New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick and Los Angeles Rams' head coach Sean McVay are set to meet in the Super Bowl in Atlanta on Sunday night.
Belichick and McVay are obviously foes heading into the Super Bowl, but there's apparently a great admiration between the two head coaches.
NBC Sports' Peter King reports that Belichick has actually been sending McVay text messages throughout the season.
Belichick has been a big fan of the Rams this season.
"Man, you guys are really explosive and impressive and fun to watch. Congratulations—keep it rolling," Belichick reportedly texted McVay after the Rams beat the Vikings in September.
Here's more, from King's report:
“He was really great in the conversation we had, really enlightening. This is wild: This season, he has basically texted me after every one of our games. After we beat Minnesota in September, he texted, ‘Man, you guys are really explosive and impressive and fun to watch. Congratulations—keep it rolling.’ For him to even take the time to say congrats, it’s pretty cool. That’s one of the things I like about our business, our fraternity of coaches. As competitive as it is, guys find time to share when they can. I’m still young, still figuring it out. That stuff’s been really helpful to me.”
Maybe it’s not just the professor, Belichick, giving the answers to the test to the student, McVay. McVay’s got a lot to share too. I’ve met two other current head coaches (not in the McVay’s NFC West) who have sought advice on offensive trends and schemes from him, though he’s more than a decade younger than they are. Belichick keeps relationships with lots of coaches who aren’t just the big-name guys. He wants to learn what’s new and what’s next.
The last time a McVay-led offense faced a Belichick-team was in 2015, when the Redskins faced the Patriots. It did not go well for McVay, as Washington was blown out, 27-10.
Will the Super Bowl be any different?
Los Angeles and New England are set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be on CBS.