Defensive duo try to repeat
Phillips coached Talib to Super Bowl win
THOUSAND OAKS — Wade Phillips was asked how the Super Bowl has changed in the 29 years since the Rams defensive coordinator’s first appearance in the ultimate game.
“Well, we didn’t wear leather helmets, if that’s what you mean,” the 71-year-old coach said. “But we did have to play Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.”
Montana’s San Francisco 49ers beat Phillips’ Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans.
Montana tied Terry Bradshaw with his fourth Super Bowl quarterback victory.
The Rams depart Sunday for Atlanta and Super Bowl LIII a week from today, when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will seek his record sixth Super Bowl victory.
There’s another echo of history Phillips feels even better about.
He’s going into the Super Bowl for a second straight time with Aqib Talib as one of his starting cornerbacks.
Talib starred for Phillips on a Denver Broncos that shut down Brady in the AFC Championship Game, and then throttled NFL most valuable player Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50.
“Aqib got me my (Super Bowl) ring, which I’ll always be grateful to him for,” Phillips was saying the other day after the Rams returned to the practice field for Super Bowl LIII. “As a coach, you always have players you’re very fond of.
“But in Aqib’s case, I treasure him as a friend, not just a football player.”
The Rams’ shutdown cornerback also knows head coach Sean Mcvay from his past.
Mcvay began his coaching
New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas tries to get away from Rams’ Aqib Talib during the first half the NFL football NFC championship game Jan. 20.
second ring? —