ATLANTA — If things had gone differently last March, Ndamukong Suh might have ended up with the Jets instead of in the Super Bowl with the Rams.

Suh and the Jets engaged in talks after he was released by the Dolphins. The Jets made Suh an offer but changed their minds and rescinded it a few days later.

“It was close,” Suh said Monday of signing with the Jets. “I wanted to take a visit there. I had some good conversation with Todd Bowles and the defensive staff, but some things fell apart and I kind of went from there.”

Suh landed with a better team. He signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Rams and now will try to win a ring Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.


There was some question whether Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers got a hand or a finger on the Drew Brees pass intended for Tommylee Lewis in the NFC Championship — the fateful pass that was not completed when cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman blatantly committed a pass interference penalty that was not called.

“Not sure,” Brockers said. “From the angle the ref had, it might have looked like that, for sure.”

Countless replays of the play did not show any sign Brockers touched the ball, and he is tired of hearing about the blown non-call that helped the Rams beat the Saints 26-23 in overtime to advance.

“Now that we’re in this point, we’re in the Super Bowl, it’s kind of like, ‘Let it go,’ ” Brockers said. “But you consistently hear people talk about, ‘Maybe they should play the game again and stuff like that.’ It’s like, that’s ridiculous.”


It came as no surprise Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff attracted the most attention during the first Rams media availability of the week. Both gave their interviews sitting behind podiums, an assignment kicker Greg Zuerlein did not get. Without him, though, the Rams would not be here, as the kicker called “Greg the Leg” hit a 48-yard field goal late in regulation to pull the Rams into a 23-23 tie with the Saints in the NFC title game and later hit a titanic 57-yard field goal to win it in overtime.

Zuerlein did not have a podium but he attracted plenty of attention. How did that make him feel?

“Inadequate,” he said. “I would much rather be over there by myself.”

The kick that put the Rams into the Super Bowl was a career boost for Zuerlein and his teammates, and Rams fans have not let him forget what he did for the franchise.

“I was very pleased and happy to make that, obviously,” he said. “It’s a big kick, but more importantly, it gave our team happiness. Not just me personally. It was better for the whole team. I didn’t do that by myself. Our field goal team did it and all the other plays led up to that. It wasn’t just that kick or that play. It was the whole game.’’

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