Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said Tom Brady doesn't look the same as he used to.
Like many NFL defensive backs, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman plays with swagger and confidence. Since being at the center of the controversial no-call that helped send Los Angeles to Super Bowl LIII, Robey-Coleman hasn't held back from voicing his thoughts on how the Rams can take down the Patriots on Sunday.
Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne recently spoke with Robey-Coleman and asked the sixth-year pro if there's any signs of New England quarterback Tom Brady slowing down. Robey-Coleman offered a candid response:
"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."
Robey-Coleman, who went undrafted out of USC in 2013, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills. With the Bills, he was used to facing Brady and the Patriots twice a year, before joining the Rams in 2017. He told Dunne that he has a "hate" for New England, pointing out the franchise's "arrogance" while still commending Bill Belichick's ability to stay one step ahead of opponents.
"I never liked New England," Robey-Coleman said.
Of course, Robey-Coleman isn't the first to make some bold comments leading up to the Super Bowl. On Sunday, Patriots safety Patrick Chung said New England would go down to Atlanta and "kick their a--" during a send-off rally at Gillette Stadium.
The Rams and Patriots will meet in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3. Kickoff from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.