Nickell Robey-Coleman: Age has taken a toll on Tom Brady

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Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman‘s name has been in a lot of headlines over the last eight days because of his hit on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis late in the NFC Championship Game and Robey-Coleman has responded to the lack of a penalty flag in a variety of ways.

Robey-Coleman will likely be asked about that play a few more times during this week’s media availabilities in Atlanta. He may also be asked about views on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that he shared with Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report.

Robey-Coleman said he sees ways to get to Brady “all over the place” and that the quarterback “will slowly start to reveal himself” if the Rams defense can stay connected. What will be revealed? Robey-Coleman faced Brady several times over four years with the Bills and thinks the current version is noticeably different.

“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 said. “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.”

Brady’s enjoyed pushing back at any notion that he and the Patriots have lost a step and making the Super Bowl is a pretty compelling counterargument. We’ll find out Sunday if the Rams are able to move the needle in the other direction.

50 responses to “Nickell Robey-Coleman: Age has taken a toll on Tom Brady

  1. “will slowly start to reveal himself”
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    As the best QB the NFL has ever seen. It took some longer than others to see it for themselves.

  2. Brady will be fine so long as Robey doesn’t make another deliberately illegal “football play”.

  3. If Manning got his second SB with zero arm strength and mobility, imagine what Brady can do for another 5-10 years.

    Light his big mouth up Tom!!

  4. Even before this comment, I guarantee that Belichick and Brady’s game plan for the Super Bowl contained lots and lots of passes to whoever is being covered by NRC. He won’t be able to so much as breathe on anyone without getting a flag after what happened in the NFC Championship game. If I were McVay, I would seriously consider not even taking him to Atlanta.

  5. His arm is probably not as strong as it was 15 years ago. But we all know it takes a lot more than arm strength to be a successful quarterback in this league.

    These guys who talk trash off the field never learn…

  6. Shouldn’t have said it, but he’s not wrong. It’s a credit to Brady that he’s still playing so well at 41, and he usually still makes all the throws but he was a bit sharper the previous few years.

  7. Do you really think Tom Brady was sitting around and looking for motivation to win a Super Bowl? Seriously? And if you read the whole quote, you’ll see that he’s kind of right. Brady isn’t going to beat you by throwing 50 yard passes. He throws underneath to Edelman and mid-range to Gronk. They are just so effective at it that it’s difficult to stop (which is what he said).

    And honestly, I’m tired of all the tip-toeing that players and coaches do when it comes to talking about the other team. This is football, a sport where someone has to win and someone has to lose. The game is always decided by the number of points on the scoreboard, not who trash talked the most, or said the nicest things. It has nothing to do with what was said 6 days before they hit the field.

  8. His arm isn’t the same as when he was 25, but that didn’t stop Greg Maddux either. And its not like Brady has an Odell Beckham or anything to throw bombs to. He just moves the sticks with what he still has in the tank and his smarts.

  9. ugh not smart at all. Just keep it to yourself dude….

    I really hope Wade Phillips is smarter than the chiefs and actually covers Edelman on 3rd down. Or at the very least don’t let him get a free release for the underneath stuff…

  10. Perfect, another Robey-Coleman quote to start off the Stuper Bowl Week. Boy the Rams and the NFL use this guy like a puppet to avoid the largest looming question “How many games has the NFL fixed?” Goodell remains in hiding and his silence is arrogant and an admission of guilt.

  11. Haha Brady has never had speed or arm strength like literally never. Thats the reason he has been able to play so long because his best attributes aren’t strictly athletic. And he hasn’t had to sling it with White/Michel/Burkhead and all the others in the backfield last few years.

  12. Brady burns you for TD #1: “That one’s for Nickell”

    Brady burns you for TD #2: “That one’s for Robey”

    Brady burns you for TD #3: “That one’s for Coleman”

  13. pastabelly says:
    January 28, 2019 at 9:37 am
    We have our new Freddie Mitchell.
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    Or maybe we have this year’s Malcolm Butler, the guy that doesn’t see the field. The Pats have a knack for posterizing guys that flap their gums. It’s not the best idea to paint a target on your back at any time during SB week, let alone doing it before media night.

  14. Michael Mullins says:
    January 28, 2019 at 10:23 am
    Haha Brady has never had speed or arm strength like literally never. Thats the reason he has been able to play so long because his best attributes aren’t strictly athletic. And he hasn’t had to sling it with White/Michel/Burkhead and all the others in the backfield last few years.

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    So when Brady threw an effortless 43 yard pass to Dorsett for the TD or the lasers on 3rd and 10 to Edelman his arm was terrible.

  15. jr325 says:
    January 28, 2019 at 10:07 am
    ugh not smart at all. Just keep it to yourself dude….

    I really hope Wade Phillips is smarter than the chiefs and actually covers Edelman on 3rd down. Or at the very least don’t let him get a free release for the underneath stuff…

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    They did cover Edelman on third down. He just beat the coverage.

  16. Chill_Donahue says:
    January 28, 2019 at 10:03 am
    His arm isn’t the same as when he was 25, but that didn’t stop Greg Maddux either. And its not like Brady has an Odell Beckham or anything to throw bombs to. He just moves the sticks with what he still has in the tank and his smarts.

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    He can still throw it 60+ yards. The throw to Dorsett last week was 43 yards in the air and it was a lob. What more do people want?

  17. Forget the bulliten board material, why would this guy draw attention to himself at all? The refs are going to calling him on every little grab or push as it is.

  18. So when Brady threw an effortless 43 yard pass to Dorsett for the TD or the lasers on 3rd and 10 to Edelman his arm was terrible.

    What are you reading into? I never said his arm was terrible. I said he never had had a big arm, he throws the ball with finesse and accuracy so he doesn’t need to have a cannon hence me saying why he has lasted so long.

  19. Count…the…rings. He’s older & all that goes with it but he’s still great within their system…now Manning, that’s a dude who hung around way too long (quack-quack).

  20. Oh my. Thank you for this gift, Nick! This is *exactly* the kind of thing Brady will key on all week. Wow.

  21. rageviral says:
    January 28, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Brady has never had arm strength. He has even less now. There’s probably high school kids that can throw it further than him.

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    Thankfully winning has practically nothing to do with how far you an chuck an object.

    This is football, not track & field. Put your tape measure away.

  22. You are playing the Pats, chance of getting a no call like you did against the Saints is zero!

  23. You’re letting you ego to fluctuate. Be humble or be humiliated. BTW-I am not a fan of either team.

  24. Looks like that illegal helmet to helmet took a toll on Robey-Coleman’s judgment. Anyway, Brady used to abuse the clown when he was in Buffalo (when Tom was 39) that Nicole still has flashbacks.

  25. anyone who thinks Brady can beat Father Time is delusional. Remember, this guy was inches away(offside penalty) from being the goat, not the G.O.A.T.

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