Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod checks in with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson and Scoop B Radio. Press Play Below To Listen!
Hate him or love him, Tom Brady is legitimately the ultimate winner. The New England Patriots’ star quarterback has won two NFL MVP awards, four Super Bowl MVP awards and a record five Super Bowls wins.
He’ll go for his sixth ring on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl LII.
Las Vegas has perched the Eagles as a 5.5 point underdog against the Patriots despite blowing out the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game and outshing the NFC with a 13-3 record and losing their star quarterback Carson Wentz with an ACL injury.
But I digress.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense has the arduous task of stop a Tom Brady-led offense who turned the tables on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game. The Pats wiped out a Jags 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and won 24-20 to advance to Sunday’s big game.
So does the 5.5 underdog thing bother the birds?
“I don’t really pay too much attention to it,” Philadelphia Eagles Rodney McLeod told me on Monday evenings episode of Scoop B Radio.
“That’s been like that all playoffs for us. You know obviously, people come with these predictions. But all that matter is facts and at the end of the day we go out there on Sunday and do our jobs, then we’ll handle business. And the facts will be that the Eagles came out with the win.”
The Eagles and the Patriots couldn’t be more opposite. The Patriots are legitimately the most dominant, successful franchise in 21st century American sports. And the Eagles? Well, they’re a team that has gone 57 seasons without a championship.
The Eagles secondary that includes McLeod also features Malcolm Jenkins, along with Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson has the task of facing one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL.
They’re not enemies and both team have been quite respectful of the other.
So, I’m curious: What does McLeod and his secondary actually respect about the Patriots?
“Their attention to detail,” he said.
“I think that’s their biggest strengths, they don’t beat themselves up about something and they play 60 minutes of ball. Whether they’re up or whether they’re down, they play 60 minutes of ball. And that’s what you got to do, you gotta bring it each and every quarter. They’re a team that makes great adjustments and we have to do the same.”
McLeod believes that the winner of Sunday’s game will win by managing the clock and by doing things the right way. “It’s going to come down to penalties,” he said.
“Who’s able to make adjustments throughout the game and then who’s able to put four quarters of work together.”
An undrafted free agent and six year NFL veteran, this is McLeod’s first Super Bowl and he’s uber excited. The ultimate dream for any safety would be to get that golden opportunity to get an interception on the game’s best quarterback.
So is an INT in your future?
“Man, honestly, I’m hoping to get one, at least one off Tom Brady,” Rodney McLeod told me. “But, at the end of the day I’m not going to go out there and try to make these, you know, legendary plays.”
McLeod plans to play like he always does. “Just be myself, make the plays that come to me and if it’s my chance to get that interception, I’m going to make the most of it,” he said.
“But I’m planning on hopefully getting that Tom Brady ball this my first time going against him. So, what better way than the Super Bowl to get an interception versus the Hall of Famer, Tom Brady.”