Tom Brady Sr. on Nickell Robey-Coleman’s comments about his son: ‘Sometimes it’s better to shut your mouth’

Robey-Coleman asserted earlier this week that "age has definitely taken a toll" on the younger Brady.

Tom Brady Sr. looks on during Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.
Tom Brady Sr. looks on during Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. –Elsa / Getty Images

Tom Brady Sr. can appreciate some good, heated competition, but he thinks it’s best to wait and let one’s performance do the talking.

Especially if you’re playing his son’s team.

“Sometimes it’s better to shut your mouth, because it’s not in anybody’s best interest to give any of the Patriots bulletin-board material,” Brady Sr. said in an interview Wednesday night on WEEI, after being asked about Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman’s recent comments about his 41-year-old son.

In a Bleacher Report profile earlier this week, Robey-Coleman said that “age has definitely taken a toll” on Tom Brady.

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“For him to still be doing it, that’s a great compliment for him,” said the cornerback. “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.”

Robey-Coleman later clarified that he had “nothing but respect” for Brady, whom he labeled “the Sensei of football.”

Brady Sr. still thinks the initial comments were ill-advised.

“When somebody comes off and wants to say something like that, they’re just trying to make noise for themselves and bring attention to themselves,” he told WEEI. “The Patriots don’t need to do that.”

Brady Sr. added that he assumed Rams coach Sean McVay had a few “choice words for [Robey-Coleman] to chill.”

“It has no bearing on anything, we don’t get limited by somebody else’s expectations,” he said. “It kind of rolls off Tommy’s back.”

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