Though they are adversaries in Super Bowl LIII, Rams coach Sean McVay and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have been texting after “basically” every game so far this season.
At least that’s what McVay told Peter King of NBC Sports.
McVay, who first met Belichick in 2014 during joint practices when he was an offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, hung out with Belichick at the NFL Scouting Combine last year and has been in regular contact with the New England coach since then.
“This season, he has basically texted me after every one of our games,” McVay said. “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.”
McVay and Belichick also spoke before the season as the Rams and Patriots were able to execute a trade that sent Brandin Cooks to LA in exchange for a first-round draft pick.
The coaching matchup between 66-year-old Belichick and 33-year-old McVay is one of the most intriguing storylines heading into Sunday’s game.