Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman had an eventful NFC Championship. Now, it appears he will have an eventful Super Bowl as well.
The 27-year-old was at the center of a firestorm of controversy in the Rams’ win over the Saints to earn a trip to Super Bowl LIII. Robey-Coleman committed at least one penalty defending Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on a critical play in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship, but wasn’t called by the officials.
Now, he’s courting another controversy.
In a profile by Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne, Robey-Coleman spoke candidly about Tom Brady.
“Age has definitely taken a toll,” said Robey-Coleman. “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.”
As for opportunities for the Rams to pressure Brady, the Los Angeles defensive back said he sees chances “all over the place.”
Robey-Coleman notably admitted that his hit on Lewis in the NFC Championship was pass interference.
“Ah, hell yeah that was PI,” he told reporters after the game. Still, the threats he’s gotten since then haven’t fazed him.
“Wolves don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep,” Robey-Coleman told Dunne.
Strong statements are something the former Bills cornerback is accustomed to. Robey-Coleman was unequivocal in his view of the Patriots organization as a whole.
“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 predicts Sunday’s game will go a little like the bar fight scene in A Bronx Tale, with the Rams playing the role of the Italian mobsters and the Patriots the visiting biker gang.
“We kick ‘em out of the bar, beat ‘em up—and the one thing [Chazz Palminteri’s character Sonny] said, he looked down at a guy and said, ‘I did this to you.’ That’s how I want to feel: I did this to you. I did this to you.”