where he's at now. It's certainly an interesting read and well worth your time.
As for the pre-game banter from the Robey-Coleman? Expect plenty more as the Super Bowl media week kicks off in full swing this week.