(CNN)Speaking to reporters last week, Bill Belichick was asked if he's gotten to know his Super Bowl LIII opponent, Rams head coach Sean McVay.
"Yeah, I know him," the 66-year-old Patriots head coach said, which is about the extent of acknowledgment many have come to expect from the man who doesn't give much away.
But McVay clearly has the attention of Belichick (more on that later), who has the most Super Bowl titles (five) of all time, as well as the rest of the NFL.
This will be Belichick's ninth Super Bowl appearance. It's the first for McVay, who, at 33, is the youngest coach in Super Bowl history.
And he is viewed as the NFL's next prodigy.
"Working with him, man, it's a good feeling just to have him as our coach," Rams running back Todd Gurley said. "He's a players' coach. He's a great guy. You can talk to him, you can understand and he does everything for a reason. He does everything for us, for the team. So, you love playing for a guy like that."
A historic hire
In January 2017, the Los Angeles Rams announced their next head football coach. But this wasn't just any hire.
When it was revealed the choice was McVay, it sent shockwaves throughout the league. At 30 years old, he was the youngest head coach in NFL history.
But despite his age, McVay already had several years' experience in the league. And his ability to recall plays -- even ones from a few years ago -- is mind-blowing. A clip from Bleacher Report went viral when McVay was quizzed about specific plays from 2015. McVay did the same thing for HBO's Real Sports back in July.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff, then just off his rookie season, recently recalled having a good impression when McVay interviewed for the job.
"As I was leaving the meeting, (I) got a pretty good idea that he would be the one chosen and was very excited for it," Goff, now 24, said. "It was awesome and it has turned out pretty well, I think."
Coming from a football family
McVay, who was born in 1986, started making connections at a very young age with NFL players around the San Francisco 49ers organization. His gra