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With Rams and Patriots Super Bowl, itís old-school vs new-school
By Chris Camello (@Chris_Camello)
Itís all coming full circle for the New England Patriots clinching their ninth AFC championship in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady Era and heading to their third straight Super Bowl to snatch a sixth championship.
Standing in their way of adding to their prestigious dynasty, is the young, talented, upstart Los Angeles Rams who are heading back to the big game for the first time since 2001, when they were the St. Louis Rams.
For the Patriots, itís an opportunity to play the team where it all began for this iconic and legendary stretch. Except they wonít be facing an offense once labeled ďThe Greatest Show on Turf,Ē featuring talented greats such as Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, and Tory Holt, while being led by coaching great Dick Vermeil.
When the Pats and Rams squared off in Super Bowl 36, the Rams were the heavy favorites, a talented veteran team, trying to build a dynasty of their own. New England was the underdogs led by a relatively unknown quarterback and a career assistant. While one dynasty was expected to continue, another one began.
There is clearly a role reversal 17 years later. The Patriots are now the battle-tested veterans and the clear favorites against a young and unproven quarterback in Jared Goff with a talented but novice head coach in Sean McVay.
Letís face it the Pats were building their legacy when Goff, McVay, and the majority of the Rams players and coaches were children.
An interesting aspect is McVay at 32-years-old will be the youngest head coach ever to appear in a Super Bowl and Brady at 41-years-old will be the oldest quarterback ever to start the big game. A stark contrast to say the least.
In two years, McVay has shown why he deserved to be the head coach of the Rams transforming their dull offense into one of the most potent in the league. His dynamic leadership and energy has already made him one of the best coaches in the game.
However, this will be the biggest test of his young career trying to outdo the savvy, stoic, experienced Belichick. We all know his resume with the championships, but it has been the ability to create a culture and a system which has consistently evolved through the years that has made Belichick a Hall of Fame head coach.
As far as Goff and Brady go, there are similarities to their games. Goff has been seen as a solid game manager but not a true gunslinger. However, the same was said about Brady early in his career, and he proved himself numerous times just how dynamic and clutch he is.
The Patriots will make Super Bowl 53 difficult on the younger, inexperienced Rams, but thereís no doubt McVay, Goff, and their crew will be prepared and give themselves a shot to deny Brady and Belichick a sixth ring.
This is Rams versus Patriots again, LA versus Boston again, but even more interesting the kids versus the vets.