If Tom Brady needed more motivation to beat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, he got it from Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, the player who got away with blatant pass interference late in the NFC Championship Game.
Robey-Coleman, one of the league’s best slot corners, was asked by Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne if Brady’s age was taking a toll on his game. His answer…
“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 says. “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.”
In other words: Brady is still good, but he isn’t what he used to be. That’s a lukewarm take — and one that’s backed by both stats and film — but you better believe the Patriots will use this as kindling for their ridiculous “Nobody Believes in Us” fire. New England was favored in 67 consecutive games before Vegas had the nerve to favor the Chiefs in the AFC title game, now, all of a sudden, the Pats are some Cinderella story.
Robey-Coleman will be criticized for this take, but he’s right. Brady’s arm isn’t what it used to be (duh) and he’s been far less accurate this season. But in the words of the Rams corner, whatever Brady needs to do to win games “still gets done.” Even this lesser version of Brady is better than about 95% of NFL starters.
The Rams cornerback provided Tom Brady with some more motivation. Not that he needed it.