Super Bowl: Rams CB dishes out mountain of bulletin board material
Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, made famous for his PI non-call, spewed out plenty of bulletin board material for the Patriots ahead of the Super Bowl.
If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past two weeks from watching the New England Patriots upend the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s that this team is keenly aware of all the outside noise surrounding their organization.
As much as Bill Belichick runs an iron-tight ship with little to no room for media interactions and distractions outside of the game, all it took was Tom Brady telling Tracy Wolfson “everyone thinks we suck” after the divisional round to confirm that Gillette Stadium isn’t completely shut off from the outside world. Julian Edelman started marketing “Bet Against Us” shirts on his website and on Instagram to followers, and suddenly the secret was out.
New England’s players, coaches, staffers, and fans all know what the rhetoric has been surrounding this team in a “down” year, and they’re out to prove they don’t really give a damn.
“I just like winning,” Brady told reporters, refusing to elaborate further on his comments following the Chargers game. Then there was this in the AFC Championship Game:
Edelman screaming, “You’re too old; you’re too old!” just inches from his 41-year-old quarterback’s face… and Brady calmly, coolly, methodically nodding his head up and down. He knows better than anyone what the narrative has been surrounding him this season: that his skills are diminished; he’s a shell of what he once was; he’s free-falling off a cliff of decline; he’d be better off just hanging up his cleats and retiring already.
All of it has been fodder for the Patriots, fuel for the fire burning in their hearts as they seek to capture a sixth Lombardi Trophy. And now, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman – the man known internationally for getting away with one of the most egregious and significant non-calls in NFL history – is dumping kerosene onto that bonfire in a no-holds-barred interview with Bleacher Report.
“I’ve got Buffalo blood running through my veins, so you know I hate these guys,” Robey-Coleman told BR’s Tyler Dunne. “I naturally hate them. I never liked New England.” The veteran corner played four seasons with the Bills before joining the Rams in 2017.
In a wide-ranging report where he also dismisses the angst felt by Saints players and fans still seething from the play he got away with, Robey-Coleman doesn’t hesitate in attacking the legacy of the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback he’ll be squaring up against on Sunday.
"“Don’t fear beating the GOAT. Don’t fear it. Embrace it. Age has definitely taken a toll… 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.”"
The outspoken CB also didn’t hold back when addressing New England as a team, either.
“Stick a dagger in them. They’re not a team that you want to play around with. Stick the dagger in them and don’t leave it in them! Take it out! And let them leak. Let them leak slow. Just kill ’em slowly. That’s how you do them.”
Robey-Coleman paints a fairly graphic picture of what he plans to do to Brady and the rest of the Patriots in Atlanta this weekend. Clearly, he’s as unafraid of his opponent as he is of giving them extra bulletin board material and any added motivation.
You can bet the guys wearing white this Sunday heard him too. And if the last two Patriots games are any indication, Robey-Coleman better be prepared to back up all his talk on the field, because chances are he won’t be given any lucky breaks this time around.