A day after his team discombobulated a third-year quarterback playing in his first playoff game, Rams coach Sean McVay and his staff turned their attention to neutralizing the most successful quarterback in NFL history.
Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is not as mobile as the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, but the 22nd-year pro presents myriad problems because of his talent, savvy and playoff experience.
All of those will be factors when the Rams play the defending Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC divisional-round game on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
“He recognizes exactly what’s going on,” McVay said of Brady during a videoconference with reporters on Tuesday, “and so I think the best way is try and influence and affect, move him off his spot, be able to win with your rushes.
“Easier said than done. It’s why he’s the most successful quarterback of all time.”
Brady, 44, finished the season ranked first in the NFL in passing yardage and touchdown passes. He completed nearly 68% of his attempts for 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions.
After their 34-11 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, several Rams said they respect Brady, who is 35-11 in postseason starts, but they are ready for the challenge.
“Tom sees the whole field, and we all know about Tom in the playoffs,” outside linebacker Von Miller said. “He’s incredible, man. We have to play…