Aqib Talib gives Tom Brady ultimate compliment before Super Bowl LIII

Ryan Hannable
January 25, 2019 - 1:37 pm
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Rams cornerback Aqib Talib spent a year and a half in New England (2012-13) so he knows first-hand just how good Tom Brady is.

Just over a week prior to Super Bowl LIII, Talib gave Brady the ultimate compliment.

“He’s the G.O.A.T., man – one of the best to do it. Super competitive guy and he’s really like the offensive coordinator on the field,” Talib said to reporters Thursday.

The former Patriots corner played in just eight games this season due to injury.

Talib isn't the only member of the Rams praising the 41-year-old Patriots quarterback. Even though head coach Sean McVay was in his teenage years when Brady won his first Super Bowl, he knows just how hard it will be to stop him next Sunday.

“Yeah, it’s a great challenge," he said. "I mean, there’s a reason why he’s arguably one of the greatest of all time, because he does an excellent job of identifying whatever defensive structure you’re in, whether you want to pressure, whether you want to try to put pressure with a four-man rush and play loaded zone or some man principles behind it. He’s got such an ownership on being able to get the ball out of his hand in a timely manner and then he’s got guys that can separate.

"So, it’s got to be a good mixture. We’ve got to identify the things that we want to be able to stop. Any time that you can try to move the quarterback off of his spot, whether that’s interior or edge pressure, just being able to force them to move where they’re not able to just set their feet and work in rhythm – certainly easier said than done, but that’s going to be a key to try to get him off of his rhythm, which not many people have success doing.”

Brady is coming off a strong performance in the AFC title game when he passed for 348 yards in the win over the Chiefs. He's also a four-time Super Bowl MVP.

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